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Mr. Andrew Sawyer
My name is Andrew Sawyer, and welcome to the Jaguar Team here at East Middle School. I look forward to another tremendous school year teaching reading, language arts, and health.
In reading this year, the students will read a variety of books that focus on a variety of genres and themes. In addition, many important skills along with many important state standards will be met. In language arts, the primary focus will be on the “6 Traits of Writing”, and each of the traits will be embedded into a variety of writing genres throughout the school year including Narrative, Argumentative, and Informational writing. As the year begins, look for further information pertaining to both reading and language arts in my weekly newsletter, and always feel free to visit Infinite Campus for assignments and grades.
Reading and language arts, however, are not my only responsibilities. I am also an advisor for a select group of students on the Jaguar team. The goal of advisory is to build positive relationships with students while closely monitoring their academic progress. Additionally, I will be teaching health this year where we'll cover three major units - physical, emotional, and social health.
Now for some other information to help better introduce myself - I grew up in Edina, and I graduated from Edina High School in 1996. I then went on to graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2000, where I majored in elementary education and minored in coaching. In 2004, I obtained my Master’s of Arts in Education degree from St. Mary’s University, and this will be my 15th year teaching in Shakopee.
Outside of school, I’m married to my beautiful wife Sara, and we have two wonderful sons Jack, 12, and Sam, 10. Life at home is busy, but fantastic.
With my spare time, I enjoy a variety of hobbies and activities. I love to read, golf, play basketball, and spend time with family and friends. Also, I’m a huge fan of all the local sports teams, most notably the Twins, Timberwolves, Gophers, and Vikings.
In closing, I would like to reiterate how thrilled I am to be at East this year. I absolutely love being a teacher, and I look forward to an awesome school year.