Here are some selected comments from former supervisors. What I want to impress upon you is that I failed miserably as a young drama teacher, and struggled for years to teach as effectively as I wanted to, but the following comments suggest I may have succeeded after all.
“Harry is a dedicated and highly skilled professional. He has wide ranging expertise and an excellent capacity and willingness to learn. ….He has a superb work ethic and has consistently demonstrated his capacity to multi task and deliver to deadlines. Further Harry has demonstrated a capable approach to problem solving and a willingness to consult and engage others. I find Harry to be personable and approachable and have been most impressed with the speed with which he learned a whole new system and stepped up to perform his duties as an executive teacher.
Kerryn Oliver (Former Principal Nulunbuy High School, N.T., Australia) December 2007
“……Harry is a loyal and supportive member of our staff. He maintains good relationships with colleagues, students and parents. He is an efficient administrator, and meets deadlines in a timely fashion. A very capable organizer, Harry can be relied upon to approach complex tasks methodically and with diligence.
This teacher has taken performing arts at our school to a higher level than I had anticipated would be possible. Harry’s productions have been very popular with the entire community.
Gez Hayden (Former Director, Nanjing International School, Nanjing, China) June 2007
“…..I have been very impressed with Harry’s ability to motivate administrators, colleagues, students and assistants to ensure successful large productions.
This was done in spite of some notable difficulties, throughout which Harry remained calm and focused, encouraging cast and crew to get on with their jobs. Growth in student involvement has reflected Harry’s positive approach, with numbers trebling over the last three years to now include almost half the students.
Harry has been a trusted colleague who is able to accept and work with decisions which do not necessarily suit him. He voices concerns in a reasoned fashion and is supportive of administration and colleagues and students. Harry sets high standards of commitment and works very hard at modeling these.
….I recommend Harry to you as a person who is very capable in his field, exhibits personal moral strengths and can work collaboratively with students and staff.”
Richard Swart (Principal, Nanjing International School, Nanjing, China) June 2007
“ During his time here I found him to be a conscientious teacher who coordinated the Drama Faculty and played the important role of managing our Performing Arts Centre. He developed the facility and encouraged outside use on a commercial basis. He was responsible for its income/expenditure budget and many improvements made in that time.
I have found Mr. Tawse to be a dedicated, hardworking teacher who relates well to his students and gains excellent participation and achievement through to year 12.”
Neville Green (former principal Berwick Secondary College, Berwick, Australia) February 1992
“ Mr. Tawse tutored me in Technical Production (Victorian College of The Arts, Drama School) and I was impressed by his dedication to his work and also his understanding of the needs of students. When I heard he was available I immediately appointed him as tutor with the theatre department at Melbourne University (Student Union).
......I feel that his contribution and enthusiasm will be of enormous benefit to the people that he works with and to those whom he teaches”
Scott Ramsay (former Theatre Manager, Melbourne University Union, Melbourne, Australia)