Ted Dawe

Director of Studies
Taylors College Auckland

Ted comes from a background in education that was formed during his early childhood; his parents were teachers and his sisters were teachers. He has taught in a range of private and public schools here in Auckland, as well as Sydney and London. His teaching specialty was English with an emphasis on writing and public speaking. These are two of his interests which he has maintained and developed over the years. He says “I passionately believe that to read, to write and to speak are the three most important skills for success in life.”

He has been trained in Te reo rangatira’ the language of oratory. In this capacity he has acted as ‘kai korero’ or leader on many Maori marae visits over the years and this has stood him in good stead for the Orientations and Graduations which are two of his responsibilities at Taylors college.

As well as this Ted is a keen writer. He has written five novels and a collection of Short Stories. His first novel Thunder Road won the NZ Post Young Adult novel prize, as well as the ‘best 1st book’ prize. In 2013 his novel Into the River won both the Young Adult Novel prize as well as the Inaugural Margaret Mahy Children’s book of the year.

As Director of Studies Ted has responsibility for seeing that students receive the best possible teaching, that the curriculum is dynamic and relevant to first year university courses and that students have a person to go to when they encounter problems. He enjoys his job and looks forward to the arrival of every new intake. He says “I never cease to be amazed at the progress that students make between orientation and graduation. They arrive confused and nervous and after just forty weeks or so we see ambitious, excited students about to take on university, and the world."