I had the extreme privilege of taking classes and acting under the direction of Mr. Warthan. He stands out as the most influential teacher I was so very lucky to have in high school (I graduated in '79). As a teacher of drama as literature, as one who came up with simple but brilliant homework exercises such as observation notebooks, and as a director of a wide range of plays -- from musicals to an adaptation of a short story by Dostoevsky to Shakespeare -- Mr. Warthan inspired so many of us!
He was one of my all-time favorite teachers, and ten years later I still remember tons of things I learned in his class. He would absolutely eviscerate a poorly written paper, but all of his comments were constructive, and they made getting an A something to really be proud of. Shakespeare class was always fascinating, and he made sense of even the most confusing passages.
Mr. Warthen connected with me. Many years after having taken his Drama class his guidance and passion finally inspired me to change fields and forge ahead in the entertainment business. I have been
I had John Warthen for English classes in the early 1980s. I still use stuff I learned in his class now, 25 years later. He is as good as it gets.
Mr. Warthen is a great teacher and i hope to take shakespearian literature with him next year.
I graduated ARHS in 1991, and I've never forgotten Mr. Warthen - he was the best teacher I ever had. Difficult, demanding, but always fair and always passionate about his subjects. I learned so much from him, and I'm grateful to have had him.
Mr. Warthen's a great guy, and very dedicated to what he does. Plus his class is fun, he engages everyone in a friendly way, unlike a lot of teachers.
Plays favorites...if he dislikes you or your beliefs, you will get a bad grade no matter how well your essay is composed or written.
warthen is a good guy, i wish all teachers were as good as him, but unfortunately most arent
Mr. Warthen not only knows his Shakespeare and baseball, but he remembers your papers. It makes class more fun. Plus, he's like Santa Claus! Good director, too
If he doesn't agree with your viewpoints, you won't get a good grade, no matter how well the essay is written or how well you back up your response.
If you interperate a play differently, you will get a low grade, no matter how well you write. Chooses favorites
warthen is awsome! he's a funny, quirky teacher with kind of a twisted sense of humor that is insanely amusing!
Very intelligent baseball and shakespear fan. He did seem to pick some favorites (I think I was one of them.)
My writing improved a lot, and the class was pretty challenging. If i had tried, i bet i could have done okay.
like joe jacobs, a true great who changed lives, worthy of harvard
Mr. Warthen! I accidentally gave Jacobs your credit for my acting passion! xoxox
full of contradictions. oft over critical, but a true passion to teach.
A gifted, enthusiastic teacher, a theater-fanatic, and a loving soul.
I finally learned how to truly write! the most useful class I ever took at ARHS
Told me once that I was a mediocre writer that could write something spectacular
Mr. Warthen taught me more about writing than I learned in 4 years of college.
To truly do well in his class, you needed a passion for his subject matter.
the remarks on papers were more disparaging than helpful
I take with me to this day the things I learned in his classes.
i loved mr. warthen, he really helped me grow as an individual, a rare find.