How good are/were your schoolteachers?:
- Mike R., health - good. Not the most exciting person of all time, but he taught the material, and he dealt reasonably effectively with a pretty rowdy class.
- [can't remember first name] N., a subject that was basically home economics - Same as above.
- Susan S., biology - pretty dedicated teacher who stayed nicely on topic and kept the class focused, but with sprinklings of humor.
- Jon S., debate - now this guy I didn't like. Yes, he covered content well in class, but outside of class, for mandatory-for-class debate tournament participation, he played favorites, which very much spilled into classroom politics. (Granted, [AC:> politics in a debate class]])
- Lisa C., mathematics - hard-working, disciplined teacher, always came prepared and dealt effectively with classroom shenanigans.
- Sandra I., English - somewhat-effective teacher, but had an annoying tendency to revel in a cult of personality around declaring herself "Queen of Evil" and teasing those students who sucked up to her. Not particularly satisfied, though she did definitely start me onto a road of understanding literary devices that has led me eventually to this very site.
- Robert A., Latin - dedicated, if quirky, teacher, who taught quite effectively (in terms of retention) and whom students quite fondly remember.
- Abby O., chemistry - dedicated to the subject matter, but somewhat disorganized. Highly motivated, though, and also sponsored school teams to compete in engineering competitions. Credited with sparking my interest in engineering.
- Robert S., history - good teacher, stayed on topic, and kept students engaged even when the material was somewhat boring, though a bit slow.
- Luis G., gym - decent, I guess, though there wasn't much to teach in gym; it was more of a supervisory role, to make sure that students used the period for actual exercising—walking circles around the gym at the very least. Somewhat fond of challenging me to chess matches, based on me being the resident (although not the only) nerd in the class.
- Peter L., mathematics - took a college-like approach to teaching: lectured for first half of class, and left students to their own devices to study, do homework, or goof off for the second half, effectively holding office hours. Seems ineffective, but apparently it worked rather well in terms of test and AP scores. Highly effective at shenanigans control, often humorously pwning the person in question. Very fondly regarded.
- Gina R., physics - decent, but her quirks were a bit much.
- Joanne M., English - very nice teacher, and very encouraging of creativity.
- Kai E., psychology - heavily steeped in quirks and personality, which were very distracting to the class as a whole. Relationship with ex-wife and sons and his dating exploits were interesting the first time only. Ineffective at incubating my interest in the topic; only years later did I realize I was interested in psychology.
- Dirk G., physics - not particularly engaging or charismatic, but effective at teaching the material, disciplined and dedicated.
- Michael Y., government and economics - again very focused on his personality, and lots of quirks. He did try to teach the material, but failed to incubate my interest in economics, which I also only discovered years later. (Was already interested in government, but he didn't add much to my interest.)
- Michelle S., American history - fast lecturer, but between her speaking style and the subject matter, highly engaging. I credit her (and George W. Bush) with getting me interested in U.S. history and politics.
- Al M., European history - basically taught like a college professor, with a period-long lecture requiring reasonably fast note-taking. Quite effective, though, and quite fondly remembered.
- [I forget first name] M., Latin - distance-learning teacher for our small class of eight, when our school refused to let Robert A. (mentioned above) spend one class slot teaching it. Did what she could, though the distance learning setup was not conducive to concentration (nor are high school juniors and seniors). Reasonably effective at teaching.
- [I forget the name], AP Biology lab component - class was hosted at a local community college, so this doesn't count.
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- 2nd grade (first half), general. A really wonderful woman. We talk now and then.
- 4th grade, general. Intelligent, good-natured and an exceptional educator.
- 9th grade, English. Generally cool on multiple levels. Big fan of group discussion, which I love.
- 10th grade, European history. Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire. Very informative and funny.
- 12th grade, physics. A genuinely good man with total mastery of the Jerkass Façade.
- 2nd grade (second half), general. Having a bad year does not excuse terrifying your students.
- 8th grade, mathematics. The resulting incident is the stuff of legend. I almost wish I'd hit him.
- 8th grade, academic support. Mind-bogglingly unintelligent and annoying.
- 9th grade, phys ed. A sadistic, self-satisfied prick. Nothing more need be said of him. Ever.
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- Capovilla, engaging man with a penchant for humor.
- Carter, ADHD practically always tripping balls, always a good laugh with him.
- Halverson, bubbly, easy going and very attentive.
- Cavanaugh, intelligent, informative, takes discussion to a higher level.
- Cranall, decent guy, let me play minesweeper after finishing work.
- Posner, very sociable, thoughtful, and kind.
- Frau Wilson, stereotypical german; hard ass and full of holocaust guilt.
- Thomson, unintelligent about subject, soft voice doesn't carry back to class, poor class control skills. I got a C in her class solely because of her incompetence. I aced the final.
- Mc Hugh, pervy wanker.
- Bennet, poor teaching skills, very inattentive.
- Theis, health ed teacher, self righteous, morally holier then thou
- Taylor, hard ass, unhelpful, showed blatant favoritism, nicknamed "Art Nazi"
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- Theatre/Shakespeare: Witty and entertaining, but had really high standards and low tolerance for slackers and rude people.
- Pre-AP US History: Fun, entertaining, lectures. We derailed a lot because he would answer any questions we asked if they were loosely related to whatever we were discussing. We didn't just learn about the political aspects of history but also cultural developments. He made learning even the Industrial Revolution fun, and I've always hated learning about the Industrial Revolution.
- Pre-AP English: Pretty cool guy, taught us how to decipher even the most complicated texts.
- Freshman World History teacher: You're supposed to be teaching WORLD HISTORY, not why green energy is the way to go and why x politician or y corporation is evil because they ruin the environment. Made us watch that boring slideshow called An Inconvenient Truth. Had to drop at least one global warming anvil a day. The only useful thing was that all-too-brief unit of Revolutions (American, French, Russian, Haitian, etc).
- Freshman English: I don't think I learned anything this year. The assigned books were so boring that I skimmed them or used Spark Notes, which is something that rarely happens. Yeah, her book choices were that bad. At least we got a lot of free reading time.
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