Average 4.18 based on 56 teacher ratings
Barbara Retzko is a Music teacher at Ridge High School located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and part of Bernards Township School District. Barbara Retzko's 56 teacher ratings contributes to Ridge High School's ranking of 642 in New Jersey. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Ridge High School is 4.04 stars.
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She is really mean and harsh. She doesn't care about kids who aren't in the in crowd. Her attitude is awful. She is a serious bullier. I saw her make so many students cry.

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Simply put, she is a bully. She picks favorites and is very rude, insensitive, and even occasionally cruel to those who aren't her favorites or the 'popular' kids. If someone isn't a popular kid, she makes it even worse for them. Her knowledge of music is amazing, and she is great at actually handling the subject matter, but she is not fundamentally a good person.

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Retz is a great teacher who creates a safe, and fun environment. She knows everything about choral music and music theory!

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Retz gets down to business. But that's important if you want to learn. She is a passionate teacher who can seem a little intimidating, but in the best of all ways. She makes you love music and all tha

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she is actually the best teacher at this school and is willing to to do anything to help. music students will remember her for the rest of their lives :)

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nice, great teacher, very patient

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Retz is an extremely intelligent woman of which I have always respected. To this day though, I am still just a little afraid of her as she is intimidating, but still she is a very kind person.

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Mrs. Retzko is a great TEACHER of the music but always pick favorites and it can be very unfair to her students.

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she does pick favorites. but when u get down to business shes AMAZING at teaching music. she makes yhou feel it. had her for chior all four years and a capella for three and i loved her!!!!

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Retz isn't a little intimidating at first; she's very intimidating. But once she takes the time to get to know you (or vice versa) she's probably the best and most helpful teacher you'll eve have. :)

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omg make sure you get on her good side asap. be friendly with her and know your music. it's not hard to get on her good side, as long as you weren't on her bad side first. first impressions will stick

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well, she is very intimidating at first. i was terrified of her most of freshman year. she can be mean or nice, depending on her unpredictable moods, but shes good cause she rly knows what shes doing.

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She's an excellent teacher. Very helpful. Unfortunately, it's true she picks favorites.

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Best teacher and mentor ever!

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Puts her own best interest first. If you take private voice from her, go on her summer trips, and put her on a pedestal, you've go it made. Moody, moody, moody.

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there are no words. she's an amazing person.

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wow, I love Retz, great person, true and funny at times, she knows her stuff

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Retz, she is probably the top #1 person on the list of most awesome people and coolest people, nicest, sweetest, one of the best teachers on the WHOLE FRIGGIN PLANET!!!!!!!! :-D ~Stef

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All the good posts are from by the choir freaks, who idolize her. For the other kids who were unlucky enough to take a music class, she is a very annoying teacher who chooses favorites. She takes music way too seriously.

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Retz is such a very very good teacher. She's fun and she is just amazing! She is so true to her students and very enthusiastic. We love her so much and we know she loves us too.

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pretty much best most awesomest amazing teacher ever

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OBVIOUSLY THE BEST TEACHER AT RIDGE!!!

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I've never seen anyone handle 100+ rambuncious students so efficiently. I used her techniques on second graders during my summer job. ;)... best teacher around.

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used to be fun. this year started making us write papers and stuff...it's chorus...why papers? i know she's trying to help us learn...but come on.

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Retz is just so cool...

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eh it is ok we dont sing as much as i would like to not structured enough

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Probably one of the best teachers i have had. is very nice and open to students. incredibly helpful and encouraging

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It has to be her way.

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very awesome person ^.^

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awesome teacher. she knows how to handle 100 obnoxious high schoolers better than anyone else. trust me i was the worst one hahahah

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Retz is nice when your respectful. If you talk when she is talking your going down. Watch yourself. Good teacher!

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Quite possibly one of the greatest people on this planet. Retz is always there to listen 'n laugh and oh yea-- a totally phenomenal choral director!!!!

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Retz is awesome. I think she hates me but she's an awesome teacher. If anyone else was teaching music theory I'd fail.

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coolest teacher EVER

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Amazing person, who not only helps us strive for excellence, but to be a good individual

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AWESOME TEACHER! GO RETZ!!

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I love her! I have her for music theory... she's awesome.

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Retz is amazing

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Retz rocks. 'Nuff said. Very easy going and always willing to laugh at the antics I pulled... Especically since I can't sing. ^.^

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we all love you retz...

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Retz is the best! Yea music theory and group voice! she really works with you and helps you to understand. Retz really makes learning fun. She looks out for you

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great choir director, knows her stuff-- can be insensitive, though.... although, she has had to go through some tough stuff in life....

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Ms. Retzco has so much energy and is really good at what she doea

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I am terrified of her when I'm alone, but she's awesome and amazing at what she does.

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the wisest person i have ever met.

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We're so lucky to have you Retz!

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great teacher, love her class

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retz is the best!

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Very Helpful, great lady, fun to be around

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AWESOME!

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what a brilliant, talented woman. so smart!

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