Average 4.75 based on 87 teacher ratings
Barbara Swovelin is an English teacher at Torrey Pines High School located in San Diego, California and part of San Dieguito Union High. Barbara Swovelin's 87 teacher ratings contributes to Torrey Pines High School's ranking of 1,278 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Torrey Pines High School is 3.9 stars.
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Best teacher I have ever had. Period. She may grade really hard, but come on! She goes so super in depth in class that it's expected that she would ask you to have high quality in your writing. She is the funniest, quirkiest person I have ever met, and she made my freshman year incredibly fun. I've had her as both an English teacher and an Academic Team coach. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE her (and I ended up with a 100% in her class).

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Swovie is the best teacher I've ever had. She's very quirky, but her enthusiasm makes you love the books. She'll do everything from acting out a scene with a dying dog to drawing Odysseus with his ships on the board in Expo marker. Her excitement really bubbles over; even people you wouldn't typically expect to love English ended up really enjoying the class. She does her absolute best to make class enjoyable, and she succeeds. I've learned more from her than any other English teacher I've had.

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she is one of the most effective teachers out there, she literally wrote the book on teaching english. she can be a very tough grader but really she expects the best.

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Mrs. Swovelin is by far the best teacher I have ever had. The first semester is so difficult, but it's only because you're getting used to her hard grading and "GD"'s. My first day of school I remember absolutely hating her, but I'm so glad I stuck with the class. She genuinely cares how everyone does and pushes people to be the very best they can be. If you get her, hang in there, it'll be great in the long run. Happy birthday Miss Swovie, sink me!

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She is AMAZING. Absolutely wonderful. At the beginning of the year, she weirded the crap out of me. But I began to love her quirkyness xD
She teaches you the best ways to study and take notes. GO SWOVIE <3

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BEST TEACHER OF MY LIFE. I STRIVE TO BE LIKE HER.PERIOD

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She is weird and quirky and she is a horribly hard grader. But she is ok because she kind of forces you to work harder than any other class. I MEAN IT. this class also kinda murders everyone

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Literally the best teacher I've ever had. The first unit is super challenging, but it helped me push my limits. Mrs Swovelin is not only an amazing teacher, but she is also so funny and truly cares about her students. it's a difficult class, but so worth it.

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BEST TEACHER IVE HAD <3 shes so understanding, and second semester its impossible not to get an A. She taught me sooo much I am forever grateful :)

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She is by far, the best english teacher I ever had. In the beggining she's really challenging and pushes you over the top but you learn alot from her class and its definitely one of my most enjoyable! I love her so much.

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Mrs. Swovelin is definitely the best teacher I've had so far. She's incredibly funny, so energetic,

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She was a very challenging teacher, but she's really a lot of fun...when she doesn't talk to you personally. I tried as hard as I could, and didn't drop the class (I should have), but for (continued)

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You will never meet anyone truly as gifted as Mrs. Swovelin. Not only is she hilarious, her skills are astounding. by the way, she's literally a genius. Like for real. Shes a mind wizard. AMAZING.

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She is the brightest person one will ever meet. She changed my LIFE. Before her, my essays and performance in English was pretty much below average. NOW, I am far more advanced than most of the class

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literally a genius. terribly hard, but you will learn a lot!

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A hard grader but very understanding and an amazing teacher. GD in your UT!

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I strive to be Barbara Lynn Swovelin.

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Swovelin is absolutely amazing. Please live forever Swovelin. The world needs your help to GD in the UT.

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Mrs.Swovelin is REALLY difficult. You will work the hardest you have ever worked in any class before but the knowledge you gain from the class is worth it. I can honestly say that after taking Mrs.Swovelin, i can handle any english course.

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Hardest teacher ever. At the same time, best teacher ever. You learn a lot and shes really nice. Prepares you for a lot of things that life will throw at you

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BEST CLASS EVER!!! LOVE SWOVIE!!!

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i love swovie!the only class where you learn soooo much!shes THE BEST.the homework can be overwhelming,but hey,i get through it.talk abut skydiving,flying,and former students.but dont talk about her kids because she doesnt have any..

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Swovie is amazing and you won't want to let go of her class

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Really nice teacher. Swovie is the best

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Trust me, don't drop. Swovie is the awesomest teacher you will ever have. I don't like english, but i loved her class. Thanks Swovie!

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If only all of my teachers were as good as Swovie...

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English 9 Honors is DIFFICULT!!!

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The public juxtaposition of A-quality work and C-quality work serves to efficiently embarrass the C student, precipitating his dropping of the class. This illustrates the tendency among students to admit defeat prematurely and give up. The course of his life is governed and determined by the letters he receives on his papers. Don't be like this arbitrary Joe Schmo, buckle down, and GD. Pointy grades come with knowledge.This class is the most rewarding class I've ever attended. Thank you Mrs. Swovelin.

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She is really hilarious in class, but the homework is really hard. If you try hard she will love you and you will do great in the class. She does a really good job preparing you for next year.

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Swovie was an absolutely amazing teacher. Her class is really hard, but you learn so much from her. You do have to get on her good side though, getting on her bad side will only get you public humiliation (kinda) in class.

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she's a good teacher. AND i learned alot. but she hated me cuz i was pretty slow. just make sure that she likes u, and ur all set.

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by fat the best teacher i've ever had. she is extrmely hard but really loves all her students. I love you swovie<3

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swovey is an excellent teacher, her class is kinda hard, but you become so much better at english

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entertaining, interesting, and definitely not boring. I was so happy when she said I hate grades the first day of school, but that actually turns the class into an extremely difficult one, not easy. It would be my top class if graded easier. However, you cannot leave that class without saying "I am 10 times better at English."

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BEST TEACHER EVER :]

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hard class but amazing teacher, learn how to write no matter what

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she wrote the cliff notes AP test prep book for AP LANG... so shes gotta be good for something

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She is the BEST english teacher I have ever had. I had her freshman year and even though her class was super hard I'm so glad I had her. She actually taught me how to write and is a teacher I will remember for the rest of my life. She loves what she does and knows exactly what she is doing....the best class I have ever taken!!! I want her again as a senior

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Funniest person alive.

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Swovie is the best! I'm just finishing up my freshman year with her and she's so enthusiastic that you can't help but pay attention. The woman is brilliant, and this is easily my favorite class and my favorite teacher. I also had her as my Academic Team coach this year and she made it one of the best experiences ever. She's willing to help, so if you get her, do your best, even if it's hard int he beginning! I definitely want her as a senior for AP Lit. :D

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Fantastic teacher. Very kind, very patient, and BRILLIANT. I got SO much more out of her English classes than the other teachers.

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I LOVED swovelin! she was so sweet and really cares about each of her students, she's willing to help out as much as she can, if it appears as though you've worked hard all year she'll definitely round up your grade

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Swovie is fantastic.

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So hard!!!! Although she is willing to spend every lunch helping a student. Really nice and overall cares about you and your hard work. I learned so much from her! Lots of homeowrk

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She is awesom. By far the best HS teacher ive had so far. if your willing to work hrd then she will love you! I learned more from her in the first week of school then i learned in a year of nther teac

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She is an incredible incredible not to mention incredible teacher. Amazing. You will learn SO much and seriously be 10 times smarter by the time you get out of that class. The assignments are hard, and you will be up into the wee hours of the night with other fellow classmates but it is TOTALLY worth it. When you get to college, you'll see what I mean. You shall be an amazing writer/ analyzer and pass the AP Test fo' shizzle! If you don't like English (or working hard) get out before it's too late.

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Easily the best teacher I've ever had and easily the one that I learned the most from. She does her job amazingly well and is passionate and helpful, not to mention incredibly knowledgeable. It's by no means an easy class, but she doesn't assign busy work or pointless projects.

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hardest, best teacher i've ever had. awesome in everything she does, from english to academic team. hope i get her again as a senior. amazing woman, exceptionally high standards.

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swovie is an AMAZING teacher and person. she is the hardest ever though. be dedicated and let her help you. what a neat lady!

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SHE IS THE BEST TEACHER EVER!!!!!!!111 there may be a lot of work, but every single minute is worth it!! we love you, swovey!

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Mixed feelings... there is an incredile amount of homewrk that serves no purpose, but she is a great help with the college essay. Still... WAY TOO HARD!!

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A great teacher, but there is way too much work. The class is practically impossible

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i believe she is without a doubt the best teacher i have had or will ever have. she has changed the way i think and am(for the better). she's truly amazing.

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As I always say about Swovey: She's the hardest but greatest teacher I have ever had. I was lucky enough to have Eng 9 with her last yr. Amazing woman.

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Awfully hard but supppperr sweet and nice :) Swovy rocks

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I had her as an Academic Team Coach, and she made it really fun at practices. I really want her class for senior year! She's nice, if you study your stuff.

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FUNNY AND NICE what more can you ask?

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Best English teacher ever lived. She is awsome

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swovy's the best

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great teacher

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she's so cool! english's my favorite class! it's pretty hard and you have to think universal truths but it's she's really helpful and you learn alot!

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Swovy may be hard, but shes super nice, and an outstanding teacher!

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she's a teacher whom you hate for all the hard work you have to do during the year, but LOVE when it's done and can see how much you learned and have improved!

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I graduated in 99 and I still believe Swovelin is one of the best teachers I have ever had. I attribute my success at Penn to her. Work hard--it pays off.

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HARD... I had her last year... hard but very nice. You better think in her class or you'll be very sad/mad when you get your report card...Lucky I got a B. w00t

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I love swovelin!!

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Cool teacher, and if you don't think so then you either did not have her or do not belong in honors.

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reall nice!!! just hard class

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havent had her yet, but ive worked withher and shes soo nice! seems to really enjoy what she does, but is harddd and good

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i don't know why she doesn't teach college/masters courses, but bless her heart for teaching the high schoolers! she's the smartest woman ever.

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so cool.

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bad:pretends to be nicer than is. must get on good side n study hard. "i love all students" exterior, partial interior good:learn lots, cool proj, has enthusiam

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You would be lucky to have such an incredible teacher and an intelect. There are few like her left!

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mrs. swovelin is AWESOME!!! and i want her again as a senior!! yay!

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Despite never having her for english, Ms. Swovelin was one of my favorite teachers. Really, really funny, and can relate on a different level than most teachers

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one time my sister showed her she was wrong and she made my sister feel bad in front of the class. when my sister brought in proof, Ms. Swovelin never apologize

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pretends to be nicer than she is. doesn't know as much as she pretends. play her game and she loves you.

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Best English, if not overall teacher I have ever had. Knows what she is doing, doesn't bore you with pointless crap, awesome personality.

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Mrs. Swovelin is an awesome teacher. She's funny and helps people understand the English language better.

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Mrs. Swovelin is an amazing teacher, and is always there to talk or help when you need it

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so caring!

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We are mortal enemies. There can be only one.

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