Average 2.6 based on 51 teacher ratings
Cathy Olinger is a Music teacher at Tesoro High School located in Las Flores, California. When comparing Cathy Olinger's ratings to other teachers in the state of California, Cathy Olinger's ratings are below the average of 4.25 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Tesoro High School is 4.09 stars.
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Even though Mrs. Olinger can be monotonous and strict sometimes, it is really easy to see that she really cares about music and the success of the group. She has an outstanding work ethic and definitely knows what she is doing. With so many years of experience it is clear that she is a great teacher and music educator.

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The only reason the orchestra is good is because of our middle school teachers and those who take private lessons. The theory tests are terrible and she talks Forever. Most of the class is her talking. Even though orchestra may not be the best, please please please stay in it for all 4 years trust me you will be thanking me (colleges love it a lot).

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Olinger doesn't challenge us enough. She gives us middle school level music and her singing is horrid.

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Orchestra was very fun in middle school. I never imagined absolutely hating going to it in high school. For the last few months I was so over it that I think I just pretended to play.

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I am the timpanist in the TEU, and my first impressions of Mrs. O were very contrary to how she is described by my peers. She has proven extremely helpful to me. However, I've seen what she's done to others, and let's just say that's why I'm not giving her a perfect 5 stars

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Olinger is a teacher that /loves/ to pick favorites and bag on the talented students for being talanted. Her teaching methods are unclear, and she has made me want to simoly stop my musical career with her constant negativity. If you can avoid her, do it at all costs.

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Unlike my experience with the Benefield (totally miss him), I don't feel like I've improved at all with her. Nice enough lady. Kind of sucks the fun out of orchestra.

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Some people can understand Mrs. O while others prefer Magana well I appreciate all she has done for our school and for the growing music program. Thanks Mrs. O!

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mrs. o tries really hard. one time i went to get my instrument a couple of hours after school had ended and there she was, in her office, listening to a recording, and conducting. some of the things she says are ridiculous and she does have favorites. however, she works really hard and we should give her credit for that.

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Personally i think she is against concert orchestra..i mean seriously i think she should lighten up on them theyre not that bad...i think that they might even be better than string ensemble.

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dedicated for sure. Mean, mean, mean to kids - non motivating - talked about kids to other adults - absolutley unacceptable

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wow i can't stand mrs. olinger... she makes me not like orchestra anymore

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Mrs. Olinger is a very nice and dedicated lady, she just isn't as talented a teacher as Mr. Magana.

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i have her from commercial music composition and she is really nice and works pretty hard. ive learned a lot and she seems really dedicated.

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you all are reeeeaaallly mean people.mrs O worked reeeaaaallly hard to make our music program successful. she may not be the bees knees...but our program is the best thanks to her.

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She hates you already...

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Mrs. O cannot teach for beans!!! She does not know what she is doing. She has favorites which is really annoying. She moves people around right before a concert or festival.

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No one can stand to be in band after a few years. She has destroyed many students' enjoyment of the music program. Many band kids that I know have quit solely because of her.

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Not bad, but she precedes every statement/critique with a whole irrelevent monolouge. She needs to just get to the point. Apart from that, she's fine. Just shut up in class and she'll be OK.

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Not very helpful, and she singles out the same people over and over. Can be pretty mean, esp. to handicapped ppl . . .

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way 2 uptight chill down and stop making fun of people behind their backs wannabe music teacher

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Mrs. O can be hard teacher to understand but when you shut up and listen for a while she makes sense. it's just getting everyone to shut up thats the trick

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She's not so bad. If you really do work hard, at least on an individual basis she'll treat you with respect.

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Always picks on submissive students. Uses discrimation to motivate instead of encouragement. Uses logical fallacies to justify her wrongs.klld the music insd me

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Well she's always been nice to me! Probably because I don't talk and disrupt her. If you would stop being jerks to her, shed be nice to you too!

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i have her for advisement, she's kinda boring but she's really a sweet and caring person, she may not be that cool but she cares and that's what counts

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doesnt even kno how 2 play the violin or any string instrument..is bitter most of the time..i hav 2 say shes the only one who laughs at her jokes..

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Lighten up guys, she deals with a load of crud. She's a fair person if u would just could just come out of yur bubble and care for someone else besides yurself.

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Uh yeah. She's quite an odd one. Music used to be fun until I get her for a director. Well, at least it's a no-brainer A class.

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She is the REASON I CAME TO TESORO!

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Not very nice, never wants to let you go and scares you a lot..

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i hate this teacher!!!!

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Advise: quit talking about unrelated things...not all people can afford to go to Europe, so you are being prejudice against poor people! 2 forgive more often.

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she`z ok to us as a group.. but when it comez to just you and her.. she`z not the nicest person..

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I personally think you are a terrible teacher. You do nothing to help, you always talk about band and you make fun of students thinking its "funny", well ITSNOT

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Shes a nice enough person, I suppose, but she can never admit when shes wrong, and when she makes a mistake she doesn't fix it, so you're stuck with it.

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she cant teach as good and she doesnt really pay attention to some people that are just learning to play.

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Always out supporting our groups

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Loses things and won't let you make up ANY tests because "it's only 10 points" but those 10 points are out of 200. She also talks excessively about nonsense.

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She seems neurotic at times, but she knows what is best for the group and has achieved amazing accomplishments for band and orchestra.

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Oh Yikes Yer kidding...worst STOP TALKINGDUDE!!

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has no idea what shes doing or any knowlegde of music

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If you think about it she's not that bad of a teacher, it could be a lot worse!

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she is the worst teacher ever

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I love music and her class she is a nice person, but sometimes makes us feel bad about other activities and our work

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she works so hard and is really dedicated to the band program. You might get too streesed out because you have way to much to do.

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despite her... she is a nice woman and she knows best for the groups

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sucks. plays favorites too. and lies all the time.

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I love band don't get me wrong..just she can never admit when she's wrong when she is..and has a few mood changes periodically..bad to good or vice versa...

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can't make up her mind

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