Does not teach. Instead assigns 'busy work' consisting of insisting students spend their valuable time writing in "Cornell note" format summarized notes of chapters and articles. Talks mainly about herself and politics. Should not be a teacher.
Mrs. C-K was one of the most knowledgeable, competent teachers I've had. She previously served in government, and clearly has a passion for history and civic education. Granted, her course workload was difficult, but was not as inhumanely brutal as some claimed--if you managed your time and did the work instead of complaining/BS-ing, you were fine. Her class prepared us very thoroughly for the AP exam. She is a wonderful person as well, and very approachable and helpful outside of class.
she's a good person, but the work she assigns is too excessive and is of 0 help. i've easily pulled 10+ allnighters doing her work or studying for her class. i would never recommend her class.... EVER. but she's super cute so mrehh
Where do I begin.... Assigns packets which are nearly always copied of the internet. Her tests can be found online but often times the wrong answer on the test is correct. If you try to approach her about this she uses some backward logic to explain the answer. Her assignments don't truly assess your knowledge and are graded only off of her opinion of the student. All you ever do in class is work on the packets which do cover material but take an unreasonable amount of time. LOL GREAT CLASS!!!!!
She was a terrible teacher and had a bad attitude. Don't take this class unless you're good at history. We were always assigned long packets and vocabulary cards that had to be done a SPECIFIC way. Most of our time in class was spent on watching videos vaguely related to American history and taking Cornell notes or making Cornell notes on certain articles. She didn't prepare me much for the AP test so it's mostly self-study.
Very knowledgeable, cares much more about WTP than APUSH and makes that very clear, to the detriment of the APUSH students' attitudes. Inconsistent; tells different periods different things, unreasonable and insists she's always right. Work is manageable if spread out; packets and reflections are ridiculously time-consuming busy work. Class time spent doing worksheet after worksheet. Rarely actually sits down and explains material, expects students to make connections themselves.
Bad teaching. Waste time.
gives a lot of work.
She is the stupidest teacher at Irvington. She thinks that her long experience teaching at Irvington means that she knows everything. Her test r extremely hard, and she doesn't even teach anything. The packets and flashcard r completely useless.
Never take APUSH with he no matter what.
Only take if you like history! Tbh packet work is very manageable if you start early and pace yourself! Workload is actually not that heavy since you have a week to write 6-7 paragraphs + flags cards. Do not like her selection of the Survey textbook because it is presented in a very monotone, one-sided way. The textbook is thick and has a myriad of unnecessary details, in addition to the fact that is composed by only one author. Primary sources in the packet do help me
Busy work. No education. Mostly life stories. Do no recommend APUSH at Irvington after this course.
Kind of sad that she feels her curriculum prepares students for AP testing.. Waste of a year doing pointless busy work every day.
Most of the assignments in CK's apush class is made up of packets and notecards that she assigns for every chapter. They don't really help students understand the concept better, and they take a TON of time. She doesn't teach much either; when she does, she plays slideshows and makes us take notes. She is very knowledgeable, but she rarely actually teaches. Her tests are not easy, and require actual studying to do well. If you want to get a 5 on the AP exam, you will have to prepare yourself.
She is a horrible teacher! She doesn't teach and her tests are extremely hard. She's strict and always wants you to follow her exact directions. She's not respectful to her students!
CK doesn't actually teach her APUSH classes. Usually in class, we just do classwork and the homework she assigns. Her homework doesn't really help me, and she's REALLY specific about us following directions. Also, she asks pretty specific things on tests. I don't feel that I'm actually getting anything out of her class, and that she probably shouldn't be a teacher.
Do not take We The People, despite the fact that Irvington's team makes it to the state finals every year. Also, you will not learn econ in her econ class. Like another person said already, she is stubborn and intimidating. Only take her class if you want to waste all your time 1st semester senior year, have little time to spend on college apps, and fail the AP Gov Test.
not returning parents phone call or email, claiming school phone/email system not working and nerve got the message!
She's a very nice person but doesn't care about her APUSH classes. She just assigns random work which she thinks is the most helpful thing on the planet when really it is something that KEEPS students from studying becuse they are time consuming and useless. In class she rarely teaches and gives more useless work in the form of "classwork". Then on top of that she expects you to be masters in history which is impossible because you have no will to do anything after those stinkin packets.
CK is pretty knowledgeable about the material she teaches, but she cares about her We The People class a lot more than her APUSH classes. The APUSH class is kind of self taught, but she teaches pretty well when she actually teaches. A lot of class time is spent working on classwork or homework, so it's pretty easy to get distracted and let a lot of work pile up.
She knows her coursework and material very well, she has many qualifications and is very intelligent. However her problem is that she is very stubborn and intimidating. There is no arguing with her, she is always correct in her mind and will not give you a chance to justify yourself. If you get on her bad side then she will intentionally make the year very difficult for you, if you get on her good side she will jump through hoops to see you succeed. I wouldn't necessarily call her a good teacher
She is an excellent teacher, one of the best. Her class is not easy, but you learn a lot. She is dedicated and committed to teaching. She's amazing.
are you nuts? irvington will go down and will be a sad place indeed if cook kallio is still here. I am her student and know her more than you...
Ms. Cook-Kallio is extremely passionate about teaching, especially for her We the People kids. She teaches four AP classes, one of which is the time-consuming AP Government / We the People. I am a We the People student and I would just like to say that the class is truly life-changing. While it may be true that WTP soaks up your time and it is difficult to find the balance between classes, Ms. Cook-Kallio is very keen on bringing in life experiences to the plate - making class very interesting.
class is basically ALOT of busy work, tests are hard if you dont study, she doesnt teach well, and her class in particular is boring
she is always willing to go out of your way to help you. When I had problems in my life, she was the person I talked to. I would have not been able to survive senior year without her. WTP For Life
Most of the reviews are from students that didn't get good grades and are blaming their incompetence on her. In fact I learned a lot in this class and she is very nice as along as you're nice to her.
She doesn't know what she talks about in the classes, most of the time she talks about her past experience which has nothing to do with classes.
Cook-Kallio is a mean person and doesn't like to teach. She prefer to collect more bonus for her free flight tickets.
her negative attitude and statement in her class do significantly impede the development of all students. We should file a petition and she should be fired.
Methods effective for the overpacked classes she is forced to tend to. Passion she has for the subject is refreshing. With good study habits the class is surely manageable.
I hate this teacher, worst teacher in the world, no in the history. Shes sooooooo arrogant, just because she thinks she is a pleasanton council member, she is the best.
She's nice, she's smart. A math teacher always attacks her class - WE THE PEOPLE, but I never heard any complaint from Mrs. Cook-Kallio.
Comparing her to that German math teacher, she is okay. I knew that some people have issues with her. I hope she'll be able to avoid getting into trouble, and parents can avoid being used by others.
SHE IS THE BEST WE THE PEOPLE COACH IN THE UNIVERSE!
She is my favorite teacher, but I got a 1 on my AP Exam. I do regret taking her class-wasting of my time.
Of course, you must be nice to her, If she likes you, you have an A. This is the way it works in most public schools.
My dad passed away several years ago and my grades were not good at all. she's the only teacher who listens' to my story. she cares about my grade and gave me an "A" in her class.
Cook-Kallio said that teachers unions protect her and Principal always supports her...
The APUSH exam was so hard! Her class didn't prepare me for it!!! What a waste of a year!!
Her grades are very subjective. If she likes you, you have an A. If she doesn't, you have an F. That's just the way it works in her classroom.
you learn a lot abt us hist in her class. but she gives tooo much busy work that wont help you learn for ap exam
I had an 88%, she promised me that she would give me an A if I got 5 in my AP test. When I got 5, she still gave me a B and said that she doesn't feel like...
I learn nothing because she doesn't really teach, it is class- cook-kallio .
Her class is really easy. It is a very boring class though, kind of painful to sit through. But if you need an easy A.......
She's nice in that she'll let you do test corrections and turn in late work. But she NEVER tells us when anything is due or anything like that. "Read the board!" is her excuse but it's still very conf
Mrs. Cook-kallio is really chill for an APush teacher and gives a decent amount of work. She has a problem with clarifying when things are due. It gets kind of annoying! You rarely ever know when a pa
She really helped me out with my writing. She actually cares about whether I am learning, not what my grade happens to be. I was having problems and she listened and helped me out.
She's the most incompetent teacher I have had. I honestly can't believe she hasn't been fired for how lazy she is. For APUSH, all she does is play Hippocampus while she types on her laptop.
APUSH is too easy i don't try and i have a 97 the class is a joke, i don't see how you don't have a A in the classs
One of the best if not the best teacher I have ever had. I had her for 2 years. Once for AP US History and again for We The People. Her classes help me succeed in life!!!
Does not teach at all; all book work. Terrible with technology, tends to lose your grades. Likes to complain a lot about personal life.
CK is great. Especially for WTP. She changed my views completely about a lot of things, and made me very interested in politics.
didnt teach anything the whole year, just gave packets, and didnt even check those herself. class should have been called AP cook-callio, i learned more about her life than u.s. history
Easiest AP class ever. You learn everything by yourself. Her "lectures" are actually stories gloating about how important she is.
Lectures were as helpful as a blow to the head. Packets, while they were a lot of work, did help. If you aren't WTP, she won't care, so don't even try.
She's a great person and definitely awesome for WTP. She expects you to learn most of the info yourself. Duh, it's AP, but when you ask, she's pretty helpful.
Mrs Cook Kallio is a great teacher. She has a passion for History and she shows it. That class requires a lot of dedication, but it's fun.
Mrs CK's the best. The packets for AP were what helped me get a decent score on the exam. She really does put her students first, you just need to approach her. I love you Mrs CK!
She is a mother-like figure to all of her students. We can see that she has a passion for the subject of american history while displaying it for her students.
she doesnt really teach to learn, it just seems lie a whoe bunch of work that doesnt stick with us
Plays favorites with the ppl who share her opinions. Just lectures straight from the book.
Okay, her teaching is fine for learning history but not for the AP test. She'd be fine if she weren't so stuck up on her stupid opinions.She's a drama queen.
Didn't help us when we needed it most for the AP test
maybe a bit too much attention to we the people. she does an incredible job relating history to present date stuff
not easy, but the wonderous rewards and memories will stay with you forever! join wtp ppl, you wont regret it <3
Good teacher i guess, but all we do is lecture and packets. Yes ppl do actually sleep during lectures! She talks so fast its hard 2 take notes during lectures.
Pretty good, but you have to study. A lot. The packets get annoying real quickly too.
Has a passion for history and loves students who like the subject. Tends to go off on tangents. Tests can be unfair. Hints: read the book and DON'T CHEAT.
mrs. cook kallio is cool..but she doesn't teach very well. it's okay cuz i still love her.
Her lectures are enthralling, although I and some other students tend to fall asleep anyway. Overall a great teacher though with a passion for history.
Good teacher, but the following directions stuff is a peeve
A great lecturer (though some claim to sleep), she captures the chapters well & applies what we're learning to current events. I wish she was clearer on papers.
she's so nice and fun! and she shows an interest in what you do outside of class, too. she's totally brilliant & got some kind of special history scholarship.