Average 4.55 based on 76 teacher ratings
Christopher Murphy is a History teacher at Amador Valley High School located in Pleasanton, California and part of Pleasanton Unified School dISTRICT. Christopher Murphy's 76 teacher ratings contributes to Amador Valley High School's ranking of 987 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Amador Valley High School is 4.09 stars.
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Mr Murphy is a class act! I did not pay much attention when had him in the early 2000s. I am sure i was one of his lowest performing students. It was until ten years after his class, that everything makes sense. Pay close attention in his class. This guy is giving you gold! Learn how history repeats itself and what rights you have as a citizen! This man is a patriot!

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Chris Murphy is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is a teacher who is actually concerned about educating his students and not just feeding them information to memorize from a textbook. His exams and essays can be difficult. Chris expects you to be focused, attentive, and dedicated because it is a college level course. If you are not, he will call you out and embarrass you in front of the whole class. He prepares you well for AP exam.

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Mr. Murphy is pretty awesome. He's funny and makes the class entertaining. The only reason I gave him 3/5 on difficulty is because I do not have any interest whatsoever in History.

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I sincerely love what Mr. Murphy teaches to his students. Not only does he teach the course well, he also supplements us with insightful lectures about the "real" world, the future, and challenges that must be conquered. My only complaint is the way he singles out students by picking on random people to answer difficult and very abstract questions, oftentimes making them(me) feel incredibly awkward.

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hardest testts omggggggggggggggggggggg

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The man, the Murph, the legend

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His class was easy yet I learn a lot. Even though I only had him for normal world, he taught me how to write history essays so well that I got 7s on my APUSH essays the next year. He was funny and interesting and he was one of the best teachers I had.

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Great teacher. He makes a lot of jokes and explains history in a way that makes sense. If you get him, stick with it cause you'll love the class. HE TELLS THE BEST STORIES TOO LIKE THE SHOULDER PADS ONE

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Mr. Murphy does a really good job teaching how to write essays in AP, and overall was one of my favorite teachers last year. In AP, you kind of have to learn a lot of the material on your own at home, but Mr. Murphy really prepared me for the AP exam. It was a piece of cake, my classmates and I were literally laughing because it was so easy compared to Mr. Murphy's tests. It really says something when every single person passes, and most people get 5's (myself included).

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He's not an easy teacher. But what's most important is that you can tell he truly cares about his students. Not simply about teaching them, but he respects them as students. If you work hard, he'll see it. You won't have the easiest time in his class, but stick with it. The experience is worth it. You won't find many teachers like this.

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Great teacher, I learned a lot (easiness is low because I took AP), helped understand the materiel.

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Mr.Murphy has got to be the best teacher I've ever had, not necessarily because he teaches his subject good (It didn't make a difference to me since I was such a history buff I already could pass the final exam the first day I entered the class) but because he simply understands students better. He knows the limits of every student and gets angry when they don't reach them. He'll simply make you a better student in general.

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One of the best teachers I've ever had. I had him last year for AP World and he honestly does such an amazing job in preparing his students for the AP exam. Also, it is obvious that he genuinely cares for his students and wants to see them succeed as I went in multiple times for help before essays and tests. Last thing I have to say: TILF.

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Let's up the Murph's ratings!!! haha you can tell who's in AP and who's not.
GREATEST TEACHER EVER i know i will still remember this material 10 years from now.

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Best teacher i have ever had.

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he's from the C.I.A... I wouldn't trust giving this guy your private info, like your name oh and anyone from the middle east to him is a t.e.r.r.o.r.i.s.t

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He's really good.

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Best teacher ever. the end.

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Mr. Murphy's soo awesome! Just take the notes, pay attention, and you'll pass the class with an easy B. (:

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"Embrace the challenge!" AP World may very well be the HARDEST AP class at Amador. But Murphy genuinely cares about all of his students and wants to see them succeed. I probably had the worst grade of all his students in 06-07 but I still passed the AP exam. He's a really great teacher with funny stories and a clever teaching strategy.

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mr murph is a BO$$. ahah he is an amazing teacher!!! he is helpful and helps people understand what they are learning about. his class isnt super hard ethier if you put in some effort. i like the test day funny stories too

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EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE! He is not for everyone, but if you think you have the gonads to take his class and survive, be prepared for a challenging course with rigorous and demanding material to be mastered. Definitively worth it.

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scary and intimidating at first but really funny and makes ap test a joke more than half the class gets a 5 class however is fun but hard

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Great teacher. His class was hard, but I felt that it prepared my well for the AP Exam. Intimidating at first, but his classes are really interesting for History. Tells great stories.

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hella boss teacher, wish i could have him next year...hes hard but thats probly gonna help us on the ap exam

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he pretty cool good teacher always explains things .

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hates tardy students, and take good notes because he lets you use them on quizes

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AP is extremely challenging, but with Mr. Murphy I feel like I will be extremely prepared for the AP exam!

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His World History class is excellent for students who don't want to take AP or Honors but who still want a challenge. He's hilarious, an incredible story-teller, shares current events in an interesting light, and teaches the material. You will learn in this class, but also have lots of fun!

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Awesome teacher, prepares you well.

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He is a very hard AP teacher, but it wasn't too painful. He is a funny guy and, unlike most history teachers, he is not boring.

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I don't know about AP, but for regular world history he's fairly easy, hilarious, and actually makes history fun. My favorite teacher ever :)

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Make sure you know how to study and know what you're getting into. This class is NOT easy, even if it is your "only" AP. You have to read almost every single day. But Murphy is an awesome teacher.

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he is so funny but it can be a really challenging AP class

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Mr. Murphy rocks! I love his analogies and he really prepares you for the AP test! Just keep up with the reading and notes, and you'll do fine.

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murphy is probaby the best teacher you could EVER get. he is so helpful, but make sure his class is ur priority (AP), if you dont think hes a good teacher, you have some problems

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if you dont get it....RUN! if you like AP and all that, hes the best. but if AP isnt your thing GET OUT OF THE CLASS AND DONT COME BACK!

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after you've had Murphy you'll think all your other teachers pale in comparison. it's really unfair!

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Coolest teacher at Amador. Who else could connect Star Wars to imperialism? Love his stories. A really funny, nice guy who doesn't treat us like little kids.

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Best teacher EVER!!! He really cares about his class and does everything he can to help you out. show him and the subject some respect and he will make your year.

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the best teacher at amador. simply, the best. intelligent, hard working, funny. he has a great personality and a big heart.

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not so much a hard teacher as a hard class. just keep up on notes and its all good. he puts a lot of effort into his classes, and i think it shows in the way he has been rated

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hes so annoying! he thinks hes so much better than his students. if he dislikes a student he will totally put them down in front of everyone else.

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although is class is hard I love it! Murphy is one of the best teachers i've had he's very helpful

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HE IS HILARIOUS! and soo cool as long as you don't make him laugh! he is the funniest tearcher ever!!!!!!!!!!!

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His Class isnt that hard. just do the notes. He's a cool teacher and knows what he's talking about. I can see he enjoyes what he'is teaching too. even though i

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Very cool teacher! best year of history ever!! he gives detailed lectures and note. very interesting projects and stories!! amazing teacher!!

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Intimidating? Yes. Hard? Yes. Clear & precise? Yes. Gets you ready for the AP Exam in May? Definitely. So don't complain when he's making you learn!

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Regret taking that class...seriously.

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Mr Murphy is one of the most coolest teachers, and his daughter is adroable too!!!! ;)

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mr murphy!!! he is extremely smart and actually loves what he is teaching. I love all of his stories and he always helps ppl. i am really gonna miss him next yr

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mr. Murphy is my favorite teacher! He KNOWS how to teach! I really wish I could have him all 4 years. he is so smart and is funny! the best teacher i have had!

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Most awesome teacher out there...he seems intimidating but he has a good heart! Murphy's class is the best!

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Murphy is soo unpredictable...he's a kool teacher and awesome to help prepare for the AP Exams though! U just gotta know what ur doing in that class.

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One major word of advice: TAKE YOUR NOTES! don't become clueless like me and slack off. It doesn't pay off in the end. Get into a good habit of taking them!

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Mr.Murphy is very difficult but i guess that is what will help us succeed. a little sympathy and understanding would help but mr.murphy is cool.

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Very cool guy except that he seems to think a C is a good grade... and he gets off topic really easily so not only are we learnign history but life lessons too

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BEST TEACHER IN THE WORLD. FUNNY GUY TOO. BUT DON'T MAKE HIM ANGRY, YOU WONT LIKE HIM WHEN HE'S ANGRY.

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can u say "hard"!? but otherwise...very good teacher to help prepare for the AP exam...otherwise....err....ummm...yeh.

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awsome class...tough but enjoyable

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I love and hate your class. It's hard when you try just to faill. Then again you can be really funny and come up with weird things that relate to life.

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he can be hard but he's so nice

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good... he likes metallica? allright! hes hard though hes friends with Chings so that probly why hes hard

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Cool guy, knows what he's talking about, personable, looks like Ben Stiller from Heavyweights.

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My favorite teacher of all time. Matt says hi. sorry to diapoint you but im still in regular history with your buddy templeman

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mr murphy is the best teacher at amador...enough said...

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Murphy for prez! he likes metallica, enough said :)

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murphy is the COOLEST!

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