Average 4.78 based on 90 teacher ratings
Clif Simms is a Science teacher at Amador Valley High School located in Pleasanton, California and part of Pleasanton Unified School dISTRICT. Clif Simms' 90 teacher ratings contributes to Amador Valley High School's ranking of 994 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Amador Valley High School is 4.04 stars.
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Mr. Simms is an amazing teacher. His class can be difficult at the beginning of the year, but do the textbook readings as there are many quizzes on them and they can really drop your grade if you don't do well. Tests are easy once you get the hang of it, but again, do all the readings. He is funny and always available after school if you have any questions or just want to hang out. Air bubbles look like protozoa until you focus through and see nothing.

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I currently have Simms for Bio. As you see from the previous reviews is that he is an extremely nice and positive teacher. One thing I will disagree with is that his test are hard. The way to pass tests is to actually do the textbook reading and take notes on it. People in the class ignore the reading because Simms doesn't check if you do it or not. His lessons and tests are entirely built on the textbook material, and as long as you take notes and read the textbook pages he assigns, its easy.

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Mr. Simms is an amazing teacher!! However, if you want to pass his class, study hard. The class is very fun and interesting. Don't ever opt out of his class!!

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He is a pretty good teacher with a great sense of humor, but his exams are extremely difficult.

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Mr. Simms is the greatest teacher I've had in in High School so far. I am only a freshman though. Mr. Simms is so willing to help and he is really chill. He is super helpful, funny, and just has a really positive and comfortable environment. His test mat be hard, but if you don't understand something and ask him a question, he will do everything in his power to make you understand what is happening. He is just so good, words can't explain what I need to see. He is just such a great teacher.

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Mr. Simms has been one of the greatest teachers I have had. His tests are hard, but if you go in afterschool, he is more than willing to explain confusing topics to you. I had him freshman year, and I know that he really prepared me for AP biology. He is a great teacher and totally recommend him!! He picks favorites, but if you get on his good side, your all good.

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Although Mr. Simms is a funny teacher, and has a rather unorthodox way of learning, his exams are quite difficult the first time. So I suggest asking for help.

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Best teacher i had in freshman year. Was extremely helpful and the funniest teacher I had ever had.

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Mr. Simms is a fantastic teacher. Has an excellent teaching style that won't bore you to death, and covers absolutely everything you need to know on the test in class. Some people struggle with the tests because they tend to be worded a tad confusingly, but I averaged a 95% on his tests even while doing none of the reading because of what he covered in class. Super friendly and funny, and is ALWAYS available to help you after school. The best bio teacher by far.

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Favorite teacher ever. The first test i did poorly on, but once I realized how to study and understand the concepts, it was easy and fun. Funny guy and he is there everyday so if you need help, you have no excuse not to go in. I was told to switch out because many smart kids get Bs but i ended up with a high A and had a blast. BEST TEACHER EVER! Don't switch!!!

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FREAKING AMAZING BEST CLASS EVER

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AMAZING teacher but if you don't understand the material you will FAIL the tests. I should know, I'm a B/C student but I ended up with a D in his class. make sure to come in for help everyday & he will help you. I ended with a B- 2nd sem bc I tried super hard. First semester I ended w/ an F in the class bc I bombed every test, even though I studied a lot. You have to really understand the materail on a deeper level to pass his class, surface reading the textbook won't work for this class!!!

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What a hard class! I barely passed with a D-. He is an amazing teacher though. But he made biology for a sophomore way harder than it should be! As fun as his class is, if you want to pass, be prepared to study for hours and hours on end. He does prepare you well for future science classes though. I took Chemistry junior year and Physics senior year and I did very well because I knew what to expect from science classes, all thanks to him.

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Hilarious! He never plays favorites and and can be your friend too! Super nice and wow, is he interesting! I have ADHD but I was mostly listening and interested! Tests are HARD but if you go to him for help, study hecka hard, and try, you will be fine. Didn't get the grade I desired but it's alright I guess. Do the assignments because those can bring up your grade by a whole letter! Also 2nd semester is way easier than 1st so stick it out :) I LOVE MR. SIMMS!

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Mr. Simms is easily the best biology teacher. He prepared me very well for AP biology because his course is challenging. He expects his students to work but is very willing to offer help and extra time as long as you put in effort. Botany was really fun with him too! Probably my favourite teacher at the school, he has a great bond with his students and you can tell he loves his job.

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Having bio with Simms is AWESOME he's funny, creative, and very helpful. He's one of those teachers that can connect with students easy. And he has no favorites. But if you have him it's gonna be a freggin awesome year except for the tests those are hard

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Mr.Simms is SUCH a good teacher!! I honestly loved having him for Freshman bio. It has been one of my favorite classes throughout the year. His tests are very hard, but if you stay on top of the reading that he assigns and do well on reading quizzes and actually try on assignments, you should be fine. His review sheets for the tests are super helpful- I reccomend doing them the night before the test, but doing them first before all of your other homework because they take a while. Enjoy his clas

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Mr. Simms was one of my favorite teachers in my Freshman year and I really learned a lot. No doubt, the class was very challenging but Mr. Simms finds new ways to teach dull material. It's really important to stay on top of the homework and projects because that will keep your grade up if you arent a good test taker. His tests may be the hardest things to get through on the planet but when the time comes for the STAR test, you can seriously turn your brain off and get a 100%. I love Mr. Simms!!!

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funniiest teacher everrrr. loved him :) and he's great at teaching too!

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great teaching methods and really cares about his student. a little strict and that class takes a little effort, but nothing i wouldn't have expected in the first place. seriously- AMAZING TEACHER <3

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Mr Simms does use unorthodox methods of teaching, which may be helpful at times but the class can get incredibly boring if you are not interested in the subject. Great teacher though, none like him. Although I got on his bad side (I have an interest in firearms and therefore I get bashed for it), decent class nonetheless.

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I loveeed Simms!! Class was absolutely hilarious. Taught me so much in this class and if i could have a teacher for science then it would most definately be him. I am honestly shocked at the rating for easiness... there couldnt possibly be a teacher more easier to talk to then him

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There are no words to describe Mr. Simms, ok maybe there are. First of all, I think he is the most amazing science teacher in the whole school. He is super funny, entertaining, his lectures are awesome, and he teaches things is a fun and understanding way. Even though I got a good grade, one thing to note is that he is the hardest bio teacher when it comes to tests.

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Mr. Simms was amazing!! I had him for bio as a freshman and he was my absolute favorite teacher :) His tests are killerrr hard but if you study, you can do pretty well :) He is totally awesome!!!

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I'm a parent. Both my kids had Mr. Simms for Bio. I thought he was an excellent teacher and that my kids learned a lot. His classroom is amazing, and he takes the students over to the nearby arroyo!

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Biology with Simms was AMAZING. His tests may be a bit hard,and his lectures a bit boring at times, but he is very fun and enthusiastic.He also makes sure that everyone is on the same page. Good luck!

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Loved him:)

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oh my gosh i just love him so much! best teacher ever! you will LOVE this class with all of your heart and soul.

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I love biology! It's a great class and simms is a great teacher!

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best teacher ever!

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most unreasonable class ever!

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Really great teacher :)

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air bubbles look like protazoa until you focus though and see nothing

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so youve already heard the stories... Simms can be cool at first, but as soon as you realize youll have to cope with his annoying jokes for another year youll bust out crying. He always repeats the same jokes over and over again which is worse than not having any jokes at all. and did i mention he has favorites?

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Best teacher for preparing you for college. Funny and easy to understand.

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best teacher actually cares spends time

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Best teacher. Nuff said.

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You will get the best biology education in this class. worth every minute.

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THIW GUY IS REALLY REALLY REALLY GREAT

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MR. Simms is ah-mazing

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switched here from thiel. simms is amazing he actually teaches us and you can tell he puts tons of time into setting up fun labs for ut.

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i personally LOVED mr simms. he was funny, sweet, and easy to get along with because he could take a joke. he truly knows his stuff and is always available to help you after class when you need it. if you pay attention in his class and actually read the book (you can bs the notes) then you will do ok on his tests. his assignments and tests are often very difficult however, so dont be afraid to ask him for help. dont waste too much time on the notes, they are busywork. glad i had him, i remember everything:)

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Simms is a grreat teacher. He is never at his desk always walking around helping and tutoring. My other bio teacher did not teach jjst said to do the reading. Simms is amazing he's old school but awesome. You will love this guy. Try to pay attention the tests are tough and you have to really understand the material to get the tests.

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Simms is the best bio teacher ever!

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VV false, THIEL is the best bio/ap bio teacher at amador for sure (I've had both teachers, Mr. Thiel is far better than Mr. Simms), and his bio class is a LOT harder, practically like AP tests. Simms was okay in my opinion...not that great of a teacher though.

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You have to pay attention during lectures and stuff, but he is the funniest teacher and really great at his job. Don't slack off and you'll do great in the best bio class you can get

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Best bio teacher hardest but best if u don't get something he will help you very willing to help students

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the best bio teacher you could hope for

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Very fun, very hard, but rlly good class...

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He is an awesome teacher, he loves teaching and does his best to relate to the students. He is hilarious, but his tests are difficult. Since he makes all the questions himself, sometimes they are about things he taught in a lecture or was on the review sheet. He almost always available after school so if you don't understand anything he can just study with him. Nonetheless, best teacher ever.

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hilarious, good pace, and fair tests, awesome

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fun teacher, i really lke him.

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dood, simms is sooo awesome. he is really funny, and very helpful. he does a great job making biology interesting. i am taking botany so i can hopefully get him again! love you simmsie!

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awsome teacher, ignores me in class though

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o emm gee. he is the best science teacher ever! he makes sures everyone understands the topic and he is always there in his classroom to help the students. ur the coolest.

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Mr. Simms is fricken awesome!! I am having a hard time in his class cause i am not a "science and math person", but he is always there is help. He is the best teacher ever!

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One of the best teachers!

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Awesome person, cool teacher! but he can tend to rush through things and not answer questions clearly.

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An awesome teacher. I would take his class every year.

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He's the best teacher EVA! Now that i took biology, I want to take botany with him

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I love Mr. Simms! He's so nice & funny. He's such a good teacher, too. He has hard tests, but he's awesome!

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EXCELLENT TEACHER! He is one of the only teachers that I know of that deserves more than a simple teaching job. IF THE PRINCIPLE IS READING THIS. YOU NEED TO GIVE MR. SIMMS A RAISE

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I think I would have fallen into misery without help from Mr. Simms. He teaches more than just biology and botany and everything's worth listening to. Thank you so much Mr. Simms!

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Fact: There's no such thing as a teacher better than Mr. Simms. Anything saying there are better is just an opinion. Best mix of caring, helpful, funny, challenging, quality, ever.

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mr simms is the best!! hes such a good teacher and bio was my fave class frosh year. tests were hard, but he gave you the information you needed for them as long as syou studied.

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great teacher, should win an award or something because bio is the only class im not slacking off in

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Simms is the best teacher I have ever had. Thank god.

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LOVE MR. SIMMS!

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Mr Simms is the BEST teacher! He really cares about his students and their grades. How could you not love him!

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I miss you Simmsy, I will never forget the botany sign. BOTANY 03-04 class was the best!

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He's the coolest guy! Biology is easy, although I don't know if it'll help me in AP Bio next year. The only problem I have is that the class goes a bit slow.

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Mr. Simms is the best. He knows his stuff and makes it fun! He can even make plants fun. I miss you Mr. Simms! The Botany Club Rules!

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A really sweet teacher.

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Very cool

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simms is really cool and so smart. he was kind of hard, but always made time to help you out

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love that guy -- always willing to help out students. corny jokes. but what do you want from a science teacher?

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class is ok. But too many lectures and so boring cuz i almost fall asleep everyday! But a good teacher considering it's bio.

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Mr. S is an awsome teacher! His tests are challanging but if you study its ok. He is very clear with his teaching and really cares.

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Air bubbles look like protozoa until you focus thru and see nothing

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Mr. Simms is such an awesome teacher. He can captivate the attention of his students and teach while having fun.

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mr simms is awesome, a great guy and a great teacher! pay attention and do your hw and its an easy b.

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Mr. Simms is awsome. He is the best example of a fantastic teacher. He has a great attitude towards students and teaching, and his class is always interesting

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hes cool and funny his tests are too hard tho

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Great teacher

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COOL COOL GUY! Genuinley cares for students and has a real passion for learning and teaching. Super nice! Has cool animals, songs and videos for students!

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I dont like him he made the S2 final to hard Mr. Meir is way cooler than Mr. Simms

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sims is the best biologu teaceer

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Simms is a great guy.

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he is too hard i cant do this class

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simms is awesome

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