Average 4.76 based on 41 teacher ratings
David Sampselle is an English teacher at Watkins Mill High School located in Montgomery Village, Maryland and part of Montgomery County Public Schools. David Sampselle's 41 teacher ratings contributes to Watkins Mill High School's ranking of 208 in Maryland. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Watkins Mill High School is 4.25 stars.
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I was a student of Dave's through most of the early 80, clinging to the bottom of the AP/G&T crowd. Dave was the amazing combination of strict and forgiving that only the best teachers can be. He spurred interest. He treated us all like adults. He skipped over my juvenile excesses. I could go on forever but I'll just end by noting that over 30 years later he's still my password prompt for "favorite teacher" (Please don't hack my bank account.)

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One of the best teachers I ever had. I don't think I would have a bachelors in English literature today if i didn't get him as a teacher 10-11 years ago. He's funny and tough. But he treats his students with respect and pushing them because he believes in them.

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Bruh!!! I don't know how tf I ended up with a B in his class. He really wants his students to learn the materials in and gives assignments to get extra credit. And his sarcasm, lemme not talk about that

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One of the best teacher I've ever had.

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One of my favorite teachers ever. He challenged you and you learned a great deal in his class. He was teaching at Gaithersburg when I had his class as a junior and senior, GHS class of '79.

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I'm another devotee. I had Sampselle in 1988--and his class changed my life. I'm now a tenured English professor, and Sampselle had a lot to do with that. And Grendel. He is one of the very rare teachers who knows how to push you, sometimes into the existential abyss. Here's the scoop: the best teachers are hard. If they're not, it's just daycare. Thanks, Dave.

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Don't skip that class if you want to get a good grade. He's hands down the best English teacher I've ever had, I was always smiling in his class even though I'm stressing out with his work at the same time. Appreciate that because he's the only English teacher that can help you feel college worthy.

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Well ...Toughest teacher, loads of work but helped me the most. He is by far the coolest teacher out there.

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Mr. Sampselle was my english teacher 5years ago, and was the most amazing teacher I have ever had, and impacted me in a very big way that I'll never forget. I don't think any other teacher could top.

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He's a great guy, but when it comes to teaching he's very ambiguous.

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hands down, the most amazing teacher I have ever had. I'm majoring in English because of Mr. Sampselle.

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he gave a wood every time he spoke

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Dave was my English teacher over 25 years ago. He is one of the best teachers I ever had and I will never forget him. Cheers to you Mr. Sampselle

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GREAT!!!!!!!!! Teacher really funny but hard!

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Absolutely my favorite teacher at WM. He is sarcastic to everyone, but if you make an effort, he is the kindest person. Very difficult class, but so worthwhile!

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I have Mr. Sampselle now and even though he is difficult, he makes school worth coming for. the things we learn in that class can be applied anywhere. WMHS would be nothing without Sampselle.

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I had Sammy for 2 years in AP English at Watkins Mill--grad 1999. Extremely skilled, genuinely interested in his student's education, great sense of humor. Tons of work but totally worth it.

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Best teacher I've ever had, hands down. Probably best teacher I will ever have, (-hasty assumption for those from his TOK class).

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Sampselle is the best teacher anyone could ever had. He taught me in TOK and has been teaching my family for almost 25 years. He's tough, but he's the greatest. You will come away changed forever.

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Sampsy is the best. I couldn't think of anyone else teaching ToK. He is the smartest person I know and will possibly ever know. Definitely the best teacher in this county. I doubt anyone can top Sampselle.

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When you have him, you most likely will hate him. He is very challenging and gives a lot of work. But when you're finished, you will LOVE him! He teaches you so much and prepares you well for college. He is THE BEST teacher!

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When I read Walden in Sampselle's class in '88 at GHS, I decided to become an English teacher. And I am! Thanks, Mr. S.

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Great teacher, will prepare you well for college, but needs to relax a little when it comes to assigning work

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Awesome teacher. I love Sampselle. He taught me so much. It has helped me through out school. Amazing teacher! Keep up the great work Sampselle!

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this system doesn't do him justice...he is one of those teachers you hope you have in your life...one teacher you will never forget...in one word...AMAZING!!!!!

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best english teacher . At the beginning , I thought he was awful because I didn't understand his teaching style, but by the end i learned so much and had fun~

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THIS GUY IS GREAT. Only had him for one semester but he'll always be impacted on my life. Amusing and fun. :D You'll be very lucky if you get him for English.

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Thanks to Mr. Sampselle, I'm a high school teacher as well. He's definitely challenging, but very inspiring and cool!

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Hands down the best teacher I have ever had the pleasure of learning from, I am studying to be a teacher in college because of him. great teacher!

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I'm an English teacher today partly because of Dave Sampselle.

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I too became a teacher because of Mr. Sampselle. If I can be half the teacher he was, I will feel accomplished.

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Sampselle is hilarious, he is smart and an all around great teacher. He makes you think and makes learning fun. :)

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Mr. Sampselle was one of the best teachers I've ever had!

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HE'S VERY NICE!!! mr.sampselle is kind hearted and has a goos sense of humor!

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My son had you as a teacher. He thought you were very challenging, stimulating and thought provoking. Thank you for everything you've done for him.

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Mr. Sampselle, I had you as my 12th grade English teacher about 10 years ago. And YOU are the reason I became a teacher. Thanks.

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He is the reason I became a teacher.

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Not probably the best teacher I've ever had, he is the best teacher I've ever had.

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Probably the best teacher I've had

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