Deborah Canepa-Tencza

Average 4.1 based on 78 teacher ratings
Deborah Canepa-Tencza is a retired English teacher at Lowell High School located in San Francisco, California and part of San Francisco resident. Deborah Canepa-Tencza's 78 teacher ratings contributes to Lowell High School's ranking of 1,335 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Lowell High School is 3.94 stars.
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I had her 10 years ago. She was horrifically tough but she made English come alive. I can still argue with the best of lawyers because of the essays she made me write. She was also the best Mommy ever

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Great English teacher. Though she can be tough, her class was definitely worth taking. Too bad she's retiring so this rating won't really help anyone. Her class is/was hilarious and she made it pretty entertaining. I learned a lot about writing essays and am very glad i had the chance to take her.

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I got B's, and she's retiring this year, so you can't really choose her anymore. She does it to help us though.

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I had her for expo. Canepa is pretty tough. She grades her essays pretty hard and there's a lot of them. But she's doing it to improve our writing skills, well mine sucked and its sucks a little less now after her class. The good thing is that she'e outrageously funny!

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Yeah... Like the last review stated, she basically only gives C's. She occasionally gives one or two A's but no B's and all the rest C's. I actually got a C and had one of the highest grades in my class... She's really fun though and is not afraid to admit it.

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She only GIVES C's

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She's really nice but can be pretty funny too. Her class, 10th Grade English is pretty chill but there are many take home and in class essays for the books you read in class. She's known to be a hard grader and she does not allow the usage of to be words but she gives good feedback.

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Was in her Shakespeare course. If you're proficient in written thorough essays, you'll do fine. An efficiency in interpreting Shakespeare is recommended, but she does tell you everything you need to know. Interesting sense of humor; may be off-putting at first. Helpful and willing to critique.

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She's probably the hardest English teacher out there, so take her Freshmen year, when your grades don't matter. She teaches a lot and her class is very fun. She prepares you for any English class our there, so take her if your GPA doesn't matter. She's pretty chill on the semester grade though.

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Definitely one of the harder English teachers out there. Your grade is based entirely on your essays so do work hard and turn them in. Ms. Canepa is a really nice person but an extremely hard teacher. You might snooze in her class sometimes ... but its alright. She won't call you out.

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She is insanely difficult in grading essays. She sometimes bores you to sleep (she doesn't care if you sleep), but her lecturing can be helpful with essays. She gives you only half an hour for an in-class essay (sometimes less). She makes very... interesting jokes.

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I love her :D She's a really good teacher, but she's pretty hard. I have an A =] so its not impossible... but you have to really try and understand her... but she makes me WANT to try...

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Her classes are very fun. She attempts to teach us and make us laugh at the same time. Which works. Everyday. Everytime. She smiles alot too :D And she puts alot of effort into clarifying what she just taught us. All you need to really pay attention to is her essays. Which is given on a weekly basis

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Take her freshman year (when grades don't count) since she's a tough grader but funny. Usually doesn't assign any classwork, talks (gets off topic), doesn't care if you don't pay attention, can eat in class, no note taking and is an easy C. That's my kind of teacher :P

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I LOVED Ms. Canepa!! I had her for English 1 and she was great! She made everything fun and helped you if you had trouble. Be prepared to work for a good grade though; there aren't a lot of graded assignments, so each one counts! Participate, and she'll love you.

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very funny teacher but her class is really hard & when ur writing essays make sure u don't use any of the to be verbs b/c she mark u down for those... but overall pretty cool :)

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hard essays..really hard to get an "A". dont use "to-be" verbs and past tense, etc. in essays cuz it will BRING YOUR GRADE DOWN. but shes sooo cool and funny...and weird, so it makes up for her hardness. REALLY FUNNY. if you like a challenge and cool teachers, TAKE HER

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Ahahaha you'll have fun and learn in her class... PARTICIPATION DOES NOT COUNT AT ALL.

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Had her for Epic & Myth. She's a really cool teacher and lets you turn stuff in late. It's impossible to get an A in her class as her essay standards are high. Whole grade is essays and a few random poems/stories you have to write. She likes to explain innuendos. Work for a B or slack off with a C.

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All we do in class every day is listen to her lecture. We very very rarely do anything else. That said, I learned a ton from her lectures, and she's pretty entertaining. She lets you eat in class, and is a hard grader, but she's really helpful if you just talk to her. Basically, i'd say take her.

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Awesomeness! She grades harsh on essays but u will learn something.Hw is rare and class consists of lectures which can be boring, but keeps us awake with her frequent suggestive jokes. The few teachers who actually teaches english take her if u wanna hav fun but not if can't take take a B or less.

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hard a, easy b. she's such a great person!!! i love her to death. she's so cheery and funny. class is never boring~ you don't have to do much work either for her expo class. the only homework you'll ever have are essays (one for about every 2 or so weeks)

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GREATEST teacher in the english department. shes really funny and its nice how she remembers everyone's names. you can really feel relaxed in her class. her final is OUTRAGEOUS!! it actually makes me look forward to it. if you want a fun semester, ms canepa is the way to go guys :]

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She is awsome, hard but cool

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Ms. Canepa is simply amazing. I can honestly say that she is the single greatest teacher, for English or otherwise, I have ever had. She puts a lot of thought into the essays she assigns, and they're on topics you won't get from any other teacher. She's also an amazingly sweet person. Take her if you want someone a bit kooky who you'll actually learn from.

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Hard grader!!! But analizes books like you've never seen before! She doesn't count participation that much and if you annoy her you get a c. really nice, only take her if you really like english.

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Hardest english class I've ever taken, but you do learn a lot, and Ms. Canepa's one of the sweetest people ever.

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i love ms.canepa's class. she's the best english teacher anyone will ever have. she's very understanding but a huge challenge. you really think differently about the things you used totake for granted. her essays can be a pain, but she's patient and doesn't mark you down if they're late. i learn so much more about myself each day in her class. this is getting cliche, so all i have to say is anyone who hates her class is a total lazy dimwit who can't think for themselves.

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An excellent teacher in all regards. Difficult but willing to help. Honors improvement.

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best english teacher ever. also most often misunderstood. try to understand her way of thinking and analyzing. then try to write the way you would write if you were her. goes over stuff in class well. pretty lax on required reading benchmarks but says things like "read these books by the end of spring break." you can get through her class without finishing reading any of the books, and you can write a good essay on one short passage alone, if you can analyze it well. only in her class...

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she's really good. she requires a high level of competence coming into her class, so some first semester freshmen might feel screwed, but it gets easier for most english H kids, since they already know what they're doing. she analyzes a lot of the lit really deeply, and she demands a lot when she knows that you're actually a lot smarter than you let on. she's not so good with letting you know her demands, but if you can connect with her, you're set for 4 years of lowell AP english.

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i hate her class!! shes so hard and she never explains what shes trying to say. good thing i didnt get her for next sem.

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i love her she's the best!!!!!!!!!

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she's really PRETTY NICE, but she's an EXTREMELY HARD grader. you'll learn a lot from her, but you have to work super (and i mean super) hard to earn an A. you work hard and you'll earn a B. honestly, she is an honest grader and extremely nice. you should ask her questions about the book during class, but be attentive, cause if you're not, SHE WON'T REPEAT THINGS THAT SHE'S ALREADY SAID. she might yell at you if you ask repetitive questions, but yeah, she's pretty good. TEACHES YOU HOW TO WRITE!

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smart teacher who knows a lot about english, diction and syntax in general. grades tough but fairly. very nice too, but it's easy to be intimidated by some of her essays.

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u wanna no y shes not here?shes dealing with a lot in her life right now.ppl in her family died.so be nice to her and try to understand how she feels.i cant believe hanson actually sent notes to canepa asking her y she didnt come to class for a number of days. thats just completely rude! however she does teach AP english language and it would be really bad if she couldnt prepare her students enough...but shes still a great HARD teacher.ppl really learn in her class. really nice and knows english

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she's a good teacher, but she goes way too far with grades! our entire class got a c or worse, and i honestly think that if i'd been in some other teacher's class i would've gotten an a. thats actually important since it screws up your chances of getting into honors next semester or ever having ap english.

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Very unclear. Not there half the time. if she cant be there due to her illness she should maybe take some time off rather than having her students bear through bad subs.

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i love ms canepa!!!! she is the greatest teacher alive

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I hated her AP English class with a passion, but now, several years later, I think it was the most valuable class I took at Low-High, and I'm an engineer! Very sweet lady to boot.

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good. hard. you don't appreciate her until the class is over. don't let first impressions inhibit your judgment of her.

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she really takes time to help you if you have any problems (you have to go see her), but because she's so hard, there are a lot of problems. if you have a problem in her class (e.g. don't know what to look for when reading, don't get the structure of her essays, don't get grammar) you MUST talk to her about it, or you'll get lost

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that was the hardest english class i was ever in, but it was actually rewarding in retrospect. i was constantly jumpy in her class after her first surprise inclass essay prompt, but i think that she has improved me as a writer and she's good with teaching the analyzing.

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canepa keeps class interesting and i think she really helped my writing with those "do not" words xD Her personality and attitude is perfect for teaching =) if you take her, be prepared for in class essays though >.< could be clearer, but i think she trails off because she wants you to think about it yourself^^ she also grades on improvement which is good =D

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She may seem hard, but she is the perfect teacher who teaches. Would you really want a teacher that doesn't prepare you? Canepa-Tenza will take the time to individually review.

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Ms. Canepa is the best English teacher I have had at Lowell. She knows how to teach and she keeps the class interesting. She cares about her students and really listens. If you work hard and seek help when you need it, you'll learn and earn a decent grade. She isn't easy, but I have learned more from her than anyone else and I've also enjoyed it. It's true that her life outside of school isn't going very well now, but she's the sweetest teacher at school.

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She's very helpful. I can't say she helps you a lot on essay-writing, but she certainly helps. She makes you help yourself get better. She's very very very good with teaching how to analyze. Gotta be careful with those allusions, references, equivocations, circumlocutions and those words.

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shes really cool and pretty funny, class is never boring, but her grading is tough. she actually looks at everythin, and it'll help with your writing, but you need to work hard for an A

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Really good teacher. She really makes you work hard to really improve your writing. If you do, you will get an A.

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if u pay attention and take her classes seriously ull do good in her classes and she's like a mother to many and she makes classes fun if u get the oppurtunity to get her TAKE HER!!!

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canepa is suchaa cool teacher. but her essays are really hard. be prepare to know the main points and the nitty gritty details of the book too. her essays are insanee. but i still get C's so i'm happy.

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This is only partially related to her teaching, but I think she is undergoing some kind of perpetual nervous breakdown. Her life outside of teaching is not in great shape.
Partially as a result - she is hilarious, and always laughing (sometimes at nothing) and moving around. She says interesting things and it is a solid class, though she is not on par with Hathwell etc. in terms of actually helping you write. Essays are the entire grade and they come back often with NO or little feedback.

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Ms. Canepa is a nutty teacher!!! She won't let you get away with being vague, or passive!!! So be prepared for a hard but funny, and helpful class!!!!

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thru her did i start my journey towards the true art of great writing

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MS CANEPA IS THE FUNNIEST TEACHER EVER! sometimes i think that the things she does is overwhelmingly funny! LOVE HER....

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could there be anyone more awesome than ms. canepa?? i dont think so!

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I love her! She is one of the nicest and most helpful teachers in the school. She is a hard grader (almost impossible to get an A) and looks at every little detail, but you learn a lot in her class. If you're motivated and you work really hard, you should do well in her class.

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Ms. Canepa is a great teacher, I moved from a C in the first two grading periods to an A in the last one, because of her help with my Essay writing.

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She grades kinda hard, but is willing to help

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OMG canepa's essays are so hard. in class you don't do anything and then you get a super hard essay to write. really hard to get an A. lotta work, but boring class.

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what are you guys talking about? she's a huge help if you're struggling with grammar. Also, you can just visit her during her off mods and talk to her about the essay. she was and still is a great teacher! i started with an C- in her class and i gradually raised my grade to a B(all thanks to her!)

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great teacher, but AP workload = insane.

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She's nice, however it's not the greatest thing to deal with in the morning. She gives no work and I'm learning nothing. However, she's enthusiastic with the reading and such.

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Doesn't care about participation-sleep in class. Long periods of no work and then suddenly HUGE essay. she doesn't help you outside of class or explain bad grades.

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I got straight c's in ehr class but learned a bunch.

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canepa is a great person but bad teacher. shes nice and wierd but cant teach. when i was in her class i learn nothing. she eaither gave us NO HW or JAMMED us with HELLA HW. crzy...

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If you need help on your grammar and your essays, she's a really good teacher. Her essays are pretty tough though.

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Great class - you'll learn a lot.

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she's a good teacher... she helped me... but her essays are hard

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AHAHAHAHAHAHA alla you people who say her essay writing is HARD?! dude, i just got a B/B+ on her last inclass essay..and this is wlit1Honors i'm talkin about.

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Expect to do a lot of work if you take her for Shakespeare. Plus, she is a hard grader for essays, as she does teach AP English.

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A great teacher but she might want to stick to teaching only Honors classes. Very "cheerful" about teaching and loves her Shakespeare.

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She is the coolest teacher in the world, besides the grading...

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