Average 4.85 based on 136 teacher ratings
Dennis McFaden is a retired Science teacher at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology located in Alexandria, Virginia. When comparing Dennis McFaden's ratings to other teachers in the state of Virginia, Dennis McFaden's ratings are above the average of 4.4 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is 4.03 stars.
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Best teacher ever, 5 point quizzes everyday. Hard tests.

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Mr. McFaden retired the year that I had him. He was amazing! His quizzes though were extremely difficult and made most of your grade. When he retired, I felt bad for the incoming freshman since they would miss an exceptional teacher. My favorite ever

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Mr. McFaden was INCREDIBLE for my 9th grade bio. He retired this year and i just wanted to put this up to really give him the credit he deserves. He wrote the book on how to be the best teacher on the planet. He was always helpful, funny, supportive, and lectured LIKE A BOSS. I'm so sad that he has retired, because if he had stayed at TJ, I probably would've asked him for my college recommendations. So, if you are reading this, Mr. McFaden, you are a legendary teacher and we'll never forget you!

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he is AWESOME but like his tests are sooooooooooooo hard :(

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OMGI LOCE MR. MCFADEN!! his lectures and the way he teaches is honestly is soo helpful and awesome. he's made me love biology and i find it so fascinating now!!

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All I can say is that I wish I could have Mr. McFaden teaching all of my classes. He is a GREAT bio teacher! He mostly lectures during class, and sometimes we do activities to help us understand the concepts. He really knows what he's talking about, and is very clear. He doesn't leave much work either, the only time we had homework was for genetics and the IBET paper. The quizzes are pretty easy,

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The best teacher I have ever had. He doesn't just lecture, he teaches. He KNOWS biology, the tests are hard if you don't know the material, and the quizzes are easy if you study.

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Great bio teacher. Knows what he is talking about. Makes YOU understand the material. Tests are awkwardly worded, and the quizes are somewhat difficult.

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He is my 9th grade Bio teacher, his teaching style involves lectures intermixed with ppts, he is entertaining as well as educative.

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very very nice and funny teacher but EXTREAMLY HARD class :( i got so many 0's on daily quizzes :( so had class guy don't underestimate by what other people say.

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I was so lucky to have him for Biology...The only teacher that could surpass him in legitness MAY be Acio.

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He's pretty strict but likes to kid around sometimes if he likes your class. 5-point quizzes, study a LOT. But he's such a good teacher it doesn't matter :)

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He is probably one of the best teachers I have ever had. Study for his quizzes, you get one 5 point quiz every day. Those quizzes can be the ultimate grade sink. Getting straight 4's puts you at a B-.

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He is a great teacher. Don't eat anything with Watermelon in his class, study for the daily quizzes and you will do fine. And you will learn a lot. He teaches very well, you get very little homework, and he is really funny (For number four on quizzes, he says pho, pho).

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dennis mcfaden <-----the man. the best teacher you will ever meet. tests: difficult quizzes: varies teacher: awesome.

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Mr. McFaden was one of the best teachers I ever had! His lectures are great and he really helps you learn the material. You get almost no homework at all! I didn't really like bio, but Mr. McFaden made it awesome. His test are badly worded and confusing sometimes, but the quizzes are easy. Study a bit and pay attention and you'll have an A.

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Great lecturer. Nice guy. Awkwardly worded and pretty tough tests. I thought the daily 5 point quizzes were pretty easy though. Just study your notes a couple of times and memorize the lists and starred things. Barely any homework or projects besides IBET.

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Mr. McFaden is often called the easiest biology teacher, and workload speaking, he is. that doesnt mean he is the easiest to get an A in. I still think he is the hardest biology teacher to get an A in but whether you like biology or not, you will enjoy this course, and if you do then you can be willing to work your butt off to actually get an A like the 2 or 3 kids in my class who actually did. st

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Advice for the tests: Look at the book WEBSITE and the chapters on it. There are review quizzes on the book website that have some of the exact same questions on the test. The reason I got A's instead of B's on his tests was that I looked at the website quizzes. For your convenience: ****www.brookscole.com/cgi-brookscole/course_products_bc.pl?fid=M20b

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He's a really good lecturer, but his tests are like death, I'd like it more if the class wasn't practically test based.

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Very Friendly. Very Helpful. Tough daily quizzes and sometimes confusing tests. Always willing to help.

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the man the legend.. he knows his stuff and is probably one of the best lecturers in the school! study for your daily quizzes though

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He is seriously the best teacher ever. I wish he taught AP Bio. Soooooooooooooo amazing.

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BEST FLE TEACHER IN THE SCHOOL!!

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Mr. McFaden was an amazing teacher. He provided the most intellectually stimulating class I have ever had. I will never forget my time in freshman Biology.

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Awesome teacher!!! Everyone loves his lectures; they make it so easy to learn and remember everything, except sometimes there's so much information, and the daily quizzes and awkwardly-worded tests can be challenging sometimes. But he's probably one of the best biology teachers ever. And he's always helpful and supportive and answers almost all your questions thoroughly.

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Definitely the class you will love to hate- but more love than hate. The daily 5 point quizzes and tests definitely require a lot of studying, but Mr.McFaden's lectures are the best- they're not boring at all! He's really nice, and he's pretty easy to understand. I'm so glad I had him for bio.

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Mr. McFaden is my favorite person ever. He's super duper supportive, and he is always willing to help. When I had him for bio, he would sit down with me during 8th periods, lunches, and after class, and explain things that I hadn't understood. He is always very kind, even when you ask a bazillion questions.
He genuinely wants to help everyone learn. His class is somewhat challenging, but if you

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i think he's pretty good for a bio teacher.. but hes easier than the rest

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BEST biology teacher by far! Take any of his classes. He makes a boring subject interesting... you actually want to listen to him and look forward to his class. Has really funny stories and phrases that help you as well :) His 5 point quizzes are slightly hard but they help you next year if you take AP Bio. Good luck, mcfaden rules!

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awesome teacher but his tests are worded a little awkwardly at times... be careful

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Definetely the best IBET Bio teacher. You learn everything so well in his class, but without any homework or stress. Answers your questions really well. I actually had fun doing my IBET project and most people in the IBET got As on their projects. Thanks Mr. McFadden for giving me a great freshman year and a passion for biology.

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He is a great teacher I enjoyed his bio class last year in ibet. however, he doesn't curve so make sure you study! He wont go on teaching a new subject until everyone understands.

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He's a great teacher. He won't move on in his lectures until everyone understands the topic. However, he will not let close answers slide on quizzes, so be sure to study for every quiz. Tests are all scantron, but if you have to make a slideshow, use as much detail as possible. 2/10's are pretty common on those.

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Really entertaining class. It's not an easy A, though, so be prepared to study.

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his lectures are more than bearable, and the analogies that he uses to explain things are both helpful and funny. the only homework (usually) is to study. if you take good notes in class you shouldn't need the textbook, although i've heard it helps a lot with the tests because the questions are pretty much the same.

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i guess he's pretty good. his wording is terrible on the tests and quizzes though. its not uncommon for you to know the whole chapter and still do badly. i once missed the same question on consecutive tests because of wording. overall pretty good.

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Take Jesus and ask him to teach Biology. This is basically what you get.

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he explains the material thoroughly and can answer any questions you have. besides

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super cool and funny guy. basically only homework is studying. not easy to get a good A but doesn't mean you can't get an A.

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Mr. McFaden is the best teacher I have ever had and probably will ever have.

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not an easy teacher. daily quizzes five points each all short answer. but i learned so much from him and he has all these jokes that can help you remember. best science teacher ive ever had!

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Amazing teacher, I had him and learned so much. He makes his lectures much more interesting than the typical lecture, and makes sure everyone understands the material.

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He's a funny guy, but his class isn't a gimme by any means. You have to seriously take notes and study. I wouldn't have gotten a B if it weren't for the Punnett Square worksheets in the third quarter.

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Mr. McFaden is awesome. He was very helpful and his class was clear and not too hard. He was a cool guy, it's sad that he's retiring.

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Best science teacher ever! But his tests are hard sometimes (the interpretation...) and the quizzes are sometimes specific. Funniest guy ever.

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although he was perceived as the easiest teacher his class was a challenge. amazing teacher, and i cant believe he is retiring! hilarious, fair, and helpful. knows his stuff, best teacher everrrr

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I had him for freshman bio. He is a wonderful teacher -- funny and effective. Doesn't give busy work. His is a class to look forward to. It may have been a bit hard, but having him was worth it.

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He is absolutely amazing. I hated biology. A lot. But I loved his class.

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cool teacher, but hes really hard. not like middle school i actually had to work hard to scrape by wit an A in this class where in middle school u just sleep during science

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Mr. McFaden was amazing. He taught so much so well and made things easier. Tests and quizzes were somewhat hard, but they can help you depending on how much you study for them.

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Great teacher, pretty cool guy. Really funny! Biology is generally boring, but some how he made it fun. It's not easy though. Be careful on 5-pt quizzes. They can either make or break your grade.

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Mr. McFaden was the best Bio teacher ever. He's so helpful and quirky and he teaches very effectively. I loved bio because of him. His tests are sometimes worded really weirdly though. So be careful.

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not bad..

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good teacher, funny

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a hard teacher, definetly not guaranteed an A unless you work extra hard and learn to interpret the tests. If u plan to take Ap Bio next year, rewrite notes. AP bio open note tests - i use those notes

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Heh, he's an awesome quirky Bio teacher. He encouraged me personally throughout the year, especially when I had the lowest grade in the class.

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Best teacher, but difficult, third wuater is an easy A and so is fourth, but second quarter is difficult

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He's the best teacher I've ever had. He's always extremely clear so it is extremely easy to learn the material. He's also an overall nice guy.

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Mr. McFaden really did his job well and made sure everyone got the jist of the lecture. He had great teaching skills and methods to teach hard concepts. His quirks were on purpose to help us remember.

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mcfaden rocks as a biology teacher. he can teach. just take good notes and pay attention. you learn a lot and his classes are fun. fair and dr.wood's good too but mcfaden's much better (: get him

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Pretty hard class but very fair. Great teacher and really funny. Really good IBET teacher!

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cool teacher. keeps class involved. funny. all his tests got a few questions that are hard to interpret tho, so i always ending losing points b/c i don't get the question

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Hard class, great teacher. Involves the class and makes it lots of fun.

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Mixed feelings about this teacher. He was always amazing towards me - warm, caring, definitely interested in helping. I do feel that there were a few kids he singled out and made very uncomfortable.

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He's an awesome guy, but not easy. I loved his class even though I think he didn't like me. Get Nelson-McFaden-LaFever Ibet if you can.

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Get him for IBET, but NOT for geosystems.

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Mr. McFaden is very funny and teaches in a way that makes you learn more than you think you are. Has great stories, analogies, and explanations for almost everything. However, despite how hard some people work, some will not get A's because of his notorious phrasing of questions and multiple interpretations. Besides that, he is very helpful and surprisingly patient with everyone. No homework, daily 5 pt quizzes, 30-40 pt tests on average. Study a lot and make sure you comprehend material.

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No BS in his class, if you don't know and understand it you will do poorly on tests. IBET projects are actually graded instead of free A's. Grades extremely fairly though, and lets students make their own test keys. And you learn a lot, plus he explains stuff amazingly and keeps the class engaged. All in all awesome teacher.

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THE COOLEST TEACHER YOU'LL EVER HAVE sure... he's kinda difficult, but you learn a lot and he's so freakin cool!

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BEST teacher i've ever had

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I love geosys with him! Great teacher/person. Funny, clear, fair, interesting. Take good notes! No homework, but study every night if you want to do well. Painless and you learn a lot, just stay on track. Nelson/McFaden is the way to go for seniors.

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Mr. McFaden is incredibly informative and makes sure the students really understand the material, even if it is irrelevant. You don't find that very often anymore. Great jokes in class. He really is a great teacher. He is a dream teacher!

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GREAT teacher. effective at teaching, but doesnt bore you with his lectures. does his best to amuse the students and get them involved in what hes teaching.

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Mr. McFaden is realy cool. He has really cool demos, like his enzyme demonstration. I hope I have him in the future

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a wonderful teacher whose lectures are amazingly effective. hilarious anecdotes and sound effects, a competent teacher who gets the job done.

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mr mcfaden is the BEST! i had him for bio 1 and im going to try my best to get him and mrs nelson for geosystems...hes funny nice smart caring and SO COOL!!!!!!

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I had Mr. McFaden in 1980something and he was by far my favorite teacher. I kept my notes and used them in college. Glad to see he still rocks!

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Awesome teacher, lots of great jokes :-) I love Mr. McFaden!

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Loved being in his class. Need i say more?

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I love Mr. MC kindest guy around

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awesome teacher - explains stuff really well. just take really good notes and u'll be alright

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Explains so everyone understands; helps if asked; knows his Bio. Ergo (Latin for therefore), he is one great teacher!

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I LOVE MR. McFADEN!!!! My parents even call me a Mr. McFaden groupie! I loved bio, AP isn't as good. I want him senior year SOO much!!!! Take lots of notes!

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Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is located in Alexandria, Virginia with an average teacher rating of 4.03 stars. When comparing Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology's teachers to other teachers in the state of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology's teachers are below the average of 4.4 stars. Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology ranks 176 amongst all High Schools in the state of Virginia. Learn More