Average 3.25 based on 32 teacher ratings
Don Kersten is a Languages teacher at Robinson Secondary School located in Fairfax, Virginia and part of Fairfax County Public Schools. Don Kersten's 32 teacher ratings contributes to Robinson Secondary School's ranking of 244 in Virginia. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Robinson Secondary School is 4.12 stars.
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DONT YOU DARE TOUCH HIS TOOTHBRUSH FOOL. (he keeps it in the classroom)

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His songs that apply to the grammar lessons are really helpful. You may think they're stupid at first but are actually really helpful. The quizzes are really easy to because he always gives hints on every quiz whether it's the conjugation form or the english infinitive, etc. He does not sound like a spanish person at all because he's an American (i.e he doesn't roll his "r"). He's a funny guy and tells funny stories.

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I have Mr. Kersten this year, and at the beginning of the year, I absolutely hated his class. Mainly because I didn't know anyone in his class so it was boring, but he's very funny and weird, but it's not a weird kind of weird, he assigns a lot of homework so just make sure you do it and you'll understand the material and maintain an A/B average, he's also very lenient when he grades tests and quizzes so you're kind of lucky if you have him.

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He is...difficult to describe. He's not a good teacher, but he's a really funny guy in an odd sort of way. He assigns tons of homework, do it otherwise fail the class. He's not helpful when it comes to questions often evading you by saying, "Can't you see I'm busy right now?!" do the homework. it helps you with the grade and the practice since you won't be getting a lot of it in class.

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He assigns A LOT of homework...and if you don't do it, it's a 100% chance you're going to fail his class. I don't feel like he really taught us that much, there were a few occasions were he would come up with something funny to help us remember things, but I mainly felt like I was teaching myself with the worksheets and homework. Stay on his good side- things turn rather nasty when you get on his

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Very quirky, random, and not particularly helpful. Doesn't teach. Uses way too many worksheets, and doesn't answer any questions. You have to teach yourself or get a tutor. I wouldn't wish this teacher upon anyone. Not sure why he is still teaching. By the end of the year, you get used to his weird humor and he turns out being nice enough. He is paranoid about cheating and he reacts really b

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not the best teacher I've ever had he's strict, but also funny. He assigns A LOT of homework

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Don't fring food to class- he will eat it. Don't get on his bad side- you'll never go back. But actually as a teacher he's really good. He made spanish clear and comes up with creative things to help you remember what youre learning...on the social side though...weird as anything, but really funny..his class isn't that bad if you and the other students team together

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I had him this year.

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By far the most random class i have ever been in...but in a good way. If you laugh at random things, do ur homework, and are "nice to your friend", you'll love mr. kersten. He makes me actually look forward to spanish class, plus i actually learn.

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Actually a pretty good teacher but other than that hes crazy..somedays he will love your class and others everyone is out in the hall writing apology notes..i had him 3rd so it was interesting..he's actually nice about having your phone in class..also do ALL THE EXTRA CREDIT make him posters for class and you get like 5% extra boost..do all your homework

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Senor Kersten is by far the best teacher of all time. You walk into his class and you like immediatley start laughing. He is soo funny and weird (in the best way possible). I hate spanish, but i loved his class cause he's like a kid, even though he's like 45. Trust me, you will love him. Favorite teacher since 1st grade.

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He is my favorite teacher EVER!! If you're outgoing and laugh a lot then you'll love him. But if you're all serious then you'll think he's totally wack. But for all you fun people, you'll love him

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somehow...he actually made spanish 2 fun.

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he sais randomn stuff all the time and brings humor to the classroom. if ur nice to him then he will be the coolest guy ever. your dont learn from his lessons but do the homework and its all good.

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The worst teacher I've ever had! He doesnt know how to teach. He should get fired.

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My son complained that he was boring and did not get kids enthused about Spanish. Not very effective. My son struggled with him.

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Very poor teaching style. He is NOT helpful or creative in presenting material. He teaches Spanish but his accent is terrible. Students must self teach if they want to get through the year.

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Sometimes moderately distant with students, but overall he's amusing and ends up teaching what he needs to with relative success. I wouldn't mind having as a teacher again.

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the best way not to fail is get a tutor, where you can actually ask questions and get answers. he gave us pop final PALS. the whole class did bad. worst class EVER. he gives us quizes/tests in about 10 min at the end of class

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Though his classroom antics are humorful, his unwillingness to answer questions and provide help makes him a worthless teacher.

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His strangeness is funny - once you get used to it. I find him unhelpful - he won't answer your questions, however, if you try he sees that you try and will attempt to help you out. He is very random.

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In Span 1 lots of people can't follow him well, but I don't see why. If they basic teacher courtesy wouldn't detetention. He's really funny.Favorites?No he just yells at bad kids.

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I had this teacher for Spanish 2 during my freshman year. Now I'm a graduating senior, and he's one of the best Spanish teacher's I've ever had. He is weird, but in a funny way. And yes, he does make fun of kids, but only the dumb punks who don't try and just want to goof around. If you're smart, or if you try your best in his class, then you'll have a fun time laughing. If you're one of those punks, then oh well. Great teacher. Makes Spanish fun.

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The Rev Donny K made spanish FUN...

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Pure Genuis, no one understands him; open your eyes and realize his illumination to the world. Senor Kersten is the most brilliant human being on earth. PEACE

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I had a blast in his class, I was always laughing... at him. Guess what? I still am.

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What is everyone talking about? Big K ROCKS! he is SOO funny and easy and is the coolest teacher..all who said hes bad were probabaly the ones he made fun of!

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he is sometimes ok. he helped me bring up my grade significantly. holla

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Bad Jokes, makes fun of kids

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hes not very nice

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worst teacher..horiable jokes

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