Average 3.51 based on 66 teacher ratings
James Janota is an English teacher at Neuqua Valley High School located in Naperville, Illinois and part of 204. James Janota's 66 teacher ratings contributes to Neuqua Valley High School's ranking of 429 in Illinois. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Neuqua Valley High School is 4.14 stars.
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Mr. Janota is a good teacher but his class expectations were oftentimes very high for a sophomore honors class but he was cool. He sometimes is a little extra but that's okay

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Granted, I was spoiled after having Derrow, but this guy is just rude, many times not even realizing it. Sure, the curriculum was excruciatingly boring as all it did was attempt to prepare kids for the AP test but he spent a lot of time just asking kids about their day, then giving his "two cents" on their response, probably to put off talking about English which, unlike Star Wars, he was not passionate about. He seemed nicer one on one and gave us donuts at the end of the year which is a plus.

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Definitely played favorites. Made fun of me for the simple reason that I was in the front row. Yeah, not recommended.

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Mr. Janota is one of the worst people I have ever met. He is insensitive, biased, rude and unbelievably arrogant, not to mention the fact that I learned absolutely nothing from him. I do not have an ounce of respect for this man.

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The worst teacher I have ever had! I took honors English to become a stronger writer and learned nothing from this man. He's terribly rude and wastes DAYS not teaching and telling personal stories because he's tenured and they can't fire him.

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Enjoyed him. He knew when we were stressed out and placed his humor accordingly. Learned more about writing well in that class than any other in HS. Worst thing was when only 6 of us earned A's on a major essay he told us not to show we were happy or tell anyone we got A's as not to hurt wittle feelings. He also graded us on career choices instead of the quality of our career speeches.

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better plan on taking the AP4 test bc if you dont you probably wont be awarded extra credit points The AP test is irrelevant towards your actual grade

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One of the most insensitive and unhelpful teachers I've had in high school. While he makes the class more interesting and fun with his nonchalant teaching style, he cracks way too many jokes and makes fun of his students excessively. He clearly has favorites in the class, and that will often lead to the grade you receive. Because of this, he does nothing to improve your writing, making the class almost pointless.

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He is fine as a teacher, but is way way too self-righteous and arrogant. Has unfair standards, and thinks that all his opinions are the only ones in the world. Plays favorites, and if you aren't one of them it shows in your grades. Also he swears a lot in class, which is very unprofessional.
Keep low and humble, follow his rules, don't get on his bad side, and do all your homework. Then you should be fine.
I hated his teaching style.

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He was a good teacher, and i enjoyed having a class with him. We had a very open environment, and though he may have liked a few people less or more, he was overall a fair person.

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Cadburry Egg Day!!

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Chose favorites and ignored/hated rest of class. Did some cruel jokes at expense of the students. Couldnt stand him

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my favorite teacher ever, no joke. had him twice in high school. he helped improve my writing and give me direction in terms of my major and career. give him respect and you'll get it back. great fun.

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janota is seriously such a good teacher. he's hilarious, too. but don't get on his bad side.

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worst teacher ive ever had all four years of high school

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He's cool and funny, he grades a bit hard but I like his class when he's off topic and when not exteremely focused on English

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favorite teacher ever! hes probably the funniest person i've ever met. he needs to become a comedian. easy grader except on in class essays!

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Great teacher. Extremely friendly and great help. The only thing you will question you will have about him is why he didn't become a stand-up comedian.

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makes classes fun!! he's so sarcastic but it's a funny sarcastic so he's cool!

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This guy taught my english classes at St. Pats. Yeh he had a temper but he was in a room full of puberescent teenagers, what did ya expect? Anyway this guy is great, u'll appreciate him later...

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tries too hard to be funny =/

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cool guy sometimes. moody though, and extremely arrogant. easy grader except on essays.

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halirious! his classes are fun, but he doesn't grade essays that well.

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Fun class, teaches honors english well, but he does have a rather arrogant attitude

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mr. j is AWESOME...one day all we did was talk about star wars...sooo coool

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I am in honors and his class is not that hard, we get off on tangents and I love it when he talks about random topics. Very fun class!

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Mr. Janota's nice and good teacher, he can be a little hard sometimes...he always chooses favs and he can sometimes be not fair to the rest of the class!

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COOL TRACK & X-C COACH, TOUGH, HE TOLD ME ONCE TO GET MY ... OFF HIS CAR, HE SNAPS ONCE IN A WHILE

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Terrible teacher. Doesn't teach material at all and has the most annoying attitude. Will treat you as if you're below dirt. Avoid at all costs. Ruins my day

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Wow u are awsome Mr J.

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mr jamie janota is the best! he is a great teacher and coach.

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The coolest english teacher that has ever lived.

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Plays favorites. Makes me sick. I don't think he realizes that he alienates like 3/4 of the class.

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Awesome, Awesome teacher. Knows what he's talking about, but knows how to connect, remembers what it was like to be in high school.

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We talk about interesting topics but I dont like being in a ginny pig class.

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he wrote the book on cursing

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i learned a lot from u but u need to be harder!!!

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Mr. J is great. Thanx a bunch for lettin me be TA. He's the coolest teacher in the world and he really teaches life lessons and I will always keep with me!

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Cool. Funnest class. Hard A if not good writer or aren't very dedicated. Awesome fun though.

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Mr. J rocks!! if you think hes a hard grader, you're either DUMB or didnt study well enough. Hes more encourageable out of class, he talks about track too much!

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Awesome guy. Hates dumb kids like freshman. But awesome with the sophomores. Class average at 90% the whole year. Respects smart people hates dumb ones.

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hes a good guy, but he has favorites and it kinda makes me mad, he chooses and goes against EVERYONE else...and it reflects in grades...ITS NOT FAIR!!

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Mr. J. is an amazing teacher who is hilarious and can relate to his students very well. He makes class enjoyable while teaching effectively at the same time. But lately he has become too tough in his grading and class averages are way lower than usual.

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Mr. J...you need him as a teacher. but he did go off on stengel that one time. lmfao.

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He makes me mad. He thinks he's a god and that we should all bow down to him. I liked him in the beginning of the year but now I just think that he is a pain.

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he's odd. he talks a lot about himself, and tells a lot of stories and makes everyone listen. but then again he is really nice and fair.

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o fo sho mr j u b one mackin' teacha keeeid. go 2nd period english!!!!!!!

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mr. j is the best english teacher he goes off task alot but thats the good part he always talks about track wit doug and spencer and his eyes are cool (ALBINO)

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Mr J is a good teacher he just plays favorites WAY TOO MUCH. he also picks on kids and has made some very upset. he also knows like EVERY swear in the book!

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MR. JANOTA, WHAT CAN I SAY, EVEN THOUGH IM THE ONLY KID YOU THREW OUT OF A CLASS, I LIKE YA, UR FUNNY, AND YOU REMEMBER THAT YOU WERE A KID ONCE TOO.

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MR J is the coolest teacher EVER!! he got are class of 30, 96 Krispy Kreame Donuts!

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YOU ROCK MR.J I LOVE COMING TO YOUR CLASS EVERYDAY, ITS SO MUCH FUN, EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES THE HOMEWORK SEEMS UNBELIEVABLE I ALWAYS SEEM TO GET IT DONE.!!!!

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Mr. J is a very cool teacher. i know that i can get stupid in class, (i.e polio), but he is the best teacher i've had in a LONG time.

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Totally a cool teacher. The way he taugh commas to our class was so FUNNY!He can be unfair in grading projects, but he is a good person and i wish him the best.

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MR J!!! awesome guy!!! altough he can get annoyed or loose is temper with some things- hes still and awesome teacher! he is thought sometimes very mean to peopl

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janota....interesting character, it's unfortunate that he told his class that he only teaches for the summers off.

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J keeps class interesting and funny. he teaches too though, so be glad if ur in his class!

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Mr. J is the coolest teacher I have ever had and coach he is on a kid level which I think that makes him a lot easier to understand all teachers should be him!!

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Awesome. J helped me with some family situations that I was dealing with at home just by listening to me. He is a great inspiration, teacher and a great friend.

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MR. J is the coolest english teacher ever. It is not easy to get a good grade, but not impossible. He is so funny. I wish he could be my teacher forever

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Cool and funny english teacher! He's new, but he's already so popular!! He tries to get things done, but usually cannot control his class, which is so funny!

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