While I was taking Weiland's Honors Bio class sophomore year, I thought I was in way over my head. I am not a science person by any means, and wasn't interested in biology at all. This might have made the class more difficult, because my attitude going into the class wasn't that positive. However, there is not a day where I don't wish I had her for my science class teacher. She knows biology like the back of her hand, and she REALLY prepares you for the future.
I took her freshman honors and AP bio class in 2008-9. I was thnking about these classes today because in hindsight, they were probably the most useful classes in HS. It was hard and she can be kind of condescending, but she does set the foundation you are interested in science. She taught the AP class more thoroughly and clearly than when I took them in undergrad (vet/med schools often do not accept AP credit!)...and now I'm 2 years into my vetmed program, and I still remember what shetaught :)
heres the deal with Jenny,
At first her class is hell, and I was literally planning on dropping out, but after a while you get used to her high expectations and enormous work load. Honestly, I wouldn't have taken biology with any other teacher because this one definitely knows her stuff (even though I may have fallen asleep in class a few times). Make sure u read the textbook, i rarely did, but when i did it was super helpful.
Overall, don't fret, she's not as bad as she's posed to be.
She may be intelligent but is condescending and chooses the students she deems worthy of her so called knowledge. It is a shame that XCP doesn't offer any other options for AP bio. Less than 10 percent of each grade level even attempts to take her class. She ridicules and shames many students. She is justified as she will take a few from each class and mentor them. They in turn will feel ritious and superior adding to the psychological well being of the "less than " students she identifies
Some people should not be teachers. She is one of them.
If biology comes easy to you, she'll love you. If you're like me and it doesn't, just keep your head down and don't take it personally when she makes you feel ashamed for not understanding. I think she's just one of those people that hates everyone she thinks she's smarter than.
I don't think words can describe this lady. Hardest class I took and my least favorite class too, but this lady knows her stuff! She's horribly judgmental, condescending, and arrogant, but if you can get around that and put in just as much work as she does, then you'll love the class. She is an excellent teacher if you an keep up and you work hard, but if you're looking for an A and not willing to work for for it, take regular, or the others honors class over the summer, just get it over with.21
the woman herself is a genius and her lectures are fairly easy to understand, but its so monotonous that i really have trouble staying awake in class. she has funny moments every now and then but her tests have little details in them that either weren't in the notes or showed up once and didn't seem to be of much importance. then after she grades the tests she spends about 15 minutes telling us how dumb we are and how disappointed she is
this woman is a little female dog. she makes you feel dumb, judges you constantly, and makes you feel worthless. Im only taking AP bio because it looks good on a college application. And if you're a freshman with her class, my prayers go to you.
Not the nicest teacher but she is very, very intelligent. Had her for both Freshman Honors Bio and AP Bio. Take AP Bio. It'll be the best decision of your Xavier career. AP is challenging and you do need to put in a lot of effort, but the rewards are great. I got a 5 on the AP exam all thanks to Weiland. She knows what she is doing, although she can be very condescending at times. Learn to manage your time in AP and seriously study for at least two days ahead for her tests.
literally my favorite teacher of all time. I started out hating her, just like everyone else but she grew on me. Freshman Bio was probably the hardest class ever, but it was so rewarding. She is very strict but knows what she is talking about. When you ask a question she does make you feel stupid because she doesn't want anyone to top her knowledge on the subject, however she should have that right because she is a biology genius. Never ask questions and always make eye contact
I am in college now and I still consider her my favorite teacher of all time. She is strict, but she spells out her rules explicitly and simply expects you to follow them. She is absolutely brilliant, and she will love you if you expend the necessary effort.
Probably my least favorite teacher at Xavier. She was very smart, but hard to understand, and I have no clue how I pulled a B.
Doesn't really care for her students individually.
If she's condescending, she deserves to be condescending. She's SO SMART. And an amazing teacher.
def one of my best teachers. can be scary but really really cool!
good teacher, but is condescending when it comes to questions - i was afraid to ask her anything! goes very very fast and doesn't spend much time reviewing. KNOW YOUR MATERIAL! #1 RULE!!
She was an amazing teacher who respects her students who respect her. I was scared of her at first, but she turned out to be an amazing teacher. If you have trouble with her, just keep trying!
Mrs. Weiland is quite frightening. Her tests are VERY difficult and you either get it or you dont. She does know what she's talking about but no one else does. just try to keep a positive attitude.
She is scary, I am not going to lie and her class is hard, but she is great! She teaches a lot, and expects a lot. First semester you get a vibe that she hates the entire class, but she is very nice once you get to know her. She is never really available if you need help, though. FINALS ARE VERY HARD.
I started out hating her class, but really ended up appreciating her passion and knowledge for biology, I really love the class, it was amazing. She could be condescending, and sometimes I got the feeling she was being judgmental, but it was a lot of fun.
She can be the hardest teacher, and the one making you work the hardest but by far she is the one teaching you the most. She obiviously knows exactly what she's talking about and does a great job of lecturing as well as answering her questions. Prove to her that you want to work hard in her class and she'll like you tons. She loves students that strive to better themselves. She's usually tough, but when you get to know her more you see that she's a really nice person.
my absolute best teacher at xavier. she can be horribly condescending, but if you get past that (or even if you can't...) learn as much as you can from her. hard work, but do it and you'll succeed.
Definitely knows her stuff, lots of hard work. She sometimes can make you feel stupid if you ask questions, but an awesome teacher nonetheless.
AMAZING. Had her for AP bio. One of the toughest classes ever but you def learn a lot and the info sticks with you. Sure the class is intimidating but AP bio isn't the easist :) :)
She's an excellent teacher, but she sometimes expects students to know exactly what she is talking about, but they honestly have no clue. (ie me) But she's a great person.
as an AP Bio teacher she is one of the most competent teachers at xcp. Scary at first, but nice beneath the surface, and really promises amazing comprehension.
She never wasted my time, and she forced me to work to my full potencial.
AMAZING TEACHER...she definitely knows her stuff. so she's a little intimidating, you need a spine if you want to get through AP Bio anyways.
Good teacher, but somewhat mean-spirited. Can also turn around and be nice. Very strange. My year is when she got pregnant; that affected things!
honors bio: knows her stuff! tests take studying, but it's nothing to worry about - do the work, and you'll do fine.
ap bio: rigorous, but incredibly rewarding. teacher willing to expend efforts to help students learn