Average 4.88 based on 67 teacher ratings
Jim Padilla is a retired English teacher at La Cañada High School 9-12 located in La Canada, California. When comparing Jim Padilla's ratings to other teachers in the state of California, Jim Padilla's ratings are above the average of 4.15 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at La Cañada High School 9-12 is 3.98 stars.
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What a beast. Some people say he mistreats those of a religion not Catholic, but, as a Mormon he treated me great! No mistreatment. One of my best teachers ever. I learned so much from this man, I can't understand why the school would be foolish enough to fire him. Intellectual Curosity is the greatest invention I've ever partook in during school. I hope he is doing well. He is one of the only teachers that cares about the school.

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First i want to say that Mr. Padilla was an amazing man and he was very knowledgeable in literature. However, he did not focus on any writing skills. This led to me unprepared for honors english 2 . He focuses too much on literature and history and does not focus on essay writing.

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Mr. Padilla is the best teacher my son has had at LCHS. It is clear that teaching is Mr. Padilla's passion in life and that he loves what he does. My son is excited to go to class every day and genuinely cannot get enough of the lessons imparted by Mr. Padilla. The best part is that these lessons go far beyond a textbook; Mr. Padilla incorporates history, current events, philosophy, and art history in everything he teaches. He is the definition of a true teacher!

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This is my son's favorite teacher EVER!! Loves "intellectual curiosity and knowledge exchange." I wish all teachers were this wonderful.

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He enriches the class with much more than English criculum, he is open to any question or curisioty and he answeres those questions throughly. His morning class is the one that I look forward to and it is honestly a blessing and a privilege to be in his class. Also, I particularly like how he offers unlimited rewrites on essays so that one can not only get a better grade, but open their mind to deeper understanding, and learn to be an overall better writer. Thank you mr Padilla.

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honestly, padilla is a walking encyclopedia. his class has opened m eyes up in a way that no other teacher has before. the class lectures are superb and he will give you guidance to any situation (in class or out). by far best lc teacher. boo mcfeat.

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There is one thing that every student who has had the privilege to take a class taught by Mr. Jim Padilla knows, he has an unbelievable amount of passion and heart for what he teaches. Not only does he teach you lessons pertinent to life today, but lessons that will extend beyond your high school days and deep into your future. His downfall tends to be his friendliness with students, which often leaves him taken advantage of ergo making him irate. Nonetheless, he is most certainly one of a kind.

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I had Mr. Padilla in the "alpha" and "omega" stages of LCHS 7th and 12th grade. I had him for drama/art in middle school, and MirrorThemes in 12th grade. He was an excellent teacher, but when u get a C grade in MirrorThemes it is hard to bring it up. He has a bipolar personality, and his mood swings can affect the mood of the class! Be careful when he is in a bad mood. In general he is a fantastic teacher who wants others to share his knowledge and wants his students to be well prepared for life

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He seems strict upfront, yet can be easy going, and has a great personality. It really depends on the day. Make sure to take notes diligently and get all the books you need or you will learn why. If you sleep or text in class, DO NOT do it in his class or else you will regret it. As long as you have respect for him as a teacher, he will unfold his vast array of knowledge upon you. This class teaches many life lessons, yet is not the easy way out, if you are looking for an easy A.

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Greatest teacher ever for the first three quarters, but then by the last quarter most of the class is getting sick of his ridiculous tantrums, attacks on people and power trips.

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He is an amazing person. Just listening to him go off on his random tangents is great to hear. He knows so much about greek mythology, religion, languages, classical literature. He is full of knowledge and is so inspirational. Take any class that he has!

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What an intelligent and intellectual guy. This guy is one of the greatest teachers at the school if not the best. He not only teaches you things about history, art, religion, etc, but prepares everyone to be more scholarly. He's an amazing teacher and you'd be really lucky and fortunate to have him teach you.

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Mr. Padilla is an amazing teacher. He is a true scholar who went to Stanford. He is so smart and he teaches you about the world. He doesn't just teach English but he teaches philosophy, art history, Greek, and history in general. He s one of my favorite teachers of all time. He is also really easy. Unfortunatly, he doesn't help too much on essays though. His grades are inflated.

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Mr. Padilla is a very cool guy. He is so interesting because he knows so much and he is so passionate about his subject. However, the only way that you will love his class is if you love, or at leasat like his subject. Sadly I do not, so his class can be boring. However, my favorite part about his class are his crazy stories, especially the ones about him taking kids to Europe.

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Amazing teacher. A genious, probably the only excellent teacher that i have ever had.

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wow he's a great teacher helps with the real world

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Awsome and funny. had him for Drama/Art I want him for 9th grade English but I have no chance because I'm gonna be in special ed with Tetu AWWWW!

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mr. padilla is awsome! i have him for drama and his class is so fun. he gives out airheads!

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great teacher. he has helped my son a lot. i think he deserves a raise.....

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Mr. Padilla. So much can be said about this man. Is it his quirkiness? his random topics in class (nothing is off topic)? or the fact that you learn so many things that its hard to imagine what a regular english class was like? it is all of these things. I have never learned somuch in an english class in my entire life. he may yell, but that is just one thing that everyone deals with. I am so happy to have had Mr. Padilla as my teacher, mentor, and friend.

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i love Mr. Pedilla!!!!!! so cool!

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mr. padilla is by far the best teacher i have ever had!! he's amazing! he teaches us about english, philosophy, history, religion, politics, and current issues. i have learned so much from him this year that i will take with me for the rest of my life!!

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Mr. Padilla is the best teacher you could ever have... you are so lucky if you ever have him!!!!!!!!!!!

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mr padilla is the best teacher i have ever had. we arent even halfway through the year, and i've learned more then i ever have in a full year of english. the things he teaches are more then just knowledge, they are life. listen to him. his class is pretty easy, as long as you do what he says.

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take it from someone in college, padilla is the best teacher you will ever have. learn from mastery. he should be a college prof, but lucky you, you get him now. he touches upon so many facets of lit, religion, history, philosophy, art, life...learn everything he teaches and you'll be intellectually superior to not only all your peers, but most people in general. padilla=knowledge for life.

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He is entertaining, and sometimes very informative, but often just empty talk. We waste a lot of time, and study his life stories more than actual useful information. Nice guy though, and he tries.

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OMG the best teacher in the school alot of knowlege about everything great person

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Mr. Padilla is AWESOME. Never had a nicer teacher

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Great guy who has an abundance of knowledge about life and shares everything he knows with us! He would also be a perfect english teacher, because his intellect is so high!

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a great human being and the best high school teacher i've ever had

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Mr. Padilla is a great teacher-he acts like he teaches college, with discussions, etc., but if he goes on his religion rants, just pretend to be interested.

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Mr. Padilla is the best English teacher I have ever had. I learned more in one year of english with him than in all the other year's of English combined.

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SO glad i had this teacher. improves your substance and your intellectual quality. Only been here for two years and easily one of the best teachers in school

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love you man

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He's really cool and he makes us memorize millions of vocab so it's great. He is also always there to help us out even on weekends.

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this guy is the best ever if you ever get a chance to be in his class takTAKE IT

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Mr. Padilla is the coolest. I used to hate English until i was in his class, i have a totally different outlook on life and literature

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he is such an amazing person

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MR. PADILLA IS BY FAR THE BEST TEACHER! HE REALLY KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING!

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He is sooo cool he is the best teacher and the only teacher that i has taught me the most this year!!

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Padilla is by far the best teacher i have ever had! Once you've had him, you can't go to any other teacher. It would be like going from the top to the bottom.

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MR. PADILLA IS AN AMAZING AND INSPIRING TEACHER, HE HAS TRULY CHANGED MY OUTLOOK ON LIFE IN MANY WAYS AND THIS IS 100% TRUE! MR. PADILLA IS THE BEST!

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AMAZING

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I love this man. Had him second semester of english 2 honors... good man. Made me like to read again. Rock on Paydilay!

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Students love Padilla because he doesn't teach english, he teaches life. He's honest, with an honest view of the world, and that's what he shows his students.

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YEA Padilla your the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!! holla at ya boy

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MR. P IS DA BOMB!! HE IS TOTALLY BOSS!!! WOOO!!

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mr padilla is the man he is easy too as long as you write your essays and memorize tour vocab. learn by mastery he is a funny i hope he dresses like santa

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omg this is the best teacher in the entire universe!!! this years english is nothing compared to last year w/ him!!!! i laughed so hard i cried every single day

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He seems so nice and generous. GO PADILLA!

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Mr. Padilla changed my way of comprehending information from stories, and teaches words by MASTERY, so you better DISCERN!!

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the best teacher ever! i've had him for government during summer school...i wish i had him for english though...he's soooo cool!

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I love Mr Padilla ergo cogito ergo sum!

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padilla! not only are suspenders cool but they are worn by the best english teacher since the beginning of time

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Never had him yet but i want him! HEard hes a great teacher!

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best english teacher out there and if he teaches anything else he would be great too

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Best teacher ever! I want him next year.

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best teacher ever!

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he is the best eng teacher i've ever had! i learn so much from him and he is absolutely great! There are no words to discribe his awesomeness! (i don't think that's even a word...oh well...

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La Cañada High School 9-12 is located in La Canada, California with an average teacher rating of 3.98 stars. When comparing La Cañada High School 9-12's teachers to other teachers in the state of California, La Cañada High School 9-12's teachers are below the average of 4.15 stars. La Cañada High School 9-12 ranks 408 amongst all High Schools in the state of California. Learn More