Jan 12, 2015 Mentally ill, incredibly rude and disrespectful, and does not care about students at all. Does not care about student's lives, grades, or health. Terribly lazy and incompetent. Doesn't teach, doesn't care, and overall is the worst teacher at the school. Grading is preposterous, as one small error could drop you from an A to a C on a test. Unreasonable and inexorable in her efforts to ruin the lives and futures of her students. Go for Nugent, not Boppana. Flag Rating
Jan 08, 2015
Don't take these ratings as exaggeration. Students in her class suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, collectively allowing her to emotionally abuse students, often bringing them to tears. They are told repeatedly that any bad grade is their fault and THEIRS ALONE - Boppana is faultless - and that chem takes priority over any other student activity. She has forced students to drop other subjects and extracurriculars entirely.
And no one thinks that this is a problem. Because she has good AP scores. Flag Rating
Dec 12, 2014 Nice and knowledgeable teacher. Would highly recommend as the class is a guaranteed 'A' as long as she doesn't hate you and you get a 5 on the AP. Disliked her teaching style though. Tried too hard to be mean but always ended up being soft with me ;) Flag Rating
Sep 07, 2014
Boppana is an incredibly tough teacher, has very high expectations, and has what can be best described as tough love. She's notorious for having literally the toughest course in the school, with incredibly low first semester grades and an extremely tough grading policy. Under normal situations she would be rude and abrasive with a ridiculous and impractical method of teaching. In many ways, she is the reason that I regret signing up for this course junior year, and not a day goes by that I look longingly at Mr. Nugent's room in hopes that he can rescue me. It's not often that you find yourself hoping for the company of a sometimes-explosive Navy veteran, because he is more peaceful than a middle aged Indian woman.
Still, her method of teaching SOMEHOW WORKS. I don't know how I'll do in her company, but statistics show that Churchill has 5.6x as many 5s on the AP exam than the national average. Former students swear by her effectiveness, and she has equal amounts of respect and fear in the Churchill student community.
She doesn't play by the rules, but she gets results. Boppana is a stereotypical police movie. She puts Marine basic training to shame. I hope to Moses that Nugent will take me in next semester, but I will live if I stay in Boppana.
But no teacher is without flaws. Boppanas flaws are more obvious. She is extremely unforgiving to those who slip up, she brings students to tears regularly, and she is not entirely human. Let the record of this young reviewer state that Boppana may be a lizard in disguise, without empathy, forgiveness, or any sense of the term "positive reinforcement".
To those like me who now close the day with Boppana and her torture chamber, I wish you all Godspeed, and hopefully we may persevere. Flag Rating
Feb 28, 2014 Yes no maybe? Flag Rating
Jan 31, 2013 She is honestly the best teacher I've ever had. The class is A LOT of work, but she's available at 5:45 AM EVERY DAY. The only teacher crazy enough to do that haha. She isolates your weaknesses and pushes you to better them. Flag Rating
Sep 06, 2012 SHe's a tough teacher, but she's a very good teacher and can teach you a lot of things not only about chem. Study skills, life skills, she teaches you how to discipline yourself. Flag Rating
Sep 05, 2012 She is pretty difficult but a great teacher and helps you understand. She even has a few jokes making the class more fun than any other science class. Flag Rating
Jun 16, 2012 AP chem was a great class. Learnt so much but late night studying was about everynight Flag Rating
Oct 04, 2011 She really squeezes other subjects study time,most of your time will spent on "Chemistry",even though you sleep on 2:00am everyday,it is still not enough. Flag Rating
Sep 26, 2011 Mrs. Boppana's class made me cry more than any other class ever has and probably more than any other class every will. That being said, all of my friends in college are now jealous that I haven't taken notes in weeks and don't study at all and everything just comes so easy to me because of how great of a teacher she was. While you might hate her cl Flag Rating
Sep 12, 2011 Tough tough AP class, but in the end it's all worth it. You may hate all the work, but afterwards it's all worth it. You end the class with a 5 and a great relationship with her. After the AP was straight chilling. Lots of good memories during the class too. As long as kids do what she says, no matter how crazy or harsh it is, do it. And you'll do Flag Rating
Dec 07, 2010 Her methods are unorthodox and often unnecessary, but at the end of the day she knows her stuff and is just a bit eccentric. Not worth having for honors chemistry, but will get you the grade in AP Flag Rating
Nov 20, 2010 terrifying, but very knowledgeable about the material, and knows how to make students understand. A lot of pressure, though.... Flag Rating
Aug 31, 2010 Boppana is really an excellent teacher. If you take her class, especially AP Chem, you MUST be willing to work hard and devote a lot of time to the class. She can seem very intimidating or scary at first, but if you do your work, participate in class, and get to know her, you WILL find that she is very accessible, helpful, and knows so much. Flag Rating
Aug 03, 2009 I have never met anyone who pushed me as hard as Ms Boppana. It's tough to get a good grade in her class and she makes u work.. HARD. but in the end it is sooo worth it. She's not a mean person she just wants her students to learn for the sake of learning and not just getting the high numbers. Appreciate her she's awesome!! Flag Rating
Feb 28, 2009 xD I've only had her for this 2nd semester! She really freaks me out, but I love her. D: She's a really good teacher, and I'm learning a lot! ... But then again I had RUSS 1st semester... so I was learning nothing really. Dx LOL; Flag Rating
Feb 06, 2009 She is so mean!!! I am a really nice person and she is so mean to me. Flag Rating
Oct 22, 2008 Destraction... Distruction... D!! Just study and you'll be OK. The class is very entertaining. Flag Rating
May 28, 2008 Ms. Boppana is absolutely the most incredible teacher I have ever had here at Churchill. She pushes us as students to do our best. She has made my work ethics excelent. I am so happy to have had her. Flag Rating
Feb 20, 2008 Best teacher I ever had. Must have her as a freshmen. Flag Rating
Sep 02, 2007 The most amazing teacher ever. Just be sure to be ready for EVERYTHING, because you can get on her bad list very easily. I was scared of her at first, and now she is my favorite teacher. Flag Rating
Apr 12, 2007 she's the best teacher to have had and the worst teacher to have. but if you don't care about your grade she's so funny. no light at the end of the tunnel! Flag Rating
Jan 12, 2007 my teacher was out for a month and boppanna sub. we learned more from her in 1 month than our teacher in 1 semester. our class is usually rowdy, but when boppanna came we were silent, all trying to grasp the concept. all the smart kids we're asking questions they have saved up for months, which our teacer couldnt answer Flag Rating
Nov 14, 2006 she shows NO EMOTION Flag Rating