Average 3.16 based on 93 teacher ratings
John O'Malley is a History teacher at Townsend Harris High School located in Flushing, New York and part of New York City Geographic District #25. John O'Malley's 93 teacher ratings contributes to Townsend Harris High School's ranking of 796 in New York. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Townsend Harris High School is 4.24 stars.
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he is the worse teacher i ever had, he chooses favorites, does not teach, belittles students and encourages kiss ups. the only way to pass the test is to study the textbook, his test arent that hard if you study, but you will not learn anything in the class. if you get him file a complaint

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Mr. O'Malley is a hopeless teacher. He is very easy, but his tests are brutally hard. He doesn't teach and spends most of class going off topic about his family or some other thing. He may be knowledgeable, but he never uses his knowledge to teach the students. Also, he doesn't even write the tests! He just takes it from some other place! So, I would say that he is nice and all, but if you actually want to learn something, you are going to have to study A LOT on your own to pass the final exams.

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By far the worst teacher I've ever had. His tests would probably be easy if he actually taught us the material, but he doesn't. Honestly, he should stop teaching because he cannot teach. He has a bad temper and is not productive with class time to say the least. If you get him, the only way to do something would be to file a collective complaint, involving many parents too. As that's highly unlikely, here's how to survive-memorize/understand every line of the textbook+kiss up to him. Good luck

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O'Malley is a man who has so much knowledge about everything but teaching. He knows a great amount and is an amazing person if you get to know him, however it does not change the fact that he does not teach. His powerpoints were never helpful and he never said anything in class that was worth taking notes. If you have him, your best chance of doing well is reading the textbook and using other study aids.

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O'Malley does have quite a lot of knowledge when it comes to world history, but ultimately cannot teach. He argues with students rather often, jumps from topic to topic that have no relation, and honestly loses his temper too quickly. He forces you to teach yourself and complains often about the fact that no one is participating when this is due to the fact that he hasn't taught anything on the topic. If you have him, good luck.

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He is a very nice teacher, but I have learned almost nothing from him for a whole year. I do not know what to do on the APW test if I had him for both years. He goes off topic everyday, and does not know how to budget his time. If you want to pass his tests (which are not even his own questions, yet he criticizes the ones he takes and puts on the tests), you will have to read the textbook and study by yourself. That is the only way people get good grades on his test.

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His class is fun at first few weeks, but then you realize he doesn't teach.
He does teach occasionally, but that's it. You have to self-studying everything from the textbook.
And the textbook, to be honest, doesn't help much...

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I had to study by myself he doesn't teach right.

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Had him for AP US History. I'll be frank- he knows nothing, nor does he care. He's a terrible teacher and will go off topic most of the time. However, due to his laziness, he's very lenient with due dates and his tests are copied and pasted from the textbook's review site. So as long as you study the textbook and look at the questions before hand, you will be adequately (somewhat) prepared for his tests.

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He teaches you nothing and forces you to learn things he never taught but was supposed to yourself.

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Had him for law this man is great

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Mr. Omalley is a great teacher who is very passionate about what he teaches. He is very helpful when explaining or clarifying ideas and is always willing to offer us more details and background of the topic.

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With hectic junior year, Mr. O'Malley is so lenient with due dates and always offers extra credit to those who ask for it. Probably one of the funniest classes I've had at THHS.

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Mr. O'Malley is one of the most knowledgeable teachers at Townsend Harris. His knowledge of both World History and U.S. History is vast. Yes, the class goes off topic very easily however every off topic conversation is always tied into history.

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It's quite obvious that Mr. O'Malley is a very knowledgeable, kindhearted, funny and caring man, but what is more obvious is that he doesn't put too much into his teaching. Though there's still a lot to desire, I enjoyed being in his class.

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Absolutely a pathetic teacher, he doesn't ever take responsibility and pushes the blame on other people. He's too lazy to make his own tests and assignments (takes it from other teachers), yet thinks that students to put in more effort, whenhe should

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"There are bad teachers roaming the schools of Amerca." Mr.O'malley have litlle to offer in Townsend.What a shame........

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Mr. O'Malley is probably the smartest teacher in Townsend, too bad the stuff he teaches in class is completely irrelevant to his tests, even if you take really good notes. To pass his class, first complete all his homework, READ THE TEXTBOOK, and start studying at least a week before the test. Memorize every little detail in the textbook and you will get 100.

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You can tell he's very smart. But he doesn't put it into his teaching. He's funny and all, but he expects you to memorize the textbook and do everything on your own.

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I've had him for more than 2 years now. He's not really the best teacher, you pretty much have to teach yourself. He knows everything about everything and is extremely knowledgeable. I think he's a great person and probably t

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He is hilarious and I loved his class. I know he seems kind of unorganized and unable to teach, but you just need to ask the right questions. He goes off topic sometimes, but overall, I really enjoyed his class.

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Funny, but difficult to understand. The guy is brilliant and very knowledgeable, but has trouble passing on this knowledge to students. Tests were usually pretty rough. Would recommend only for entertainment value

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Has a great amount of knowledge, unfortunately he does not apply the knowledge he has to teaching his students. He discusses matters that are unrelated to the subject and he chooses favorites. I am pretty sure he randomly pic

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Cool, Smart, Chill, Looks out for his students but doesn't teach a lot which doesn't really say much because with the exception of hackney and sherman no ap world teacher teaches

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EVERYONE WHO HAS O'MALLEY PROBABLY DID REALLY BAD ON THE FINAL, AND WILL DO REALLY BAD ON THE AP WORLD TEST.

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He is hysterical and knows a lot about everything. Very smart. If you want to pass his class, make sure he likes you. Joke around and stuff. Never a dull moment!

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HE CANNOT TEACH!

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he cant teach, period.

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destroyed my confidence in history. did so well 1st term cuz i had sherman; then when i got him, i got a 2 on APW exam. i got 90's and 100's on the tests but a 2 on AP exam. thanks a lot omalley. hate this guy! :/

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Mr. O'Malley is hilarious! I miss being in his class, even though his teaching makes the work tough. He is truly funny. Talk to him about anything!!

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HE IS AN ENCYCLOPEDIA! but dosen't know how to teacher! STUDY ON YOUR OWN! Nice and very popular person though

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he's not an amazing teacher but his classes are SO much fun and i always look forward to 7th period!

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this man is a walking encyclopedia. as far as being his ap world student, i didn't learn ANYTHING.

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mr. omalley has cool class discussions but his notes are HORRIBLE. he does not really pay attention to a student unless it's one of his many favorites, and he has to learn how to teach correctly.

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if u get him in the fall... u better wish u get him in the spring or else u'll fail shermans or levi's classes. not the best teacher but he doesnt bombard his students w/work like OTHER teachers...

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mr o malley is the smartest person ever i had him second term fresh year.....yea he goes off on a lot of tangents but thats what makes his class AWESEOME "theidle mind is the playground of the devil!"

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so smart but....WE NEED NOtES!!! I mean, unless you know how to outline the AP world textbook and remember all the details... Overall, great (i mean fun) class discussions (sometimes off topic).

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Mr. O'Malley is extremely cultured and intelligent, but he is all over the place as a teacher. He knows so much that he tries to tell you everything, and refrains from the more important information.

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I believe he is a great teacher and an extremely knowledgeable man! I enjoy his class. Everyone complains about his tests, but if you study from the textbook, do your homework well and listen in class you will be fine.

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very intelligent man but he gave me a grade i dont think i deserved

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he might be the best person you'll ever know, but at the same time, the worst teacher.

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Kiss his butt, thats how u get a good grade. he CANT take criticism..he's very disorganized. has a lot of mood swings, and gives a lot of referrals for nothing. he can be funny, though.

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This teacher's great. <3 Very knowledgeable, although he goes off on tangents. I had him for AP World a year ago; the tests are difficult... but do well on his projects and you'll be fine.

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ahh.. what can be said about him? the man is a GENIUS, but he is a horrible teacher. he's really funny and he always says my name in the hallways.. it's kind of funny. STUDY. i didn't learn NEthing!!!

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He's extremely smart and cultured, however, doesnt seem to be capable of transfering his knowledge. study on your own... a lot.

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study study study study study! this is what my mentor told me when i told him i have mr. o'malley and it is SO TRUE. he doesnt teach anything and then the next day, bam! POP QUIZ

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he seems to be a funny teacher...hope i get a lot oout of him

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awesome guy, bad teacher. hes really nice and friendly, you should really be open with him and joke around. he`ll never forget you if you do. hilarious!

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Best teacher ever. he's a genius

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Best person I've ever met! Love of my life!

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Hes one of those rare teahcers who try to remember your name from day one and teach you how to be more social.

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Mr O'Malley is a Genius

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Mr. O'Malley is awesome as a person but anything but as a teacher. He's incredibly smart but he doesn't know how to transfer that knowledge to us.

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Mr.O'Malley is one of my favorite people ever. Sure, you don't learn much in his class, but thats what the textbooks there for! What a character. One of the funnitest people i know

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awesome, funny guy but im still not sure what were learning

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diz guy is soo cool he needa give more notes

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Mr Omalley is SO FUNNY. and he is incredibly smart, but he goes off on A LOT of tangents. His tests are hard but just remember...read the textbook! He should be on jeopardy

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Funny guy.. just cant teach!! And the tests are random!!

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NO ONE COMPRENDE anythig he says. He goes off on 100 tangents and is very unnoying. Grades tests, hw right in class. Very unfair, hard tests. Did i mention BORING!!

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Very smart person, however, he goes too fast and NO ONE in my class can comprehend exactly what the subject is. And his tests are way hard. But hes funny

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Hes really nice and cool but his teaching iz kinda unclear and his tests are a smack to reality. other than that, hes awesome

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im a freshmen nd da skoo yr just started, so far i think hes a HILARIOUS guy(in wut he does nd sez)but hes not clear wen hes assigning hw. i did da same hw 2x

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He's a great and funny guy. He speaks a little too fast though.

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his class is so fun. i didnt learn much tho. i mean hes such a smart man. but he doesnt share his knowledge all that well. hes really cool tho.

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Not a great teacher. His class is easy, and he may know everything. Teaches when he wants, otherwise, it is 50 minutes of stand-up comedy.

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Mr.O'Malley's the man...he knows EVERYTHING! sometimes it gets me wondering "is that a good thing?"

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i've had mr o'malley for two terms already..and he's a cool guy...he's a fun person...but you hardly learn anything from his class...it's all up to you..

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Corny but kewl. He does everything in away that you'll be interested, but he goes off on tangents that will annoy you. The tests he gives are kind of hard.

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Enjoyable, thats all

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oh grr. he took all "5" "grammar and punctuation" points off my collateral for one little mistake, because "why not?" but his class was pretty "fun."

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very knowledgable and funny. good notes one day, bad notes next. loves the sound of his own voice, must do hws to do good on tests. still, a really good person.

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hey mr. O, ur one of the best teachers i ever had. i wish all the teachers were like u. u make law fun. p.s. could u stop putting my food and sodas in the draw!

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he tries hard to get the students interested..he favors students but he never hates any..hes really cool

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he knows everything, and thats that

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funny in a weird and unusual way.. teaching could be improved! TOO MANY HANDOUTS! but class is enjoyable

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mr. o' malley's a cool guy. he's a little corny with his jokes, but he never really yelled at anyone, nor did he ever punish anyone. his work is easy too.

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Very funny, very smart, very bad teacher..but who knows latin, arabic, persian, chinese, korean, english, and who knows wut else?

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Really funny guy!

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He's cool in a corny way,he makes class enjoyable. he always cared about how i was doing and not only about my grades. And riding the 88 with him was a blast.

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Holy crow! He's cool in a corny way, but most importantly, he makes class enjoyable.

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He's really silly but still manages to teach (a little). He says the weirdest things, though like: Where is this polygamist compound that I can write to them

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He's the best

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