Average 3.65 based on 39 teacher ratings
John Ryland is a Languages teacher at Lowell High School located in San Francisco, California and part of San Francisco resident. John Ryland's 39 teacher ratings contributes to Lowell High School's ranking of 1,339 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Lowell High School is 3.95 stars.
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Moot since I was in his class 10+ years ago + he retired (?!), but for the record, this guy is/was one funny dinosaur. He knew high school Spanish is not a particularly emphasized class for a bunch of neurotic Asian future-nerds and had his fun with it, e.g. I would give sleazy oral presentations on what I thought of various Latin American beauty queens, with pics, and he'd argue with me in Spanish if he disagreed. Kind of out of place at an uptight place like Lowell, in a good way.

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The best thing this teacher did was to retire but screwed the school/students by retiring in the MIDDLE of the school semester leaving everyone in the lurks. Now the SFUSD pays an outrageous pension to him. He didn't deserve to be a teacher.

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Tests are really hard, a B on a test is super good already. Grading is pretty unknown, but B on test, and if he likes you, it's an A for class. Generally not hard to get B, but super hard A.

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You just do work, then go over it in class. He doesnt teach or explain and you cant ask questions.

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Tests are hard, but study and it's fine. It's kind of sad though because some kids get like 3/42. He really emphasizes grammar and colloquial Spanish (modismos and whatnot) so the stuff you learn is useful. Daily homework, but you can do 1/2 in class.

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He is Hella hard!!! I hav a c in his class! But he's a nice guy n teaches a lot. Tests are hard n tricky!! I'm in Spanish 2 but for some reason were not having a final that's akward..so study ur butts out or fail :)

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If spanish 4 isn't a complete and total breeze for you, DO NOT take 5H with Ryland. Incredibly difficult. Also, he plays favorites like no other. And he's completely open about it. Avoid if you're not looking for a gpa sinker.

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I had him him 5h 6h back in 08 09. seriously that class was hard, your test was only test grades, a C was an A in his class, but I'm now taking spanish in college and that class is so chilled because i learned so much in ryland. yes even though he's hard, in the long run you def learn ALOT.!

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I loved Mr. Ryland... just wished i could've gotten an A in his class.. you learn a ton and you may get a B or a C even if you study hard. Take him if you're interested in taking spanish to the next level

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very. hard. TESTS ARE RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!! no culture though, which is nice..

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Really good teacher, but hard. Try to speak as much Spanish to him as possible. Listen and pay attention to what he says if you don't have access to Spanish speakers at home. Study hard, and you'll get an A, but it's easier said than done. I have him for 5H, and I've learned a lot. Funny too.

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EL MEJOR PROFESOR DE ESPANOL EN LOWELL ;) he might b leaving after this next fall semester tho =( he's kinda picky about grammar and we definitely need more speaking practice in class, but other than that, u learn a lot w/o much hw

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NOT THE EASIEST BUT GOOD TEACHER

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he sometimes goes off about history or geography but if you pay attention to him in class, you'll do fine. tests are kind of tricky. never collects worksheets but collects book work. goes over all the homework in class the next day. if you dont do so well in his class, he gets you an optional tutor

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Spanish 5H, sarcastic, plays favorites, tests are extremely hard, but he curves by a letter grade, despite that though, he is extremely hard and favors native speakers People are failing his class, and he doesnt even offer to help them I'm pretty sure 3/4 of the class has a C or lower not recomended

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If you already speak spanish he might either love you or hate you, either way you really need to study the book and pay attention in class, if you don't you'll fail and he wont care too much. I get B's in his class w/ his huge curves !

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Just ask ANY of the kids, notoriety for discrimination against the male gender students. Sarcastic and demeaning on the phone, doesn't offer to help failing students at free mods/after school.

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Mr. Ryland, the coolest teacher i've had in my 2 years of spanish. He's a really nice teacher, he gives hw everyday but its stuff from the book so its easy. He actually can teach pretty well and he tells you his life stories along the way. The tests are okay but confusing at times but he's a really nice teacher, DEFINETELY TAKE HIM! might be hard hard though if your coming from Lipman's class.

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Mr. Ryland is a pretty awesome teacher. You can get an A if you study hard and apply yourself otherwise you get a B I guess. His tests/quizzes can be tricky so study for them. He also has these funny stories where he digresses and all that. You can learn a lot and if you need extra help don't hesitate to approach him. Great teacher!

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Mr. Ryland is the best Spanish teacher at Lowell. He's very nice. He knows his material so well. His quizzes are difficult but they are okay. Getting an A is not hard if you study. Definitely take him if you get the chance to. You'll learn a lot.

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he's cool. he's actually one of those rare funny teachers, and you learn a lot. if you cut his class, he hates your guts, but other than that, if you're nice to him, he's a great resource.

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he is a very good teacher but his quizzes that he calls very easy are not easy. you can learn a lot from him.

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he is so mean. he always embarasses people. he tries to be cool but isnt. she is so picky about accents. he always complains about everything to. He says that that the stuff he gives us is 4th grade work. yea right...

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MR RYLAND IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST SPANISH TEACHER AT LOWELL. If you pay attention in class, you learn a lot. I myself don't think his tests are particulary hard, just a bit tricky sometimes. He definitely favors old students, so it's extremely helpful to have him for more than one semester. He makes a lot of boyfriend/girlfriend jokes and tries to hard to be "cool", but he is definitely a great teacher.

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mr. ryland is a good spanish teacher. i had him for spanish as a freshman. i mostly slacked off, getting a C on the final, but still getting an A in his class. mr. ryland teaches spanish very well, he makes you think, just study hard and you'll do fine. you're in lowell, don't expect teachers to be easy on you, you lazy people.

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Mr. R. is alright. You just need to really study in his class. You learn alot from him, but his quiz is pretty hard sometimes.

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1st semester i got a B cuz i wasn't used to his class, but 2nd semester i easily got an A (with a C on final). basically, it helps to have him more than 1 semester, cuz a)he seems to slightly favor old students and b)previous test material reappears on future tests. also, he uses a different grammar book which is better, but confusing if ur new.

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He's alright. He is picky about accents. The homework is the right amount, time: less than one mod. The tests are normal. You just have to study.

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Lots of my friends drop his class when he's last choice during scheduling. They rather wait another semester and take someone else. Mean teachers shouldn't be teachers.

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u can learn a lot 4m him if u pay attention n do the HW. tries to be cool but fails miserably. nice guy in general. tries 2 embarass u though

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mr. ryland is pretty good teacher. i learned a lot from him and if you dont understand something just ask him. his tests are really easy if you do the homework.

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he's great at teaching, too. always teaching you extra stuff to make sure you understand the material. easy B. pay good attention and you'll get an A. :)

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he is hard to get an A in. He gets mad easily, kicks my desk at times, and humiliates his students. Bad accent as well.

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mr. ryland is ok. not too easy and not too hard. likes to be "hip" and socialize with kids. sumtimes overduz it and embarrrasses u...

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hes cool and everything, but his class was HARD

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gets angry when you can't pronounce words correctly, but is overall okay

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Outstanding knowledge of subject

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