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Justin Valassidis Edit

Based on 43 Ratings
English Teacher at La Canada High School
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Dec 11, 2013 Mr. V and his class have been two of the greatest experiences in my life. I truly thank him for all that he has done for me. He is a great great great great GREAT teacher and friend. People complain about how hard his class is and how mean he is but he is an amazing person. The secrets to his class are to work hard, keep improving, talk in class, and be open minded. Flag Rating

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Jun 11, 2012 Mr. V is a great guy and he has taught me so much. Yeah, people will say he's too hard and mean and arrogant, but a lot of times it's because they're not willing to put in the extra work. I love JV! Flag Rating

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May 02, 2012 Ok yeah he's smart and your English does improve, BUT he can be a bit mean. He's just harsh, loosen up? Flag Rating

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Mar 05, 2012 I love V. If you want to improve as a writer, he is willing to help you, but only if you put in the time. He is very smart, but a tad self-conscious. I will never forget him. Flag Rating

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Aug 29, 2011 Mr. V is a very hard teacher. He is probably the smartest teacher on campus but he does have his downfalls. Although he is a very good writer, he doesn't really teach his students HOW to write. All he does is gives us in-class essays... basically trial and error. he also plays favorites with grading essays and projects. but he is a great teacher and definitely an experience to have if you go to LCHS. Flag Rating

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Aug 18, 2011 Mr V is by far and away one of the most intelligent people I know. For his AP class, it's almost impossible to receive an A first semester, but a handful of students manage in his honors class. It may be a lot of work, but trust me, do not switch out of his class. You are much more prepared for future english classes with experience in his class. Although he is very intimidating at first, the key is to volunteer and to ask for help. His favorite students are the ones that challenge themselves. Flag Rating

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Jun 28, 2011 This is the best class I have ever taken. All you need to do is work hard/care and you will do well in his class. He pretty much taught me to write and sincerely cares about his students. Flag Rating

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Jun 23, 2011 It's a good class if you're willing to learn. V taught us so much, not only English, but life lessons as well. He's a great teacher and person to get to know! Must take his class before you graduate! Flag Rating

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Jun 22, 2011 Mr. V. is truly amazing! He has made me a great writer and I am so grateful for that. He is always there to talk to, as a teacher and as a friend. Flag Rating

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Jun 08, 2011 Best English teacher I've ever had. I'm not degrading the other English teachers, but I'm just saying he's that great. My English has improved a ton. Flag Rating

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May 19, 2011 V is an amazing teacher! I've had him for two years (9th grade and 11th grade) and I've learned more than I ever thought I could. He inspired me to not only love English but also appreciate learning. Flag Rating

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Mar 16, 2011 V is the most complex person I have ever met. He has a casual, almost joking side, but can also dominate a class with ease. He is an expert on everything, but that could just be his debating skills. Intimidating at first, but once you get past that, you will see he is one of the nicest teachers at LC. He is always there for you, before school, after school, during school, whenever you need him. What he teaches goes so much farther than what he is paid for. He doesnt just teach English. He changes lives. but Flag Rating

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Mar 16, 2011 Absolutely the most influential and moving teacher i have ever had. His lessons captivate you on your most exhausting days. Even though he may seem a little (jk, a lot) intimidating at first,you will grow to love him and his class. He has allowed me to explore the world of literature with a whole new perspective. Dedication to the class is a requirement. If you don't have the time for V, don't even bother being in his class! Flag Rating

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Mar 16, 2011 Inspirational and impelling! Not only have my English skills soared, but he has also expanded my views on everything. He has taught me how to write, analyze, argue, and articulate my points beyond doubt. If you can dedicate the time, you take away so much more than what you can even envision. Flag Rating

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Nov 18, 2010 Either you love V or you hate him. He shows how much he likes you by arguing with you because he respects your opinion. It's V's way or the highway, but he forces you to start caring, which is good. Flag Rating

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Sep 18, 2010 Amazing teacher, but is a very challenging class. After his class, my english grade in star increased so much and was higher than my math for the first time. Very helpful, very engaging, knows what he is talking about. However, he is a bit intimidating./ Flag Rating

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Apr 22, 2010 Mr. V is a phenomenal English teacher. I've learned so much from him throughout the course of this year. Although he may pick you out and rip you apart at times, you come out more enlightened and brighter. He helps you realize things that you might never have caught and truly elaborates on the topic to make positive that you fully grasp it. By far, the greatest teacher I have ever had. I've never learned so much about English, life, and myself in all my years as a student. Thank you Mr. V!!!! Flag Rating

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Apr 20, 2010 This man is a revolutionary english teacher who, without a doubt, goes beyond the requirements of the classroom. Flag Rating

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Jun 14, 2009 Mr. V is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He doesn't do any of the stupid busywork that other teachers do (for example statues). He is very flexible and willing to work with you if you are having a problem. He's so nice so don't be intimidated by him at first! He's young so he's easy to relate to, which is nice. Love you Mr. V! Flag Rating

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May 30, 2009 The man is hard especially in first semester, but you are well prepared for the essay once the AP exam comes up. He's always in his classroom for help although he didn't go to him much. Also note that his class is really interesting. There are days that I sleep at 3 or 4 AM and while I'm struggling to stay awake in other classes, I'm wide awake in his class (and it's not because he'll wake you up !) Flag Rating

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Apr 23, 2009 He is a great teacher. Although he might be one of the hardest english teachers, i still look forward to his class each day. I used to be afraid of doing an essay a month, but now thanks to Mr. V, I am used to writing essays, they are better, and I even look forward to them some times. Great job Mr. V, you're a great teacher. Keep it up! Flag Rating

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Nov 17, 2008 He is most definitely the best English teacher i have ever had. although we write a lot of essays, it has improved my writing and made me more confident. YAY MR. V!!!!!!!!!!! he makes junior year a whole lot more tolerable and i look forward to his class everyday :-) Flag Rating

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Jul 23, 2008 justin valassidis is the most reasonable and incredible teacher I'VE EVER had in my whole learning career. i am so glad he came when i was a jr. he made me thrive to work my hardest. it's not an easy class, but it's one i looked forward to every day. i hope to find a professor like him in college. he's definitely and unforgettable teacher. love you v! yaso! or however you spell it in greek. haha :) expect another christmas present even tho i've graduated! Flag Rating

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Jun 20, 2008 Wow! If you have Mr. V, consider yourself lucky. He's an inspiration to writers and non-writers alike. His approach is unique and wonderfully improvised. I'm so sorry not to have him next year. Don't be intimidated by him! He can be very understanding and fun. Flag Rating

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Jun 22, 2007 Mr. V is a GREAT teacher. A few years ago, Mr. V had inspirated my son to work hard and achieve to his full potential. Thanks to Mr. V, my son is going to Caltech this fall. Flag Rating