Average 3.99 based on 58 teacher ratings
Mary Ulrey is a retired Music teacher at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology located in Alexandria, Virginia. When comparing Mary Ulrey's ratings to other teachers in the state of Virginia, Mary Ulrey's ratings are below the average of 4.36 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is 4.03 stars.
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I had Mrs. Ulrey for two years before she retired. I was in jazz band for both those years. Never did TJMC. She didn't like me for much of the first year; I was really bad at sightreading, fast rhythms, etc. but her teaching did my playing a world of good and she really liked me as a sophomore.

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She actually has retired this year (end of 09/10 school year). Rather sad because she really was the person behind everything in the band program. She also knew everybody in the music industry. Finally, it was during her tenure as director that the Low Reeds / Low Brass tradition of drop trou was allowed. Might not be the best player, or conductor, but she knows what she is talking about.

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Although she may not be wildly popular, Ms. Ulrey undoubtedly cares deeply for the band program, and is, in my opinion, the reason that we are able to remain competitive even with a >90% freshman attrition rate. She knows what needs to be done to form a successful ensemble, and expects those procedures to be followed.

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she's alright, a good influence for sure, but i'm not really a huge fan of her class. back in middle school, we just had one playing test at the beginning of the year, not one per quarter with a video camera to help with nerves...

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She's so boring and our band is so bad. We're playing music the same level as the music I played in band in middle school. People in my class only pay attention because she grades for participation, She totally has favorites especially those people who were in marching band.

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not the best director in the world. she gives the upperclassmen seniority and never really lets us improve by giving us all the rhythyms instead of letting us figure it out at home. worst director out of all the directors ive met

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She was my director at FHS from '86-'90. Not only was she one of the biggest influences in school, but in my life. She demands a lot of her students. If you work hard, you will get better. If you don't, she'll call you on it (which is probably why some people haven't liked her here). She made me into a better, more responsible person and I am eternally grateful. God bless you Ms. Ulrey.

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I had Ms. Ulrey at FHS from 92-96. As an adult now I can say I learned a lot from her and loved all my time in band and colorguard with her. As a student I thought she was super strict and that she did have her favorites but now I realized they weren't favorites, just the students who actually showed they wanted to learn and be there. Thanks for everything Ms. Ulrey!!

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Not the best band director in the world, and if she doesn't like you, you're doomed. As in D+ doomed. In band. No joke. But it's actually a fun class if she's in a good mood that day. She has a pretty good sense of humor too.

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She told us a story once in band: Her music teacher from a long time ago was annoyed with the sound. He went to a piano and hit it and said, "That was what you sounded like." Then Ms. Ulrey said, "*Sigh* I guess you teach the way you were taught." She's tough, but she's willing to work with you if you're willing to work with her.

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Yes she plays favorites. She loves students who work hard, don't make excuses, and strive for excellence. What else do you want in a teacher? She expects students to reach their potential. Thanks Mary

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I'm sorry..she's nice but she's really a horrible teacher. Half the time she's not even in the room.

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She isnt a very good teacher and her tests are pointless. If you are really into marches you'll enjoy her because thats all she makes us play. If you practice even a teeny bit you'll do fine though.

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She has no organization or memory. Her analogies never make sense, she's not good at clarinet, and she never listens to real excuses, but somehow our bands have been improving a lot since she came.

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many absences, not much progess music-wise due too making us sightread literally 15 peices simultaneousy, disorganized, burned out teacher? i

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Plays favorites too much. Was absent a lot 05/06, but improved last year. Can be disorganized at times, but very devoted to the program.

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I didn't like her freshman year, but I think she's the kind of teacher that grows on you. Now, at the end of junior year, I think she's amazing. Love her choice of music and the fact that she values students' opinion when chosing music (for marching and curricular.)

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she's very dedicated to band.. half my 8th pds spent for band.. can't even do other clubs in fear of getting a lower grade. just loves faves.. shouldn't make it so obvious.

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Needs to get organize & not pick faves

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Pretty darn awesome.

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she's really dedicated to what she does, and she knows what she's doing. most of the complaints about her are "i'm not getting any better" or "she's never actually here" but really, how can you expect to get better if you don't practice? as far as "not being here," she was often sick her first year here, and now it's a stereotype--she's in school most of the time. 99% of the "wasted time" we have is because few people will do ANY work during sectional time.

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i've gotten worse since i left middle school. we need to get music earlier than the week before the concert if we want to perform well. frustrating to be held back by a poor teacher

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(97-01 FHS)-Students at TJ have no idea what a quality band director she is. You complain, but we managed to beat your butts every year in districts with her. She's difficult no one argues that, but she can make you into the best musician you can be.

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Really plays on favoritism. Deserves no respect.

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She's there about 50% of the time. there as in, in school. the other 20%, she's there, but she's busy with paperwork. The last 30% is, warmup, tuning, talking, individual playing

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Ms. Ulrey is quite awesome... I made it in to SWE as a freshman, so I don't know how she treats the lower bands, but to all those who say she plays favorites - I haven't seen anyone without an A. Undoubtedly there are a few, but not too many. Easy, fun.

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Fairfax HS 97-01. Mrs. Ulrey was the best teacher I've ever had and I was saddened to hear her leaving for another school, in time TJHSST will see her value.

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could she be worse? the answer is no.

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grades are based on favoritism. generally she doesnt like you if you are not in TJMC. our bands are bad because she is never there.

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Had her for jazz band..She will help you get through it if you're a n00b, but she expects a lot out of you if you're a better player. A good teacher overall.

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yea...favoritism...

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I personally think she's too easy on students not trying (at least in my band level). She should use practice reports. She also plays major favorites.

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the WORST, most INCOMPETENT band director i have ever had

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Why is she always absent? Our bands are not living up to their potential. Still, it's a really easy class

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Definitely treats the lower bands in an unprofessional manner; SWE gets a pretty good deal though.

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worst band teacher i have ever had

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Ms Ulrey was nice to me before the school year, and then all of a sudden she disliked me when the year started.A favoritist and generally discouraging.

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Best teacher I've ever had - hand's down.

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She's nice, and has a great way of directing the band. I really like her as a teacher.

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Sort of strict and a favoritist but she's nice to you if you are polite to her and she gets a good sound out of the band. ButTJMC was hard this year fornoreason

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Grades based on how much she likes you. She wont like you if you don't devote your life to band. Makes bad decisions. class is boring and needlessly strict.

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band class is pointless, she spends the whole time tuning us, and the rest not in the room. TJMC rocks though!!!! yay for the 2003 season!!

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blatantly grades based on how much she likes you.

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she really does care about her students

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Very cool, but sometimes gets waaaaay distracted and class endsup being 20 min l

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Coolest band director ever

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much better then simon at curr. band, kinda harsh in tjmc, we actually r graded&

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Band rocks to begin with. Ms. Ulrey only makes it better!

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let's hear it for the new music trio; Branham Bailey and Ulrey rock!

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She's never actually in the room during class! Good with TJMC.

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50 million times better than Mr. Simon

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She has made me love band

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I also want her to be my mommy

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I want her to be my mommy

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