Average 3.63 based on 76 teacher ratings
Patty Compeau is a retired Science teacher at La Cañada High School 9-12 located in La Canada, California. When comparing Patty Compeau's ratings to other teachers in the state of California, Patty Compeau's ratings are below the average of 4.24 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at La Cañada High School 9-12 is 3.98 stars.
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She's a nice person overall. Her teaching skill however.... could improve. She was always unclear on the concepts, and the quizzes were ridiculous. However effort got me an A in the class, and the station test aren't that bad as the quizzes thank goodness.

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I signed up for this class after taking AP Chemistry thinking that AP Biology would be the smart transitional course. I was wrong on ALL levels. Patricia Compeau has no ability whatsoever to teach any type of valuable material. She is a sassy, snappy, senile, senior citizen who needs to retire and let the students actually learn in peace. No one ever knows what to do and when to turn in unassigned assignments. Even a personal tutor won't help. Have a nice life, w/o this class.

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Do not take her class to all eight graders out there NO i got an A in Mr. constantinidis and trust me he seems like the best teacher ever compared to her i mean she is nice but cant teach i do not recommend taking honors biology she loses papers and blames you and gives tests on what she does not teach and she could not be any less clear DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE AND IT STRESSES YOU OUT BEYOND WHAT YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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While Ms. Compeau is often hard to understand, many dismiss her as incompetent. I'd like to say Ms. Compeau is definitely competent. She really knows her stuff. It is true she has lost some of the clarity and organization over the years, but she is definitely a competent teacher. Remember: This is Honors Biology (or AP). She's not going to baby step you throughout the year. She expects you to know more. I especially like how she expects a lot from you.

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Hands down my favorite teacher at LCHS. She is so passionate about biology and teaching. That being said, she's not exactly the bet teacher the school has to offer. If you love biology you'll love her

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Ms. Compeau REALLLY REALLLY needs to learn to make her grading system more reasonable and REALLY REALLY needs to learn on how to be clear and organized (like Mr. Weld).
Shes a nice person and everything but she needs to learn how to be a better teacher.

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Mrs. Compeau knows her stuff and she's very nice, but she isn't clear at all. It's hard to understand what's due and what to study. Her tests range from difficult to extremely easy depending on whether you knew what to study. HW is decent. She tries to be helpful, but she expects you to know alot about bio beforehand so it's hard to understand what she is trying to say.

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I don't know what all these other people are saying, but as long as you give a solid effort, you will get the grade you deserve. I received an "A"

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She knows her stuff but sometimes she can't communicate concepts to the class too well. She's not the most organized person and you never really know when things are due in her class. But she's always there to help and a very sweet person in general. a VERY interesting person.

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Ms. Compeau is one of the top 3 best science teachers I have ever had in my school career! :)

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My child's experience in Ms Compeau's class is similar to many of the other kids; but she loves Ms Compeau and her class anyway. Is it tough? absolutely..the tests are insanely difficult. Is she demanding and does she expect excellent work? Absolutely, but what is wrong with that?

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Her class is built to impress the parents. Lab conclusion are how you feel about the lab and what you learned. You have to write how you feel about a test and have your parents sign it. If you say you feel negativly on something or forget to put it in ALL your work, she 0's it. She has all the good labs opened to these pages on open house, and should a parent ask if the students like the class, they get one in thier face. If you meet a person who likes the class, they've been tricked. disaster!!

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Mrs. Compeau is the sweetest teacher ever, and she does her best to help students learn the information. The subject matter is just hard.

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Despite the popular consensus, I love Ms. Compeau's class. Even for AP Bio first thing in the morning, I look forward to her awesome (sometimes tangental) lectures and her interactive labs. It's true that her tests and quizzes are difficult, but all they really rely on is common sense. If you don't have any of that, there's no reason for you to be in her class, anyway.

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In Honors Bio, she talks for a LONG time.... when you get to doing labs she is usually pretty helpful. She has some fun parts to her class, but a lot or hard stuff!!!! just pay attention and keep up with the homework.

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easily the worst teacher i have ever had. explains nothing. unclear. tons of homework. hard and long tests. ugh she is baddddd.

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She is so great, but everyone gets F's on tests and whoever gets the highest F is curved to an A

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ap bio:she literally takes study guides for the chapters and copies them and hands them out as quizzes. her tests are impossible.she teaches as if it were a remedial class and that you should know everything. if you have time,read ahead chapters, otherwise you won't have any idea what she's talking about. she really wants all of her students to succeed. i turned in labs the night AFTER graduation that she accepted-which got me a passing grade.she is inconsistant in her assignment collections.

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Compeau is a really nice person but in all honesty she needs to retire. Her lectures are long and boring and you can't even read her handwriting. There is no classwork at all and her finals are IMPOSSIBLE. She knows her subject incredibly well but that doesn't mean she can teach it that well.

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i think compeau is a wonderful teacher. she is so knowledgeable and i love being in her class. i feel like i have learned more in her class than any other class i have been in. but, watch out for her tests, they are impossible!!!!

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Let me first say that Ms. Compeau is one of the nicest people I have ever met. She cares about all students and wants them to succeed. She is extremely passionate about her subject and is a fountain of knowledge. But her teaching can leave some to be desired. Much time is used in labs and videos that are interesting, but have little relation to the curriculum. I dont mind hard tests, but many of her tests are mostly logic and not fair to those of us who study. Great person, fair teaching.

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She's really tough, but only because I think she LOVES her subject, which is what I love about her. What i don't like is that it takes her weeks to grade our tests.

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really knows her stuff but she's tough. you should really read the book and do the homework b ecause she doesn't really teach you the material. she expects you to know it from the reading. she's acrtually reallly nice and you'll learn tons.

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She knows her stuff, but doesn't know how to teach it.

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You will learn mountains in her classes, but success requires work. Her tests are difficult to study for, but the curve will soon be your best friend. Just pace yourself and do a nice job on her projects. There is hope!

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horrible teacher. shes nice but she thinks shes an alligator. shes disturbing, bad, and annoying. she doesnt know how to teach anyone at all. she has to take it slower. even for honors bio shes goes to fast. shes unorganized and needs to tell you before the day something is due that it is due. and her tests are super hard.

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She is probably the best bio teacher in the school, and a great person. She cares about all the stdents and wants all oof us to succeed. Her tests are very hard but she curves them. Her class will probably one of the hardest you get that year, but if you try hard, do all the homework, and study at least some for tests, you will get an A. She is sometimes a bit unclear about what you have to do on some assignments, but just ask her for clarification and she gladly explains it to you.

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I love this lady, but her AP Bio class was near-impossible and stressful. She knows her subject but doesn't convey it well through her lectures. Also, the pace of the class is very sporadic. However she is very approachable and will help you out. The textbook is very dull and heavy to carry around. Go on the Yosemite Trips with her!! One of the best experiences a student can have at LCHS.

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She's nice but not very organized, and she doesn't tell you before she wants you to turn something in.

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Shes so nice and really cares about her students, but she isnt a good time-planner and her tests are IMPOSSIBLE. Don't lose the chance to correct tests, because it's VITAL. (also, her lectures are ok)

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She's so nice and passionate about biology, but she should get a little more organized. Her teaching could improve. She needs to clarify anything complicated.

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Cant teach. At all. She is not organinzed and what is on her tests arnt in anything she says. DONT throw anything out. And get a new teacher.

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she teaches well enough, but none of it is on her tests!! it is SO frustrating!! also, she grades COMPLETELY randomly, she doesn't tell you what she wants before you turn stuff in

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She's awesome. She surfs too!

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Mrs. Compeau You're amazing

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Intelligent teacher, knows her stuff. do you work and you should be fine.

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Compeau is a great teacher. If you don't get something, she offers her number or any time she's free to give you one on one coaching, which is excellent. She is dedicated to what she does, and she's a wonderful person.

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Compeau isn't a great Chem teacher because she basically teaches remedial chem, and she definitely teaches down to the subject. The stuff on her tests is what she TEACHES. Listen,

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she is so outrageously funny!!!! i was talking with my friend about a movie, and she walks over to us and goes, 'oh yeah, i saw that one! you know i found it very funny', etc. she isn't a very helpful teacher, but she is soooo funny!

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Mrs Compeau is the WORST teacher ever and she has the strangest grading policy. She doesnt explain anything clearly, and puts random stuff on her tests. DONT TAKE HER CLASS

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hard but great nice nice very nice but hard A at least AP

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Mrs. Compeau is wonderfully caring. She doesn't judge you at all as most teachers do, and she genuwinely is interested in her students & wants to make sure to see us suceed

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She is one of the most caring teachers at LC- you can call her at her home phone! I love her but sometimes her class is a little boring, plus her grading can be random and unclear.

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best teacher ever, she is very nice and understanding. She does have some trouble with the turnaround times on tests and hands work back late, very nice, take her!!!!!

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VEERY nice lady but a bad!!!!!! teacher. She is one of the nicest ladies at LC but one of the most vauge and hardest teachers in all of La Canada. Bio is fun

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Ms. Compeau is one of the best teachers in the La Canada School District. She is always available to help, before or after class. Her assignments are clear.

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nice but her tests are from another book and she doesnt really connect with kids in a way that helps them... she knows her stuff but isnt great at teaching it

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Ms;. Compeau is an excellent teacher.

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Always very sweet to all her students...and pretty lax on turning in assignments. However, all the tests are so random and never on anything from the book.

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Mrs. Compeau is a great teacher and is always willing to help out. Her tests are really hard, but I'm learning lots!

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hmm..shes really nice! and she will always help you and stuff.. but her help soemtiems isntt that helpful.. and her tests are SOOOOOO FRIKKEN HARD!!!!!!!

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She's a great person and really smart; as long as you put an effort in she'll love you, but the class gets tough, esp. with some of the busy work and some tests

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Ms. Compeau is nice, she knows biology, but she can't it teach that well. She doesn't make due dates very clear either.

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Mrs. Compeau is one of the nicest people i know. Its so easy to learn in her class because she loves the material she teaches which is contagious to her student

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compeau is so awesome. she loves biology and it shows in the way she teaches. she goes over major concepts clearly and in simple concise steps. she's awesome

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mrs. compeau was soooo nice, but soooo hard. her class was fun cuz all my friends were in it

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I love the ways she describes things: The creb cycle is like a bus full of people...six people for the six carbon chain...and then there's this monster....

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Ms. Compeau is a great teacher, but I wish she woulo clarify things more often! She's sorta vague sometimes...

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i've observed the way she acts and talks. and i find that the ones that she is usually more "rude" to are the ones that cant seem to keep their mouths shut. ;P

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Great teacher. Makes point well. Kids can learn if they just payed attention in class. Dont even realy need the book much.Needs to be more specific with dates

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the best bio teacher ever.knew how to teach and we got to do great experiments. do the work and you'll get the grade!

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SHES A GREAT AND UNDERSTANDING TEACHER.. her class is hard.. but if you try and ask questions you'll be fin

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Mrs. Compeau is a teacher that is great at helping students get their work done and give them a lot of freedom when it comes to learning.

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Compeau is a fantastic teacher. She isn't hard if you ASK QUESTIONS... If you think she's hard, it's cuz she expects you ask when you don't know about something

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nice person bad teacher

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she is really nice and can connect with the kids but when it comes down to what matters the test;the test, there's no hope w/o having to learn it on your own

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We love you Ms Compeau!

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She is such a nice person, but she needs to explain things a little more. I'm so glad she actually cares about her students!

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You are one of the only teachers that I have that I can really tell wants us to succeed

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Loved her class. Bio not easiest subject, but she made it as painless as possible.

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Probably my favorite Teacher in High School. Bridges Rocks

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She was one of the best teachers I've ever had. Now that I am a teacher, I have even more respect for her! :)

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I LOVE MS. C!

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