Average 4.19 based on 66 teacher ratings
Sharon Swanson is an English teacher at Niles West High School located in Skokie, Illinois and part of D219. Sharon Swanson's 66 teacher ratings contributes to Niles West High School's ranking of 375 in Illinois. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Niles West High School is 4.24 stars.
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Shes one of the greatest teachers I've ever had.

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She is a really nice person outside of the classroom. That being said she is TOUGH, but in a good way. She doesn't play favorites and treats everyone equally which was nice. She was really anxiety inducing at times... I was a shy kid in high school so I felt like having a heart attack when she called us out and kicked us out of the classroom for not doing our work (albiet deservedly so when I look back at it) lol. But I really like her as a person and I learned so much in her class.

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Beginning of the year I had a few moments where I was cold with sweat because of anxiety, but over the course of the class I really learned to calm down an feel a lot better. It's not an easy class, but it's definitely doable. Overall, a great teacher, a medium amount of work

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I don't know what these other people are even talking about. Swanson is literally the best teacher you will ever have in your high school career. As an incoming senior, she's the best one I had thus far. She is very strict and a VERY hard grader but that only helps you with your writing. My writing improved drastically. All you have to do is learn from your mistakes. Wonderful teacher. Yes she can be sassy but take a damn joke. Best. Teacher. Ever.

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Yearbook is a toxic environment, and it has nothing to do with her wanting the best for you. This is about her talking crap about you to everybody else when you're absent. It's about her trying to find ways to accuse you of doing nothing when she's not aware of what's going on 100% of the time. It's about her using your words and twisting them against you. It's about her making people cry and never owning up to it. Ppl get fed up with her unreasonable expectations but are too scared to speak up.

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Makes students feel bad about themselves and is the hardest sophomore english teacher out there. If you want to get a decent grade your better off somewhere else.

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Ms. Swanson is tougher than a two dollar steak, but she is a great teacher. She reminds me of Mark Calaway.

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Ms. Swanson is hard and has high expectations. But she always always will help you with writing and anything else you don't understand. All you have to do is go see her. If you're an honors student, you should toughen up and know you have to work to do well. Swanson makes all that possible. She's great!

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She's literally the stupidest teacher I've ever had, she definitely can bring you down. By that I mean that I literally feel like killing myself when I hear her feedback. She doesn't help at all, to all incoming 10th graders, if you have her for honors English, please do yourself a favor and talk to your councilor to try and get a different teacher. 10/10 would drop class.

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Ms. Swanson is one of the funniest, sassiest, coolest teachers I've ever had. That being said, I learned close to nothing. She doesn't give any rubrics or ways to keep track of the requirements for each assignment, meaning that unless your assignment happens to be exactly what she had in mind, it will be graded subjectively, and you probably won't get a good grade. She also does pretty much nothing to make you a better writer, so if you're looking to improve, this is not the teacher for you.

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Oh, man. Swanson is one of my favorite teachers and is one of the funniest people I've ever met. However, she does spend the first two weeks of school weeding out the kids who don't belong there (who don't work hard). Overall, I LOVE her as a teacher, even though she's extremely difficult.

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Scary public speaking teacher to have! Not an easy A! But has a killer humor.

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Great teacher, extremely funny! She knows how to make sure someone learns. Yes, she has a brutal side, but it turns into a funny side.

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Has a short temper and swears a lot. Yearbook is extremely fun, though (not really because she's the sponsor, however) and a really underrated elective. Can't say much else.

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Aren't teachers supposed to encourage their students to become better writers instead of tearing them down? I can't say that she helped me grow as a writer or strengthen my skills at literary analysis

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i have had her for multiple classes and she rocks my socks off!!!

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It started out tough but it's been a great class so far!

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Ms. Swanson was one of the most amazing teachers I've ever had. Don't expect to do very well if you don't put any work in; but if you do, you'll learn a lot and get an A (fyi i normally hate reading)

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ms swanson has changed my life and i have never had such a great relationship with a teacher! she really cares about her students on a personal level and she is great with life advice.

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Greatest teacher who ever lived. No joke.

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um, high maintenance. Don't make her mad. Being in her class is a little like walking on eggshells, but she's amazing and I'm learning.

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Gotta love this woman! Taught me so much and for that I am forever grateful!

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took her college prep class, its a fun class but you need to be on top of everything otherwise you will fail her class.

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Took college prep and just so you know, she swears in class, She doesn't really has a syllabus that she follows up with and she'll have papers due when you half expect it. Gives u a set of rules for writing like no using the word "i" or "you" in the paper but besides that, she really doesn't teach. She'll make u do papers and if you dont' do it, she won't accept it even tho it dropped ur grade from a B to failing. Really lenient class but don't expect to learn anything in it.

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Her class is tough, but you will actually learn something ,besides memorizing 20 vocab words and fogetting them the next day like most english classes. I use to hate Shakespeare before this class, but now I dont.. she actually explains what is going on in the play unlike other teachers. She can be mean sometimes, and isn't great with the quiet kids because she is so loud. Yea she swears? Big deal, this isnt kindergarden. Overall a great teacher, but dont expect an easy A, far from it.

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Even though she did have her share of swear words, I believe that she was an excellent teacher. She cares about everyone, no matter what her words migth make you think. DOn't get fooled--If you get her mad, she will treat you in front of the whole class

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she is just simply the best teacher ever. i absolutely adore her

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absolutely the best teacher by far, we had a rough start but wow she is something special, she doesnt let any of her students fail and she honestly talks to us like a mother, yells, swears, and she sure does flick us off haha but wow by far an amazing person, and hopefully she has an impact on everyone like she doesin our class =]] PERIOD 7 LOVES YOU! and thnks for that 93% =]]

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A very hard class, but amazing teacher. She is truly a dragon lady and connects with the class. She has sarcasm, and uses curses like its nothing. She even flicked us off!! Awesome :) Period 8 all the way XD Our video's were waaaay better than Period 4. :)

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most amazing teacher ever.. she definitly made my summer =] i loveee her so much. she swears, FLICKED a student off. lmaooo hah shes soo awesome i luv her <3

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She's a good teacher. Strict and demanding, but better to have her than a teacher that can't teach. But if you're too sensitive and cannot take critism well, honestly, toughen up or get out.

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BEST BEST BEST TEACHER I LUB THIS WOMEN HERE SHE NOES HOW TO TEACH N SHE IS FUN!!!! SHE LOVES UR THATS WHY WE LOVE HER!@!!!

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Swanson is a tough teacher but really prepares you for junior English classes and in the end, she really appreciates and loves each of her students. One of the best teachers ever.

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She is the BEST--she really cares about us learning and doing well.

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I had Ms. Swanson about 8 years ago as my teacher and let me tell you that while she is a hard grader, her criticism is only going to help you when you get to college.

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Best English Teacher! You learn a lot in her class! Helps when ever she has time! She is also a very cool, and smart person! Ms. Swansonis is a great teacher!

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Really cool person, and a very friendly and motherly woman. However, your grading is way too subjective and your mood is very erratic.

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Awesome teacher and most fun

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I LOVE THAT WOMAN!

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yes i know she's a hard essay grader..but still she's a great teacher..! She's the best:):) i love that class..if you do come in for help, she helps you a lot:)

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Sure she's hard, but we really learn a lot from her and that's what counts. Plus she's really fun.

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Nice teacher and good perspectives, but she is a hard grader - i cannot get higher than a B or C without 50 pts per day on the trial-which she lowered to ten :(

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I think she needs to reevaluate her yearbook staff. It appears that she has some people who need major attitude adjustments. (i.e. you know who you are)

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I love her. swanson and hsing have got to be the hardest but my favorite english teachers i've ever had....=)

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She's so sweet and treats her students like her kids. And she didn't make the yearbook herself, so it's the staff's fault if it sucks.

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Ms. Swanson is an outstanding educator! Thank you for caring. Thank you for helping the students develop the potential within them. You're the best!

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Coolest teacher ever, relates to students, but she can have her bad days... Also,stop grading our essays so hard!

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Ms. Swanson is the best teacher--

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Yay for eating in English class!!

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scary voice

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Relates to students... Best English teacher I ever had

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really cares about her students and wants them to do well

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Ms. Swanson you are the best! We love you so much! Love,Jackie and Kejal

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Anyone who thinks she's mean doesn't get it. She's the best!

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best yrbk teacher but I DONT ALWAYS SIT ON THE COUCH!!

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SHES THE BEST! classes are always entertaining cause of her great sense of humor

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she's the only teacher at west who treats students like normal people!

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crazy and a little scary but gives out food and makes a big grade curve

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shes awesome !!! best teacher...

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She's the best--and really cares about the students

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She's so funny and sarcastic that you just have to like her. Can be tough tho.

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One of the worst teachers ever

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it's nice that you can swear like a truck driver in her class

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Overall decent teacher...though its possible to teach w/out yelling all the time

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