Average 3.97 based on 78 teacher ratings
Steve Cwodzinski is a Social Studies teacher at Eden Prairie Senior High School located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and part of ISD-272. Steve Cwodzinski's 77 teacher ratings contributes to Eden Prairie Senior High School's ranking of 39 in Minnesota. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Eden Prairie Senior High School is 4.15 stars.
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Mr. Cwodzinski was the best teacher I had in my 14 years of formal education. He is the most passionate educator I have ever come across, and he is a great role model for students. I was really sad to hear that he had retired from teaching, but happy to see he is bringing his energy and enthusiasm to continue to make a difference in our community through politics. I am a proud member of the #CwodSquad !

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Mr. Cwodzinski was honestly one of the best teachers I have had so far! He cares deeply about everything he talks about and wants kids to learn. I learned so much stuff from taking his class and this year, sadly, he is retiring. My rating is 5/5 for sure. Amazing person, amazing personality, and amazing teacher!

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He's a beauty, but he's intense and has you refer to notes or the textbook for help with the material.

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He's a great public speaker and truly makes the kids think in class though the material isn't taught (pretty sure that's what teachers are for). There are no study guides except the test bank though realistically, no student is going to memorize over 300 questions to get an A on his test. This review really doesn't matter anyway b/c he's retiring this year

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I have never had a teacher impact my life as much as Cwod. I leave his class feeling inspired. He makes me want to be a proactive citizen, and I'm very glad to have him as my teacher.

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Hes awful. Doesn't teach anything. Its basically just self taught government.

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He really teaches you what life is all about, and he is a really life-changing, great teacher...

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He is the best teacher I ever had.

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There are bad teacher and then there is Cwodzinski. This man is sooo disorganized and does not really teach the class. My child had trouble with the material and Cwodzinski never helped him. The teacher is also very hard to get in contact with and he never returned a single email.

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Amazing teacher! Learned so much!

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Honestly Cwod is a awful teacher but he is an important figure for a lot of kids at this school. He gives kids lots of life lessons. However, teaching is not the career path I would have chosen for this questionably insane government teacher. Should have retired 5 years ago.

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You don't cover the test material but what you learn in his class applies to your real life. What you take away from his class are life lessons you can use for the rest of your life. Kids either love him or hate him.

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He changed my life

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He is one of the very best because he helps students to be better citizens, and learn stuff they will use and remember for many years to come. I graduated from college already and Cwod stands as my favorite and most memorable teacher. I visited places thanks to him. I vote in every election. I have served on a couple of serious juries and been the foreperson. I understand the law and constitution better than most people I meet. All thanks to him, and EPHS for employing him.

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Though he may be disorganized and refuses to "teach to the test," he is by far the best teacher I have ever had. I have never had a teacher more passionate about his job, he truly cares about his students' success in life. The biggest lesson he teaches students is to wake up and realize what is actually, not what media and political socialization has shoved in your face, going on around you. It is refreshing to have a teacher that understands that real life does not come out of a textbook.

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He's truly inspirational and a life changing teacher. I would even refer to him as a professor. He will do more than just prepare you for the AP USGOV test, he will help prepare you for wherever life takes you. If you are smart enough to listen to what he has to say, you'll not only do well in his class, you'll learn about yourself as an individual as well.

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Ohhh Cwod. He's interesting. I took Block which doesn't exist anymore. Take Apps with Hollenbeck and him, it's awesome. Cwod is a great guy, super smart. He will yell at you a lot, but don't take it personally he totally digs all his students.

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He is one of the best teachers to listen to but he need to make the tests easier nobody got an A in the class. We had two 4.0s wrecked

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Cwod. He's a brilliant man who yells a lot. He is frustrating. He teaches you about life. He hates people in the middle. He is passionate about what he does. Sometimes you love him. Sometimes you hate him. He's an odd man, but his classes are truly worth it. If you don't let him get under your skin, you can learn a lot from him. He's quite an amusing little fellow.

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Cwod is an interesting teacher, with a mind like no other. However, he often goes off on long tangents about things that are not relevant to the current lecture, or even subject. He is however a great

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Life changing, inspirational teacher. One of the best Advanced Placement Government and Enriched US History teachers in the nation.

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One of my favorite teachers ever

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Great teacher, hard class

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BEST TEACHER EVER

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Amazing teacher. He makes things that happened almost a hundred years ago exciting. A feat few teachers can accomplish.

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Had him over 10 years ago. He was definitely an intimidating guy, but one of the few teachers that I still recall to this day.

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very self centered

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Awesome teacher! Hard class, but that's the point.

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He's so fly like a G6

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He is amazing. His class is hard but is easily the best teacher I have ever had.

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good guy, really wants to make a difference in the lives of students

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The first day of class last year, he kicked me out of class... and I still loved him. Yes, he teaches abstractly but I loved it. There is no other teacher in the school so passionate about their class

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Cwod is the best! In his class I learned so much more that just American history... He teaches his students about life and sees the best of everyone.

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By far the best teacher at EP. Take Block!

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he makes you think all the time... but his class is very hard but i learnded a ton not only about history but about life, Cwod is truely a great teacher!

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The single best teacher I have ever had. Minnesota should be proud to have him.

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He does not know what he is talking about most of the time. His tests are poorly written and he grades assignments arbitrarily. However, he does push people to form their own opinions.

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good guy, bad teacher

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He's the best teacher, and life coach there is. Eden Prairie should be proud to have him.

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By far the best teacher I have ever had for any class.

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The greatest teacher I have ever had. I have yet to meet another teacher or professor that has his same drive and passion for encouraging growth in students. May it always be a shangra-la day in 135.

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Greatest Male Teacher I have ever had

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He is the best teacher that we have ever had. Very funny, but also very hard.

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Greatest teacher I have ever had! He make history very interested and makes you understand the true meaning of life.

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the greatest in the State of Minnesota, possibly in the nation.

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He was my Block teacher when I was in 10th grade. Probably one of the hardest teachers I have experienced but also one of the best. You will learn so much if you pay attention!

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Great teacher! Not necessarily an easy course, but it is definitely one of my most enjoyable courses.

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He is one of the best teachers i've ever had even out of many college professors. If you didn't like him you obviously completely misunderstood him.

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Cwod's totally hilarious, and also he's probably the only teacher I've ever learned anything useful from. If I didn't have his class to look forward to, there'd really be no reason to go to school!

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Cwod is so cool! Even though he makes a lot of stuff up, he is AMAZING at what he does!!

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So Cwod is loud, brash, disorganized, and can't recall names. But he cares passionately about the subject and students, which sets him apart from most teachers (and sadly, some professors).

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I don't think he ever knew my name, but he is still one of the most amazing teachers I've ever had. Cwod made me think differently, and I think he made us all grow up a little bit.

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Now in college, I have yet to find a professor or teacher that cares more about their job and is okay with teaching something that isn't always the curriculum, but something much more. Except Cwod.

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He makes the class fun and gets all of the students to think about the subject.

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One of the best teachers I have ever had. As a political-science major now in college, he has a better grasp on the political system than many professors.

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Do not trust anything he says. He actually has very little grasp of what he's supposed to be teaching, and tries to make up for it with stories and bad jokes. Just listen for what will be on the test.

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one of the most partisan teachers i have ever had in my life. he tries to be funny, but really just isnt.

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definatly overrated, good teacher but plays favorites and if you're not a favorite you will fail

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I would agree that many people who love him don't actually have opinions (how Ironic?), but I greatly respect that he can get a class interested in a subject as "boring" as History or government.

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Cwod is totally awesome. His stories make history and government come alive and his jokes make class fun. Beware in the front row: he spits, and he isn't always very clear. Take good notes!!!

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Best teacher in the world. Period. You have to see it to believe it.

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He is amazing

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Excellent, very aggressive, shouts and badgers students in dry humor. Many resent this, misinterpreting it as sincerety. Offers extremist views, inspiring dissent and introspection

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Very good speaker but not doesn't like questions very much. A little more empathy and openmindedness would be appreciated.

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Easily the best teacher at EPHS. He makes students think for themselves. Very inspirational. Mr. Cwodzinski has positively impacted the lives of countless students. I respect him more than repect any other teacher I have had.

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Thank you for inspiring me and many others! You are an incredible teacher and orator. What are you doing teaching? Heck, you could get a job just about anywhere! THANK YOU!

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An amazing, passionate teacher--thank you for inspiring me and countless others to be involved in government!

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Easily my favorite teacher. I will never forget cwod. "don't let school get in the way of your education" and "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend with my life the right for you to say it"

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I loves cwod! he was the coolest person and teacher ever. he related stuff to real life. he didnt just stand there and read from the textbook! it was great!

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The best teacher I've ever had (even better than any college professor I've had)

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hey, dont be scared, if you're late, tell everyone you were visiting paul douglas, like i was, NOW THATS A TEACHER

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An amazing person and one of my most memorable teachers yet he doesn't work well with certain learning styles.

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Cwod is the most inspirational teacher I have ever had. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and passes this passion on to his students.

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Cwod is really arrogant, and he thinks A LOT about himself. He also tries to be bipartisan, but he leaves all sorts of underlying ideas in your head.

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Amazing teacher! Honestly, I hated Block with him, but Goverment was the best! I learned so much from this guy, I couldn't imagine taking it from anyone else!

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best teacher i've ever had. even though he doesn't remember everyone's names, he loves what he teaches and really makes sure you do, too.

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Cwod was more an experience than anything else, difficult to forget, passionate and intense if not always understanding. If nothing else i can respect him.

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I graduated in '96 and Cwod goes down in my book as my #1 teacher. Believe me...I've had many. He's amazing at what he does. You WILL learn a lot from him.

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graduated in '94-still think of him as one of my best teachers, adn very challenging...he makes you think! Love the political profiles, hope he still does them!

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This guys awesome but NEVER be late...unless you wanna be embarassed in front of the whole class...

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