Victoria Maquinana

Average 3.55 based on 72 teacher ratings
Victoria Maquinana is a Languages teacher at Lowell High School located in San Francisco, California and part of San Francisco resident. Victoria Maquinana's 72 teacher ratings contributes to Lowell High School's ranking of 1,341 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Lowell High School is 3.94 stars.
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Hate the grading system. I feel like she's unorganized so as a result, it's hard to know what your grade is. Would recommend taking someone else if you prefer a straight-forward teacher.

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I took Maquinana for Spanish 2. If you want to learn something, I would suggest taking her class. However, it is a challenge. Stay on your toes and listen to everything she says! If you show up with one mistake on an assignment, she will mark you down. Her tests are long, but for the most part they are clear. She assigns many projects and expects a lot from you. That being said, you will practice a lot of dialogue in her class, which is excellent practice. I learned a lot.

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While her grading system wasn't my favorite because she hardly checked homework but you still had to do it, she is a nice person. Yes, she does have her mood swings "que barbaridad!" but she's also hilarious! Though it may seem annoying at the time, her tips for the ap exam are actually very useful. Even nonnative speakers definitely could get a 5 if they tried. There is a lot of unnecessary work but you have a lot of fun in the class too (parties, songs etc.)

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Never knew she had a grading system, but apparently she does. You don't really learn much from AP, so if you are taking her, hope for big curves on her tests and on the AP exams and get ready to be screwed over with so much work.

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I have Sra. Maquiñana for AP Spanish. Her tests are annoying and difficult. Most people will score D's and C's. She gives a project almost every week (qué barbaridad!). However, she curves a ridiculous amount. I got a colorful range of grades on my tests, but ultimately an A. Her "motivational lad

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I had her AP spanish and it was TERRIBLE! She doesn't explain anything clearly, her tests are ridiculous and she has extremely high expectations. I expect to get a 2 on the ap test, that's how bad she is.

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She's fun and easy. Half of class time is basically wasted by daily warm ups and cultural stuff. Participate often. She's also moody.

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I learned soooo much really. I avoided her my entire freshman year because i heard she was crazy but filed incomplete and got her. i was really scared at first but then i realized how much i was learning and she does help you, if you ask or will refer you to CSF. She also really cares about her stud

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I love Senora Maquinana. When I went into Spanish 1, it felt like Kindergarten all over again! She really cares about her students and I love how she urges them to sign up for CSF. I LOVEE HER! :D

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sometimes I think that she doesn't know english because she is terrible at describing projects and homework, and she's not very helpful if you ask a question. very moody and expects alot from students

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When she tells you to translate something, she sounds like she's impatient. So, she always interrupts you when you are translating Spanish even though you learn more if she doesn't interfere. Easy tho

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Her class is easy if you study from the book and memorize lines for a dialoge each grading period. Doesn't necessarily teach. She's nice overall as a person but doesn't really understand students

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take cadoppi, srsly. maquinana is unpredictable, so you can do a lot of work and well on tests and get a B because your binder is messy or she hates your group. every day is boring, and you dont learn

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Can't rly teach.. she has mood swings all the time

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Everyone loves her class. She really wants you to get an A so its pretty hard to get a bad grade. homework and tests are really easy too. You should really take her, you won't regret it.

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mood swings...but her class is very easy. she likes to do projects and the test are okay. she cares a lot about the students and recommends tutoring to those who fall behind. take her if u can do well in group projects (twice a semester). dont take her if u dont want to learn culture

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she's funny

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cant teach

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Espanol 1- She's a pretty good teacher. Sometimes it's hard because she gives most of the directions in Spanish and speaks really fast. However, the homework is easy and she'll tell you if you need more points to get a better grade. Her stares can be scary sometimes, but she's really nice and funny.

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She can be a little moody or confused sometimes but sometimes she can be funny too. She plays favorites and it can be pretty obvious. But she's nice, seeing how she gives opportunities for people to raise their grades. Focuses on cultural aspects a lot.

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ok.. ms maquinana is really helpful and she wants everyone to pass, so its hard to fail. she does have mood swings but they can be pretty funny. this class is fun is your classmates are fun.

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i say she's easy teacher and helpful but she's hecka gloomy. Just sitting in her classroom makes me feel sad.

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tests are painful, good thing is, she treats every1 equal, kinda. Probably gives the most hw a spanish teacher would ever give. You will actually learn and your next year will be better, unless you take her again.

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Mrs.Maquinana is an awesome teacher.This may be just because she loves me, but I really think she is a cool teacher.Even though dialogues and trimesterly projects are somewhat trivial, you end up learning.Her tests are pretty hard, but you can make up for it with participation.I will miss her in 5.

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She is very interesting. A lot of the time she will yell at you...at first its kinda freaky but you get used to it. BRING YOUR MATERIALS or she will deduct 5 points. This can make a big difference in your grade. Tests are good, assigns a lot of homework. She also makes a big deal out of portfolios.

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She often misintepret students, and she's not too good at pacing her teaching. But she's not too hard a grader as long as you fin. your assignments & get ok grades on tests/quizzes.

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She scares me because she's always yelling. ALWAYS remember to bring your materials and books. HW is pretty easy and there's not much of it, but her tests can be pretty hard. Most annoying thing is dialogues that you have to constantly memorize - just make it funny and she'll give you an A.

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she's so ridiculous that it's funny. when she gives tests(hardly ever), everyone fails. Half the time, she's sick, so expect to teach yourself a lot of the material. memorization of useless dialogues.

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Somewhat inconsistent in expectations & fails to provide clear instructions. Includes interesting projects in the curriculum. Challenges her students but is reluctant to identify a student who needs to move ahead a year.

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She's a very nice person. Decent workload. Her tests aren't that hard as long as you study well. She can be unclear at times, though.

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She's so awesome, challenging but fun. All of her work is manageable and her tests/quizzes are kind of OK. She really teaches, and goes at a good pace. She focuses a lot on verbs and accents, so if your a native spanish speaker you better brush up on that. I love her party's, she has so MANY pary's. The class is really fun. Seriously:)

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For 3H, she was aiight. Basically, the first semester was reviewing... but then at the last month of the semester, she makes you know the imperfect/preterite tenses of all verbs within one weekend. She literally told us that there is a test on monday on it, on Friday! So whatever. There are also country projects. Those are fun-ish. Lol. And yes, her dramaticness is funny.

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shes ok for a freshy, she mostly sick so we get sub and a lot of hw, she like us to do skit and project, and test rnt dat hard. she funny too and speak english so u can understand

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She's fast and she's nice, but she is unclear. Her tests are really hard, but she gives a lot of extra credit.

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as a freshman, she moves REALLY fast in my opinion, but she explains stuff & speaks in both Spanish & English so that's good. but the tests are hard [but they come from the book]. she's usually pretty nice & really dramatic which is funny

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not clear at all. expects to much of her students. talks to herself in 3rd person

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She's a pretty strict teacher and her tests are a bit challenging. I learned so much in her class. She does a lot of skits. Sometimes, she's really funny, but other times, she's in a really bad mood. and she finds all these excuses for "fiestas"

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she is pretty good but expects lots out of her students...ok tests...reasonable hw

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She's nice, many opportunities to get a few extra points onto your grade.

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Ms Maquinana is amazing. She has an amazing personality and everyone I know thinks she is hillarious. I'm going to miss her when I go to college.

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eh...she's ok...i guess. she gets annoyed when people don't do their homework. and she's pretty energetic when she's talking in class. you can try to make up your grade by always doing language labs, projects, etc., if you don't do well on the exams. she's occasionally funny.....OCCASIONALLY! and you learn a lot from her too.

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Extremely nice spanish teacher. its very easy to get a good grade in her class; she gives extra points all the time. skits, dialogues, and other interesting projects also boost your grade up. tests may be hard to some ppl, but there are so many opportunities for points that it doesnt matter.

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she makes the class interesting...like projects n stuff...i didnt wanna take spanish in the first place..buh now..itx interestante

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Maquinana is the greatest teacher on this entire planet!! She teaches very well, and her class is always an educational one and fun one. I've learned so much these past years and now i really want to major in spanish. way to go senora!

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She is AWESOME!!! I learned Spanish and a lot about the Spanish culture. She teaches grammar really well, and if you don't understand, you can always ask her. She didn't make it hard at all. I LOVED that class. She was so much fun.

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She'd be an ok teacher is she wasn't so moody all the time.

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sra. maquinana is a great teacher. she teaches very well. the only negative thing i can say about her is the homework assignments. some of them seem a bit pointless. still, you learn a lot of spanish and if you study well, you'll do fine on the tests. she's the perfect spanish honors teacher (at least better than ballbe)

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Ms Maquinana is the greatest teacher ever! She is also like a friend because she's so sincere

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I dont know why some people say negative things but she is one of the best teachers at Lowell! Not only do you have fun in her class, you can also learn a lot at the same time. She will make sure you understand the material and she'll be there to help you if you need it. Ms Maquinana might look really busy sometimes but she is not mean at all! If you have a problem, just talk to her and she'll understand!

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volunteer at Kermesse. It will bring your grade up a lot.

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Ehh i think shes been on menopause for a while now..lol c[; ! Just do ur work and read over what u have for tests and u'll do fine. she'll yell at u, i DONT suggest taking her tho.

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hella cool!! her classes are hella fun!! fareels. she gives "homework quizzes" & yoo can actually use yerr homework. haha. maquinana is the coolest!!

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Man she can be really moody sometimes and takes her anger out on us. But I guess you learn alot. Dont get her if yer expecting an easy A!!!

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shes ok but she needs to stop having those hotflashes at 7.35 in the morning

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she scared me at first but shes a great teacher

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LOVE HER! she gives easy assignments that will boost your grade. hard tests if you dont study. very clear and learn a lot! her projects are hecka fun!

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if you actually want to learn spanish, she's the right teacher to take. just pay attention and it'll be easy. she only looks mean but she's really nice

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her class is tight....you learn a lot and have fun.But you get a lot of homework which is very easy but time consuming.there is A LOt of test but they're easy.

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shes ok. NOT EASY, but not too hard. gotta know spanish pretty well so if you had easy teacher last time, u can be screwd

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SPANISH - She looks like she hates teaching, but I had her at 7:30! Assigns odd assignments that forces you to use new spanish words learned.

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she always hate on me but then i start actually doing alot better.my first 2quarters i got C/C+ now im at a B.so i improved alot it maybe tough but get use2 it!

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first of all... she yells at me all the time! when i forget to bring hw in, she takes off alot of pts. but who knows when she wants to see it or not?

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she explains the verbs and rules of spanish well, but gets really annoyed if you ask a lot of questions or doesn't get it right away.

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Clear, yes. Nice, no. She's kind of witchy at us sometimes, I mean, if I make a mistake at pronouncing she doesn't have to go balistic!

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you learn a lot and its fun

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must work hard...but her teaching is great...always a lot of fun

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