Average 4.53 based on 41 teacher ratings
Betsy C. Sandstrom is a Languages teacher at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology located in Alexandria, Virginia. When comparing Betsy C. Sandstrom's ratings to other teachers in the state of Virginia, Betsy C. Sandstrom's ratings are above the average of 4.41 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is 4.03 stars.
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Recommended
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There is no curriculum. There are no tests. There is no homework. There might be 1-2 quizzes per year. You may come out of Russian having learned nothing OR, you may come out of Russian having learned little.

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You learn everything you need to know in the first two weeks. She's amazing - all teachers should be like her and learn how she teaches.

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Knowledge

Learning is optional and the class is fun. She is very help full if you ask a question. Next to no quizzes and all in class assignments are group work.

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Knowledge

The class is easier than other TJ languages, but so? In Russian, we do fun activities and learn a lot. We do not feel pressured to memorize everything, and learn at our own pace. We obviously know it, because TJ students basically win every competition. She also is very fair, and will answer any questions you have. She also gives out many opportunities for scholarships, trips, etc. Overall, Russia

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I'm a fairly harsh rater in general, but I don't understand how Ms. Sandstrom has anything but a 5. She's an amazing teacher who is really nice, lets us bring in food, makes the class easy and low-pressure, and makes us good at Russian. Though it's a free "A", Russian students at TJ are still really good speakers and writers and usually beat other schools at competitions.

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i love russian. really gets everyone involved. you love the language. its wierd. i never knew you could become addicted to class. clear, helpful, nice teacher. better than every other class. you care about the subject. its not just a subject. makes you love russian. better looking on colleges. excellent teachers. helps student participate in russian clubs. gets people enthusiastic.love her

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She makes Russian by far the easiest and best language taught at TJ. Doing a little work outside of class helps a lot, but she never assigns homework so you have to take your own initiative. If you ask her to teach you something, she will be happy to do it and will do it very well. The amount of Russian you learn is based on your drive, but there is no pressure and almost everyone gets an A.

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Excellent teacher, really gets her students enthusiastic about the subject (Russian). Helps students participate in extra activities to supplement learning and achievement.

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Great teacher, probably the best language teacher. Good sense of humor. But, your grades are kinda of a mystery due to the lack of hw and quizzes. One of my friends got a >200% on a quiz once.

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Generally good, she explains things well but sometimes the pace is too fast or too slow.

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This was the only teacher our son didn't complain about this year! She motivates them all. Xoposho! (Russian for "Great!")

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Coming to class I can never know what to expect. A gallon of ice cream with toppings? A hilarious story about her Russian experiences? Useful Russian grammar explained well. I LUV THIS KLASS!!!!!!!!!!

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She is the easiest teacher you'll ever meet. I love her though, and I do think it is not very hard to learn Russian from her.

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Ms. Sandstrom is a great teacher. Her Russian class is by far the easiest (and coolest) offered at TJ!!!

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Ms. Sandstrom is very nice and I love learning Russian, but this class is simply way too easy. Very little homework is assigned and a lotof kids have developeed a slack-off attitude, which makes it very hard for those of us who WANT to learn the language. More actual lessons and assignments would be helpful. Frankly, this is a magnet school and a language class should therefore be challenging.

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ms sandstrom is really nice, except when she has these uber mood swings. then she's slightly disagreeable. class is fun, but if you want to learn the language, have to be really self-motivated. basically, if you dont care about a language, take russian. if you want to learn stuff, take french or spanish.

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Pretty cool person, and decent teacher. Russian is easily the best lanuguage because of her.

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easy class. a bit slow at times but you learn the language really well. she is nice and grades easy and gives ice cream and monopoly days a lot.

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you learn in spurts: nothing for a week, then a week's worth in a day. she's out a lot. kind of mood swingy. overall okay, but her methods don't work for all.

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Makes learning Russian fun and easy. There are some people she just doesn't like at all, though.

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Plays favorites among students and acts and grades accordingly; I learned Russian, but more from my own study than from her instruction.

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rusian be very good

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great teacher, and when she is in a good mood, its the best class ever, but thanks to the crew and marching band people, she is getting less and less patient

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Even though she is nice to other people, she really does not like me. She can be extremely discouraging at times. I dont like her very much.

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I love you Mrs. Sandstrom!

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She can be very discouraging and unsupportive of students she doesn't like or understand

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You feel like you aren't doing anything in class. Then, one day, you wake up and realize that you've learned tons.Thanks!

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Great teacher! We learn a lot, but don't seem to work

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learning another language is now fun...

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so sweet and intelligent, possibly our best teacher @ tj

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Very easy, even if you don't work at all, you'll still get a b. She's Awesome!

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Makes learning Russian very fun! Encourages us and works very hard to help us.

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The most wonderful, helpful, sweetest person who ever existed.

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Usually quite fabulous...

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does lots of good stuff for her students!

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Amazing, take russian!

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the best Russian teacher I've ever had, better than college professors even

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she's great,

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da coolest

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Can't get better than Mrs. S. - knows language, culture, and is a GREAT person

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A very nice woman, always willing to help, and writes an awesome recommendation

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Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology is located in Alexandria, Virginia with an average teacher rating of 4.03 stars. When comparing Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology's teachers to other teachers in the state of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology's teachers are below the average of 4.41 stars. Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology ranks 182 amongst all High Schools in the state of Virginia. Learn More