Average 4.28 based on 40 teacher ratings
Brian Phipps is a History teacher at Santa Teresa High School located in San Jose, California and part of East Side Union High. Brian Phipps' 40 teacher ratings contributes to Santa Teresa High School's ranking of 1,242 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Santa Teresa High School is 3.85 stars.
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Phipps is fam. Pretty cool guy. 10/10 would recommend. -Ewong

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I had Mr. Phipps for both APUSH and AP Psychology, and I was also part of International Relations Club (IRC, a club that Phipps advises) for all 4 years of high school, so I've known Phipps for a while. I think his classes were pretty interesting, and his teaching style is pretty laid back. Personally, I liked both APUSH and AP Psych, because they're very easy to pass (with an A+) if you pay attention and do your work. Take him if you get the chance.

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Phipps is a cool guy. But he doesn't teach at all. He is 5 minutes late to class all the time. His class is purely busywork. At one point we were doing worksheets I had done last year in NORMAL world history. He lets you turn things in incredibly late because it's not like he grades them all that quickly anyway, but he sometimes forgets to tell everyone that things are due and he doesn't post anything at schoolloop. I definitely am not prepared for the AP test since he does absolutely nothing.

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He is the coolest teacher ever!!! And really funny!!! I enjoyed having him for US History.

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Best. Teacher. Ever. Sad to be leaving his class! He is extremely helpful with both class issues and any personal issues. Super understanding and genuinely caring! And really funny! Also, he isn't strict on work. Amazing person and chill teacher:)

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he is super cool .

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Ok....I'm his student now! (yes this is in response to having him at MUN). He's very chill and pretty straightforward, but at the same time, it's up to you to read the material everyday. You'll get an A as long as you do your part (that goes for both APUSH and Psychology.....yes I have him for both this year). He makes learning interesting and can make you smile if you're having a rough day.

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I technically can't say I'm his student, but I'm going to have him next year and he's the only APUSH teacher around. I do have him for MUN though, and he's pretty chill/laid back. He never gets angry and he doesn't yell (which is good because most teachers can't control themselves when they get angry), and I think every once in a while it's nice to have a teacher who doesn't yell. His outlines/notes (I heard)are basically a joke; I actually looked over a couple of them and they don't seem so bad

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I never really liked history until I took APUSH. He is a great teacher and an even better person! Don't take advantage of how chill he is, because he doesn't deserve that. I really recommend taking APUSH with him. The class was a lot of work, but I really learned a lot. Mr. Phipps is greaaaaaaaaat.

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Phipps is such a BOSS. I <3 him so much! He got me to appreciate History and i actually remember a lot from his class! He loved him some kankles! XD [ If he reads this he will know who this is ] His class is challenging but memorization is key! Study hard and get a good grade if you take time to look over the textbook and his slides online you will learn something about history! He will help you a lot is you ask him! He cares a lot about his students and even though he picks on you hes' great.

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He is great! Is nice, joking, but serious at times. In his APUSH class he very knowledgeable and is very friendly and is there for you. Great teacher!

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Dude, Mr. Phipps is the man!!! You cant deny this guy's awesomeness. I love the guy as if he were a part of the family. If you have him for a teacher later on... be prepared to enjoy high school. ;D

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Brian Phipps is one of the best teachers ever. I honestly would have never loved history if it wasn't for phiippsyy!, plus he is super attractive to look at, which is a plus, overall <3 LOVELOVELOV

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Awesome class. Had him for APUSH. Loves what he teaches and this makes it enjoyable. I learned a ton still remember it. He makes history really interesting. Only thing is that there's a lot of work.

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A champion. All I do is learn learn learn

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He is the most brilliant person ever.

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Great guy. Truly a nice guy. Pretty bad as a teacher. Likes to cite strange laws to explain why he's too lazy to do something. Neglected to turn in honor night sheet this year. Failed to adequately teach us. Assigned too much busy work. Not all together too reliable. Grades can suddenly change by one or two letters a few days before final grades.

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upsest with his looks..but its all good very funny and knows what he is talking about..honest too...4 sure the best us history TEACHer in the school

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phillps is a teacher who can really teach... i really able to remember things from his history class... he give video, lecture, classwork and hw that will make u remember stuff... and i really enjoy his lecutre 2 cuz it is actuallly really interstin

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phipps is THE BEST teacher ever he was the one person who led me to want to become a teacher

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I LOVE MR. JOAQUIN BRIAN PHIPPS!!! HE'S THE BEST TEACHER I'VE EVER HAD!!!!

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Phipps was one of the best teachers I ever had. He got me to love and appreciate history. He got me into politics. Because of him, I have great patriotism for the U.S. You need to read the book to be fully prepared for the tests. He is a great speaker and great at pointing out themes throughout U.S. history.

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Phipps isn't too good at preparing students for the AP test. I think I bettered myself on the STAR testing, though. Phipps is a good person that you could come in and just talk to whenever you need. He does a good job handling IRC with SCV organizing and bMUN trip.

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Phipps was possibly the most inspiring teacher I've had thus far and couldn't have asked for anything more. He really helped me realize a love for history and humanity and his final project led me to learn about a family/society issue that I want to dedicate my life to. Not a class for slackers or book-smart kids, but more for thinkers. Loved the class, love the teacher.

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This class was an eye-opener for me. As a teacher, he was a teacher. He did a fine job teaching APUS, which really is a hard subject to teach well. I think I'll remember Phipps as more of a friend though. You'll either love him or hate him, and he'll either love you or hate you. Have fun.

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Read the book by yourself and that's the whole class. He doesn't give enough time for the homework-though he is an interesting speaker. Good at regular Hist. but not AP.

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I read the book by myself- learned nothing except for something about Thomas Jefferson.

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Very interesting fellow. He will sing, walk around with no shoes on, etc. He is mysterious & quirky. Hes very entertaining, yet educational at the same time.

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he's not a very nice teacher. He plays favorites

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He's got high standards- don't plan on sleeping for the year you plan to take the AP class- studying enough to know the facts AND sleep-umm, not enough time

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didnt particularly like the class or the teacher.

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Phipps = My gangster we be cappin our history ;) Phipps is great get on his good side.. he'll sing , dance, and do the harlem dance ;) ;)

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took his class...passed the ap test

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AP history: he was stilling learning and probly is still testing the curriculum out. he's my homie, but if he doesn't like u, he'll probly be mean.

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Hey Phipps! You're an awesome teacher and although some students say that you seem pompous, like you said, "sometimes you have to be pompous to be heard."

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Mr. Phipps is a wonderful teacher in U.S. History, a difficult subject for me to grasp and understand clearly. He is very helpful in understanding the material

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you learn so much in his class, totally awsome teacher marianne

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I LOVE MR. PHIPPS BEST TEACHER EVER

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