Average 4.34 based on 112 teacher ratings
Colin McGowan is a Social Studies teacher at Hudson High School located in Hudson, Ohio and part of Hudson City School District. Colin McGowan's 112 teacher ratings contributes to Hudson High School's ranking of 258 in Ohio. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Hudson High School is 4.21 stars.
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LITERALLY THE BEST TEACHER IN THE HIGH SCHOOL. He loves his job and cares about his students. I had him last year and I seriously miss his class so much. If I could, I would take his class every year thats how good he is. His accents are on point and his stories are hilarious. McGowan reaches out to people and tries to get people to open up. He creates a classroom environment that is judgement free and fun!

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Mr. McGowan simply is the best history teacher. If you see him on your schedule, you are in for a treat. He's fun, knowledgable, insightful, and a great guy. Just by being his student, he seems like the kind of guy you'd want as a friend.

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All in all, Mr. McGowan is a nice teacher. However, some units are hard to get through and often things on his test can be found on Gallagher's handouts and never once mentioned in his class. If you miss a class, your dead. Good luck. But, connects with all students on a personal level and is always making jokes.

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I find it very easy to pay attention in his class. Unlike many history teachers I have had in the past, I am able to take in almost all the information from his teaching alone. In addition to this, his class is pretty entertaining, and he seems like a good person in general.

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Mr. McGowan is one of my favorite teachers of all time! I look forward to that class very day! He cares about each one of his students. He makes us laugh and connects with us! He always builds you up with positive comments and never gets am about silly things! He brightens my day! I couldn't ask for a better teacher!

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I think that Mr. McGowan is an amazing person, although sometimes I get annoyed with his style of teaching. He has helped me a lot both last year and this year. I give him perks for actually caring about his students. Thank You McGowan.

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Mr. McGowan is so cool! He makes class really fun and is very smart. It is also really cool that he is a tough mudder. He is a wonderful teacher and person and I am glad he is my teacher:)

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Mr. McGowan is one of my favorite teachers of all time. I love the environment of his classroom so much. I could be having an absolutely horrible day, come into his lighthearted, fun, and enthusiastic class, and leave with a bright smile. I am going to do everything I can to be in his class next year as well. His teaching style is relaxed while still learning above and beyond average. With his teaching style, and simple note taking, I haven't even needed to study; I get consistent A grades.

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Mr. McGowan has taught me so much in two semesters. I have maintained an A average through both. He is super cool and he'd be even cooler if he didn't break up team four ;) DON'T BE YOKO MCGOWAN.

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Best class I've ever taken. I've learned more than I have in any other class, and had a few good laughs along the way. He's very good at getting you to study, and if you do, the tests are super easy and straightforward. We don't just scrape the bare minimum in his class, we learn the different sides and angles in every unit, which is AWESOME. His only teaching flaw would be that he's overly friendly and helpful, but how is that bad?

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I really enjoyed being in his class it was really fun and interesting and i actually learned something!

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He was a good teacher, but I really didn't like his personality. I think that he's super egotistical, and some of us could care less about his anecdotes. I DON'T CARE THAT YOU RAN THE TOUGH MUDDER! Otherwise, he was very smart, and I learned a lot this year! I really started to enjoy history for the first time ever!

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McGowan is a seriously great teacher. He has a way of making history so interesting, and he includes all the little details that make it so cool. His tests are thorough, but he teaches so well that it's easy to prepare for them. He's also very laid back and fun; all in all, one of the best teachers I've ever had.

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McGowan is one of the best teachers I've ever had! His style of teaching puts an emphasis on personal achievement and thorough knowledge of the subject. (Complain all you want about how hard the class is. It's your fault) Not only is he more than willing to help academically, he's flipping hilarious! McGowans can always make me laugh and he doesn't heaitate to make fun of himself. He's a great guy.

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i liked him as a teacher and as a guy until the very end of the year when he made fun of a couple in the class, he kind of seemed like a d-bag after that

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Awesome guy, awesome teacher. At the beginning of the year he had us all scared because it was a tougher course than we were used to, but after first quarter it kept going up. It's not hard to pay att

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really fun guy, buttt an ok teacher. loved all the fun stories he had to tell us, but would rather learn more in class than having to learn half the information on the tests by myself. fun class espec

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spent a couple of afternoons talking with him about all sorts of history things after class. I sked for a challenge coming out of Bach, and I got it. I want to have him again for Eastern Civs.

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Best teacher EVER. cares about the student and not just the grade.

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Mr. McGowan is a fantastic teacher! his quizzes and tests are hard compared to most, and sometimes I do not know what to study for. But he is great to be around and a pleasure to learn from. The best

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pay attention, do the homework and listen to the podcast before a test. history is my least favorite subject but i loved this class. mcgowan makes it interesting. one suggestion: fewer videos! they ar

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Tests aren't really hard, their fairly straight forward as long as you know how to study for them, same with his essays. His pop quizes however can be kinda tricky, just have to stay on your toes. O

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fun class and really funny guy. but grades essays way too hard! his tests and quizzes are HARD...gallagher is 10 times easier! he stresses students out a lot.

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Kinda hard tests, but if you pay attention its not too bad. I don't think he would be too helpful if you needed it, but he is pretty cool. Also, you shouldn't need help. Cool teacher and pretty chill

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Really cool guy all around. McGowan usually has a lot of patience, but just always do your homework and you'll be okay. He always has a good mood during class and he has great humor. His tests are a l

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hard tests. easy to understand if you pay some attention. no projects (three thumbs up).

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Really depends. He is a good teacher but if you don't listen to the podcasts you will fail his test. Some information that is on the tests he does not cover in class. You want Gallagher for sure!

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basically......if you dont get gallagher for honors world history, drop it. mr mcgowan is so fun and a great guy but his class is stressful and will put you over the edge every 2 weeks when it comes t

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Mr. McGowan is currently my teacher for Honors World History and I absolutely love the class. It's my 11th period class so it is a GREAT way to end my day. The only downside is his tests are killerrr.

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I had Mr.McGowan last year for accelerated world. I personally love his teaching style, and found him to be immensely interesting to listen to talk. Also he absolutely is the coolest teacher I've ever

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Awesome teacher, he should teach a class with Roetzel and Chiorian and it would be the most popular class in school

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McGowan is a cool guy. A bad case of: great person, iffy teacher. When I had him for EasternCivs, he had so much he wanted to teach, but so little time. His tests are hard, not impossible. Study

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Awesome class. Especially coming in second period studyhalls to chill!

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Mr. McGowan is a really great teacher. His tests are hard but if you study alot you'll do fine! It also helped that I printed off the powerpoints! He made history fun with the stories he told!

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He was a fun teacher and taught well but it was a difficult class.

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I've had Mr. McGowan for two years, and I love his class. It might be a bit challenging at first, but as long as you study for tests and take notes, you'll be fine! Hope to cya next year, Mr. McGowan!

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I love the power points and that they're online. Podcasts help a lot, too. Overall, I loved his class and he was a good teacher.

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I had a great time in the class and with Mr.McGowan as a person, but the class is challenging. It's a fun class but you gotta work and although it was challenging, i learned a ton

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He is a great teacher. He is very funny and his class is interesting, however, his tests are hard and his homework takes a while. He is a very nice guy.

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As a class, Acc World does not deserve to be called accellerated. I found the course to be an easy A for anyone who likes history. Mr McGowan is a a decent teacher although he often wastes time.

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Class was fairly, along with the tests! Online power points/podcasts were really helpful! He made the class fun AND interesting! i really enjoyed it this year.

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He was a nice guy, he just flew through everything, until it was test time. Then we had to wait months to get them back. Also, his tests are ridiculously hard.

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takes to long to grade test. let our english teachers tell us how to write. went to fast on the power points. need more time to review for tests. overall good teacher.

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I had Mr. McGowan for two years in a row and this could be why I kind of got used to his teaching style. It is truly something you have to get used to. I would recommend less huge tests.

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Goes through powerpoints so fast. Kinda frustrating at the time, but in the long run probably helped me to be more effecient with my note taking. I loved having the podcasts and powerpoints online

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talks too fast. class was hard, not impossible. TONS of information. do the homework. he doesn't read it - just checks for how much you write - and he takes WAY to long to grade tests

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He is a good guy, but sometimes is very confusing and goes very fast. I learned a lot in the class, though, and although it was hard, it wasn't impossible.

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Mcgowan talked too fast for me to really understand what was going on, and rarely went back over new information. His tests are hard, but I love the review podcasts. Crosswords should be written out.

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Good class, I enjoyed it a lot. Sometimes it was a little hard to understand because it went very fast. Loved the weekly quiz bowls!

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Shouldn't grade notes/readings based on the amount that is written...what's important is that the student got the point of the readings. Also, should teach slower, be more thorough with topics :)

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This was probably one of my favorite classes!! I had to work hard, but at the end of the year i felt like i learned a lot. Loved the podcast reviews/crosswords. Keep up the great work! :D

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McGowan is a great teacher. He knows the material and enjoys history. His lectures are both informative and fun. His tests are fair and he helps you study (he even makes a podcast review). Great Class

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Had McGowan for two years, both great classes that I enjoyed and learned a lot.

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He is an awesome teacher, but his tests are pretty hat

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He is a nice teacher and person, but a hard grader. He sometimes talks too fast, and he takes off stupid points from short answer questions and essays, but it will make you better in the long run.

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A nice person, but its hard to like him because of his teaching style. With an essay question based off of a slide he may or may not have explained, its hard to enjoy his class. at all.

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This guy is the man! If you listen to what he is saying, take him up on the help he offers, and get into what he teaches, he's one of the best teachers you'll ever have. Best teacher and class ever!

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Great teacher and knows just about everything, but cannot make pointed lectures or notes for the life of him. Most of the test questions are over things he mentioned once, in passing. Still, great.

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McGowan needs a serious update on how to Teach 101!!!! he can never control is class, and he wastes my time by talking about nothing. UGH!!!

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great teacher his tests are kind of easy... probably one of the best history teachers in the school

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Mr. McGowan's class seriously makes my days better. Although sometimes its hard to study when your notes aren't as specific, he offers review sessions that really help. You can tell he loves history

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Hard but fun class, if you're struggling in it he'll help you if you just ask him for it. Hard tests too...

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He is a nice guy, but he can't teach, too much buisy work, not enough actual learining.

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mcgowan is sweet. he loves our class and we have so many jokes! u can talk to him for anything :)

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Yeah he's all funny and nice if you don't do anything wrong...but he thought I was asleep one time and I got a detention. I don't know...not bad though.

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Probably my favorite teacher of all time. And he lets me sit on his couch.

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Mr.McGowan is my favorite teacher. He is so funny and incredibly smart. He is very easy to talk to and he's truly interested in your life. As long as you do the work you'll pass.

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Very Good Teacher!

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i loved him even though i did get a D in his class hes a great teacher, they hated him because they slacked off and didnt realize they are in high school now and not middle school

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Mr. McGowan is probably one of my favorite teachers. He is hillarious and smart. If you do the work he gives you and dont slack off, then you'll be fine.

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He's the most creative, fun history teacher in our school...why yall hatin??

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Hes a nice guy but cant teach. We have a project worth 115 points it sux. But hes a kewl guy

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well, all i can say is Mcgowan has some thinking over to do..his class average is a D+..crosswords are good..but too much busy work..not enough teaching

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Mickey Mouse is so easy to connect with because he knows where you're coming from. His test are exactly what his crosswords say. And so are the exams.

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funny but is he teaching? we do stuff and he sits around

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Cool but very hard.

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one of the better teachers i've had in high school

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Mr. McGowen is a awsome teacher! the projects might be hard but they are awsome. he also gives great advice and is juts like a kid

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Fun and exciting in class plus really Helpful

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Assignments are really hard and numerous and borderline ridiculous, but if you DO them, you'll be fine.

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cool teacher

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Mr. McG is very cool and he makes learning fun so it isn't terrible to sit in class for on hour and a half. His tests are kinda hard but just study hard.

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McGowan is da shizzle, bottom line. When he actually teaches, he clearly, and entertainingly, explains the subject. Long live the McGowan Dynasty.

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Senor McGowan is very nice, I think some of the things we do may be a little like busy work but he's a cool guy, him and Maru are the best teachers to talk to!

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I think the class overall is easy, but the tests are hard.

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McGowan is cool, he has a good personality which makes the class fun. Study for his tests. BM

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Mcgowan is pretty cool, his tests are not exatly easy most of the times.

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if you study for the tests, they're really not that hard... just my opinion, and i'm not a good student.

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So far he has been the best teacher I have had in Hudson. His class rocks. what can I say.-l.s

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The whole Social Studies department is a powerhouse for sweet teachers... You got chorien (spelling?), and then Charmicheal and McGowen which are two of thebest

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he was a great alternative to AP US. Perhaps a few too many movies and notes, but overall nice guy with a great sense of humor. Good luck with new baby Mr.M!

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I liked him......he was really nice and stuff but the class got a little boring sometimes....all those readings

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Hes a cool guy who really takes an interest in his students and teaches you that history is more than just facts. Too hard though!!

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