Average 4.94 based on 57 teacher ratings
Jack Elwell is a Science teacher at Independence High School located in San Jose, California and part of East Side Union High. Jack Elwell's 57 teacher ratings contributes to Independence High School's ranking of 1,154 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Independence High School is 4.1 stars.
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There's a reason Mr. Elwell has won teacher of the year. He's a great teacher and a great person. He wants to help his students out in any way he can. His lectures are extremely informative. The tests and practicals can be tough, but he really prepares you for them as best a teacher possibly can.

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A MUST take class for those of you that want a fun, memorable class. Mr. Elwell is one of the nicest, most caring, knowledgable teachers ever. He's clear on what he expects you to know and is extremely fair and generous. I'm not sure what I loved more, the crazy amount of physiology I gained or the fun memories and laughs made in this class. Even if you don't like science, this is such a fun class. (apologies for a totally choppy review on Mr. Elwell but words cannot do him justice. TAKE PHYSIO)

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Mr. Elwell is a swell guy and he honestly is one of the few teachers at Independence High School that cares deeply for his students and goes out of his way to make sure that they get the knowledge they need. He makes the teaching environment really fun and one of a kind and by far a mass amount of knowledge is gained by taking this class. However at the same time this comes with mutiple tests and exams which are easy if you take time to study but otherwise difficult. Recommend to take as Seniors

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THE best teacher at Independence. Truly loves his students and will help in anyway. He's overqualified for a HS teacher. He helps seniors do what they need for colleges, and also is like a doctor to most students. His class is hard only if you don't study. An A simply requires hard work.

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He's an awesome teacher; very inspirational. He is funny and very active in the community for his age. Every one already said how great he is. I want to point out a certain group of people cheat in this class and I see no point. Don't feel bad if you get a C on tests because there is 4% extra credit (it may sound little but it's not). I recommend this class but for people who don't try to study, go take an art; you don't even need physiology and you don't deserve a great teacher as Elwell.

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The best teacher at IHS. This teacher gives a very well introduction to basic Physiology, and really helps prepare you for college with difficult and speedy tests, and his lab practicals. I recommend each senior take this class.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I love his class. He is the BEST teacher ever!! If I could take that class again I WOULD LOVE TO!!

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Everyone exaggerates the greatness of this class. Sure, it's fun and he's a very easy-going and approachable guy, but this class is mediocre overall. The coloring is pointless fun; no one actually col

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I'M SO GLAD I TOOK THIS CLASS<3Mr. Elwell is the most loving

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Excellent teacher! He's so kind. The way he talks is so heart warming. Idk. All I know is that he respects his students, and when teachers do that their students do the same to him. Go Physio!

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Very generous teacher. Celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas with all his students by throwing a Holiday Breakfast during class. Subject is hard and Elwell makes sure that you know that.

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He's the best teacher you can ever get! He's understanding and makes everyone feel important. I think he's able to do this because he actually things that the people around him are important. I wholeh

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Great great teacher! I learn a lot in his class, more in one class than in a whole week's worth in my other classes! Very fun, I like how he changes seating chart often =)

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One of the best science teacher on campus. Teaches superb. Exams = difficult (study / pay attention / ask ques). Pay attention to the MINK and BIOLOGY unit. Keep all your notes. Go to study session

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outstqanding teacher. his sound effects and had gestures makes lectures fun and educational. exams are quite easy if you simply pay attention to his lectures, i never had to open the text book.

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Great class, you learn a lot if you put your head into it and study. His exams are based on the scale of fellow students. He often uses sound effects to explain things, it's hilarious.

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i love physio! it's a great class, and elwell is such a nice teacher! (: i learned a lot from him

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Awesome class

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Tough class, but a great teacher!!

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His class is the worst i've ever had. IT WAS ANOTHER ART CLASS! Don't take it. waste of a year.

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definitely the kind of teacher worth hiring for! never lazy! and his passion just overflows from his heart and transpires motivating students

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he is really intelligent. ask him anything that is related to science and he'll know the answer! he is amazing!! I love Mr. Elwell! Best science teacher ever :D

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really cool teacher. makes things clear, and is very understanding about any kind of problem. gotta have him.

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He is the best teacher that you can get in high school. whether you pass or fail in his class, you still get the same amount of care and help. He really want to make our senior year the best by encouraging us to participate in school events. like seniors wear togas on this day and if u wear a toga, he gives you extra credit. He teaches very well. he knows how to make the class interesting. Physio is a class you must take!

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BEST teacher ever. his tests are super hard, but the class itself was always something to look forward to. he's hella understanding, too. don't slack off. especially the circulatory system!

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one of the most caring teachers! the class is hard but hes a good teacher. he's like a grandfather to his students!

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Mr.Elwell is really nice even though his class is hard, his tests are super hard 2, but then he cares alot for the students , so i didnot regret taking Physiology. It taught me a lot. And it trained me to befast in thinking. so even though it's hard, but it's worthed it

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his class is hard but he's always there to help you. He is a funny man also, lots of smart students in his class

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elwell is one of hte best teachers on campus. he ACUTALLY CARES. not only do u learn physio, but he helps u as a senior. i wouldnt know what i would have done without him.

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Elwell is one of the best. I did horribly in his class because I was always absent, but I still learned a LOT. His class is fun and interesting. Good sense of humor. Great guy.

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This teacher is AWESOME. u can't hate him cuz he's the nicest yet most helpful teacher there is. physio is hard but he teaches it in a way that you're eager to learn. ONE OF A KIND

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Mr. Elwell is a really awesome teacher. He explains things well, and not only will he help with the class but with college stuff too. I can honestly say he's the best teacher I've ever had in high school.He's so BOMB! haha

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This class is hard in nature, and because there are no state standards to follow, Mr. Elwell can teach anything he wants and how much he wants. But the true challenge of the class is dealing with the competition among your fellow classmates.

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Most likely one of the NICEST teachers on campus. He takes a hard subject and turns it into a lot of fun. He helps you out even if you mess up (Oh darn). He doesn't yell, he uses the uber cool bell (Ting ting!) to get the classes attention.

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He's my fave HS teacher. He makes me love science, very detailed and fun, great personality.

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Mr. Elwell's class is very fun and interesting. He's a great teacher and he makes class fun. Join Physio club!

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Mr. Elwell is a swell guy. I like the noises he makes.

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one of the few teachers who actually teaches for the students.

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Mr. Elwell is a very great teacher. Great and effective. He has a great way of teaching that just makes you want to learn more. He makes you love the class.

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Mr. Elwell is totally cool. His Physiology class is tough, but excellent for preparing juniors and seniors for college and what to really expect! Cool guy!

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Awesome, nice, fun, sweet, intellegent, gifted, understanding, optimistic, caring, creative...Einstien's clone!

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He's so cool! ^_^

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mr. elwell is a great teacher! the lab practicals are hard but the class is very fun and interesting and mr. elwell is creative in his teaching methods.

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Mr. Elwell's Physio class is hard...but he's a really nice teacher! He's generous and cares about his students. He's helpful and makes class fun!

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ICE COLD. enough said

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Mr. Elwell is a great teacher and mentor. He is one of the most effective influences on students and is like your friend. He makes Physiology fun.

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i took his physio/anatomy class as a junior. he was an awesome teacher and presented the material in a clear and interesting manner. ~ c/o '01

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MR. Elwell is the BEst teacher EVER!!! he listen to students and helps them understand! even tho his class is tough..its worth it.

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MR. ElWELL iS COOOOOOOOOL!!

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This is the best teacher ever.I have him for physiology, and it's the hardest class ever, but he does a excellent job at making sure we understand everything.

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Mr. Elwell is my favorite teacher. He is very inspiring and positive. He has persuaded my friends and I to pursue the medical field. He is the #1 best teacher.

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He's so intelligent...I learned a lot...

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Mr. Elwell is one of my teachers that I will always remember as one of the few special and wonderful teachers I've ever had in high school. He's great!

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he's one of the greatest teachers i ever had...i just wish there was like a Mr. Elwell in a box to answer all my questions when im in college! :)

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uR tHe bEsT mR. eLweLL

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I had him for a semester as a sophomore...wish I could have had him the whole year..awesome teacher! Go class of 2000!

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