Average 4.71 based on 94 teacher ratings
Jim O'Brien is a Physical Education teacher at Arcadia High School located in Arcadia, California and part of Arcadia Unified. Jim O'Brien's 94 teacher ratings contributes to Arcadia High School's ranking of 1,213 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Arcadia High School is 4.15 stars.
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I am a parent and I have observed him treating every kids with such effective method, passion and discipline. He does not give favoritism or special attention or treatment to the star athletes. He helps out every kids who are willing to try hard and he took time to set their individual goals. He does not allow the children to make excuses, nor does he blame the children when they failed competition.

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Funny and nice guy! Makes PE enjoyable for the most part, excluding the fact we have to run a lot. He makes you try and seems like he cares about you improving even if it's just PE. Not as easy of an A as opposed to other PE teachers. You have to make a real effort in his class if you want to succeed.

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Idk why the school thought it was okay to fire him from his position as head coach. He's such a nice person.

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AMAZING PE teacher. He is polite, has a sense of humor, and helps/encourages others often to build up their confidence. If you have him, he is a pretty easy A and easy to have fun, although he does encourages more running.

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The greatest coach ever. I couldn't be the athlete I am today without him. He is willing to help anyone.

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Coach O'Brien is,hands down, the most amazing cross country coach in the state, and probably in the country, in my opinion. Not only does he take the time to help each one the athletes, but he also pu

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Loved having Obrien as a PE teacher. He was always late, so you'd have tons of time to talk with peeps, and he was one heck of a story teller. I eventually joined cross country and he is one of the be

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He was an easy A to me :) Great coach and helps and gives pointers. He encourages you to always try your hardest and he's got a friendly personality!

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Great coach!

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O brieen is hard, but in the end puts in his own time for you, for you to strive your best

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Everyone always laughs at whoever gets O'Brien for pe, but he is the BEST pe teacher there is. Everyone always says he makes you run a lot, but he doesn't. You get a lot more time to talk with your friends since he's always late, too. He's funny and tells great stories. Great man!

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best coach ever!

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NOT hard at all, don't be fooled into thinking he's hard. He's intense and passionate about sports, but he barely makes you run, except for the regular one lap a day, but that's every teacher. We had to run just 3 miles in a whole semester, HAHA! Also, he makes the 'tournaments' and stuff really competitive which is a great thing. Awesome, friendly personality. Only knock against him is how late to class he usually is. What does he do before class?

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BEST COACH EVER!!!!! WON OUR SCHOOL CIF, STATE, AND NATIONALS!

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Fantastic, builds confidence n stuidents, friendly too

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awesome man there ;D

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a great xc coach, but likes to give speeches, don't get on his bad side or your in for a long lecture.

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I had him for sophomore PE. As long as you do what you are asked, you're good.. I give a 3 for helpfulness because what do you need help with in PE? haha. He is always making sure his students are clear with what he wants and expects.. Overall I personally think he's a good teacher; others in his PE class mostly don't like the running portion.

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Funny and encouraging :D. Late all the time except during track meet.

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funny teacher

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In freshman PE he doesnt even make you run as much as the other teachers. People may think hes really harsh but hes really not. He comes probably 20 minutes late to class and people just talk.. we probably do PE for about 15 minutes and just go dress again. Really don't do much at all.

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Loves making the class run the mile, though he encourages you while running, i started his class with a mile time of 8:30, i left it with 7:28

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Very funny teacher but makes you run waaaayyy too much. A girl left his class once because he told her to shut up and he tells stories about his track team that we dont care about. He also told us a story about a squirel he "saved" but he did really keep a squirel i saw it soo cute then he let it go and he says it keeps comming back to his tree in his backyard.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

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spends way too much time telling us crap about cross country we don't really care about...

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Great speeches. 5 stars for his speaking. Should be a politician one day.

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easy most of the time the only problem i say people have with him is the timed stuff, everything else is awesome he gives encouragement, cracks jokes and shouts so you can never misunderstand him

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awesome he really cares about you hell listen to you when you need help when there something wrong great person someone you can realy on most of the time lol listen to what he says cause if you dont its your mistake (learned that the hard way) only knows whats best for you

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Oops lol I wrote a review on the wrong O'brien! Anyway, Uncle Rico is pretty cool aside from all the running

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DUDE HE IS THE AWESOMEST TEACHER/COACH IN THE WORLD. enough said

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hes by far the best coach at arcadia high, and probably in the area (noting all the awards hes won). hes a really funny guy and is very supportive of all his athletes and students. if you have him as an xc/track coach its going to be really hard but you improve ALOT and being on the team makes a great experience especially with their reputation.

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coolest guy in the world. hes like a 50 year old wild kid. i had him as a coach and i loved him, my friends had him as a PE teacher and they loved him, my cousin had him as a history teacher and he loved him.

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Pretty awesome PE teacher. Made a comment to me that I would always remember, " (My name), you're a great athelete, you just don't give a _____" LOL. yeah i was slacking in PE. =(

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Best coach i ever met. Very nice and cool.

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best man eveer

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O'Brien is god tier.

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xc was a great sport pushes you around to make you improve i improved from 7:30 to 6:11 in 4-5 months but p.e classes are a bit short if you know what i mean

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O'Brien is the most challenging of the P.E. teachers out there. Its either you're good at a sport or he will force you to be good at a sport.

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funny.. energetic.. just made me run a mile with my jeans on because i was late.. xD eh i deserved it.. but even when i started late i got around 7:50 >=D

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He's really funny and nice. His class was pretty fun.

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he is a very G teacher...... used to be in XC! awesome lol but he doesnt seem what he looks like.... u noe mean but he is funny and cool!

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Coach introd. me into XC, at 1st it was hard wit all those mileages, but then he gave me some words, *commitment* That was all I needed. I am working hard and I hope to get better on O'Brien's Army. Go Apache Harriers!!!!!!!!

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he's cool and super competitive. if you make him proud, he'll be like a kid and brag about it to all his classes. AND he nice to girls.

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he's a great coach and he knows how to teach athletes to achive states final. he works together with athletes. I hope every coach at AHS can be like coach o'brien. And he knows what u want sometimes talks joke =D

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he so cool expacully if u can run well and are good at sports

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xD haha I miss him. I have Franz now xD he's a great teacher. xD lots of lectures... but not so much running XD that counts at least xD hahahaha I remember I was pissed that I got a B for PE for him, but I'm happy now xD

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My daughter has incredible speed, but will only join XC if you coach. 3 cousins went to state and girl cousin is State champ. Ratings: gave you 5's. Never had you, but only heard about you.

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he's an okay teacher. just make sure you improve and you will get an A. or else you will have to do it again....*ahem*

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His lectures are obscenely long, but he also does his job by making sure we are exercising. A great PE teacher....too many miles.

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Really addicted to politics...but a great teacher in PE.

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Ay! O! Coach O'Brien! The Best! thats really all. Coached in track and in life. A Great man

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He's only the best alright? Totally AWESOME totally funny and just really nice to be around. Great teacher for surrre

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he is sooo funny and nice!! but he makes us run MANY miles...thats one thing i hated.. but i had him as a teacher for 2 full years!! totally cooL!!!

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AWSOME teacher, simply awsome. understands us and teaches you not only how to get in shape but life lessons too :D

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he really knows what hes talking about and he is hilarious.. although it is probably the hardest PE class, its also the best because he gets us in the best shape

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so funnny! he gets you in shape & understands if your hurting. best coach ever :)

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best coach on ahs campus, and history

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best PE teacher on campus!!!

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HE'S THE AWESOMEST ! WAS MY FAVORITE TEACHER ! BEST FOR MOTIVATION ! SURE, MAKES YOU RUN A LOT BUT IT'S WORTH IT IN THE END :]

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FUNNY GUY hahahahahahaha

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HILARIOUS, caring and he'll make u fit. even tho his class is more like XC den pe since u run for the most part of the class every day, itll be a memorable experience =)

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Best XC Coach in the country. I hope the team wins CIF State Finals!

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hes the best xc coach ever! GO XC!!!

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He seems like a really nice teacher b/c he's funny, but wait till he makes you run! He LOVES running. But if you participate and improve on your mile time he will give you an A.

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Cool teacher. Had him for PE. Got a bunch of EX-credit cause I taught pplz how to swim. Lots of running but overall fun class.

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we asked him why we dont have an AP P.E course, he responded, "this is AP P.E, now run 5 laps!" he WILL get you into shape

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Advertises his XC team too much. if u run well in his pe class, he will try to recruit you into his xc team. but funny guy and an A if u do your stuff.

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Knows how to coach XC but not a PE class... WE ARENT XC OR TRACK O' BRIEN!!! =p

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he understand us and takes running very serious, he knows how to coach. He makes things fun.

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FUNNIEST TEACHER EVER!

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he makes you run A LOT. but i don't mind because its healthy. he is hard in a way but he's cool and funny.

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he's soo hard. he's the track caoch and takes running WAY too seriously. he yells a lot. it's H.S not the ARMY.

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very cool and very easy. he can help u improve a lot

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he is very loud and funny

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COOL! teacher!!!

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yells way too much, takes his job WAY too seriously-- it's a PE class, not the Navy.

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why does he yell out what he's saying when i'm rite in front of him?

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He makes you run

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THE BEST made me Thower run with the CC guys

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never had him as a teacher, but he was extremely nice and helpful toward me.

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Unlike most teachers, he's human

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simply stated, he's the best pe teacher i've ever had, he made pe fun again

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COACH YOUR THE BEST

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at least he tries to be funny

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he makes u run a marathon until you faint, although a very cool guy.

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Great PE Teacher. Health Education is fun,especially human reproduction;)

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motivates students

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hez always mah coach..........

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ppl say he makes u run a lot but he doesnt, easy health

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wanta have his PE class again

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This guy is ridiculous, his jokes are terrible and his health teaching is worse

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a little intimidating, but a good guy underneath

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very funny and kool...he was very open about his life and made class fun... =)

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i swear this guy wears the shortest shorts in the whole school.

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harder than other pe teachers, but the funniest; u run a lot

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