Average 4.84 based on 65 teacher ratings
Katherine Girvin is a Music teacher at Marshall Middle School located in San Diego, California and part of San Diego Unified School District. Katherine Girvin's 65 teacher ratings contributes to Marshall Middle School's ranking of 877 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Marshall Middle School is 4.21 stars.
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IN MY OWN WORDS. Katherine Girvin is an amazing teacher. I was her student for three years and my experiences with her were nothing but positive... any student who says otherwise either didn't practice (and if you didn't practice ain't nobody gonna like you in choir) or.... well actually that's about it. Girvin was and will forever be the most hardworking and considerate teacher I've ever had. Also, she's a vice principle of a high school now.... like BYE ms irwin

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There is no harder working teacher. She cares about ALL her students and pushes those who are not willing to pull their weight to make the whole group better. Her so called "favorites" were pushed harder than anyone because they WANTED to be pushed. This is an ELECTIVE. No one HAD to be there. Ms. Girvin is an amazing person and, since she left, the program has fallen in to complete ruin. Yup. She must have been a horrible teacher. Also I'm pretty sure she doesn't care what the haters think

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Wonderful! Best ever! I miss her.

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plays favorites. disorganized. too competitive

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I agree that the choir does sound great, but she crosses the line too often, as she is a bit too friendly with her favorites to the point where I believe other students feel alienated. Additionally, she is temperamental, politically-biased, and dare I say scheming. Many love her, but even her favorites have had drama with her. I believe more professionalism is needed and a clearly defined teacher-student relationship rather than have that fine line blurred.

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Okay let's face it, the women plays favorites and everybody knows it and she doesn't try to hide it. While the choir sounds pretty good most of the time, solos are not given to the most talented singer as much as they are given to the most liked singer by her. She demands excellence but goes over the top sometimes. Seriously, I worry for her sometimes because she stresses out way too much. Don't think she'll be here much longer, but whatever fine by me.

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Ms.Girvin is honestly my role model, she is nothing but inspirational and helpful. She takes her students as one of her own and helps them to become the best they can be. She never gives up on you and takes you to your highest potential. It's truly a task to fail her class, if you do your job and work hard, she will have nothing to penalize you for. This is my first year and i already have seen so much improvement in my voice already. She not only acts like a teacher but like a second mom. <3 U!

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Ms. Girvin was honestly one of the best teacher I had at Marshall Middle. She helped make those years easier knowing I would have a great time in her class. She created a family-like environment between all of us and we all loved each other. Her class taught me a lot and gave me new friends that I would have never had. :) All y'all who hate her better back off. If you don't like her don't take her class.It's an elective and not required.

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She is an amazing teacher. i would do anything to have her as a teacher!!! My parents wouldn't let me take her class this year, but last yer in wheel was great. I hope I can be in choir next year. the Chamber kids are awesome!

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She is an amazing leader and prepares her students not only for choir events but also life events like having bosses and having a job. She teaches us to work hard. She listens to students and is very kind and understanding. She taught me a lot about music and gave me so much confidence through all of her love and support :) Ms. Girvin is a wonderful person and an even better teacher! I love her and anyone who says anything bad about her is wrong <3

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Like someone already said she really is a hard worker and definetly a leader.I was fortunate enough to be in four of her musicals and sing in her choir for three years. She has never played favorites once.She, just as a buisness owner would, rewards those who work hard. If you worked at a resturant and you could't pull your weight you would be fired, not rewarded. Use common sense. Anyway, if I could say one thing, I'd say thank. You're an amazing person and I'm lucky to have know you. Thank you

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She is my favorite teacher. She is a leader, not a follower. Overall an excellent worker, as you can see in her choirs and plays, and also an amazing person. She has been a role model in my life and has helped me through very tough times. I hope she finds a job where people actually appreciate all of her hard work one day. Thank you for the amazing times. I look forward to the rest of the year.

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I had an amazing time in her wheel. I learned so much and had an amazing time. Don't be obnoxious and actually work hard. I also can't blame her for favoriting some students over others, don't expect her to treat your like gold if you misbehave or don't try hard! Again and amazing teacher, it was simply an honor being her student.

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She is crazy and yells at students. She spends the night at people's homes and sleeps in bed with students. Really weird. She has no friends and hangs out with kids All the time. She tries to play matchmaker with junior high kids too. She has favorites and gives them parts in plays before auditioning other kids. She needs to be fired.

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Everybody says that she has favorites. And YES. She does. But there is one thing you must understand. SHE ONLY REWARDS THOSE WHO WORK HARD. Simple. And it's not about talent. Like we always say "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

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Ms Girvin is one of the best wheel teacher I had. Music history was very easy to past. We just made up question that tried tricked the class so we get candy.

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Ms. Girvin is definitely not the average teacher. She has one principle that she never bothers to keep quiet about: anything can be achieved through hard work. She has worked very hard for her students, and she can tell who works hard and who doesn't. She is also very social with her students. She reaches a level of understanding with them that most teachers ignore. Many teachers come to school with ideas for their own personal goals and benefits. Ms. Girvin does the same, but for her students:)

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A lot of people may say she plays favorites, but the thing is if you think like this you're probably just really lazy. Of course she would favor the students that actually work hard. The people who say she is unfair, are just lazy, ignorant, pompous, dimwitted, and just jealous of the people that actually work hard in her class. If she was so unfair and mean to her students why would she have 300 students in her class and why would she take trips with the students? She's amazing. We love her!!!

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shes not the lady everyone thinks she is. shes certainly not nice behind the scenes and plays favorites non stop

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I LOVE MS. GIRVIN!!! SHE IS AMAZING! (Luv Ya Girvin!) ;D

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omg i had ms girvin for music this year and she was sooooo amazing i cant beleive i was lucky enough to get her. i cant wait till next yaer in choir!

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Ms.Girvin is soooooooo awesome!!She's like the best teacher ever!!!

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Ms. Girvin is amazing. Although her class is crazy hard, I have learned so much from her, and she is like a mom and a friend. Ms. Girvin, we love you!

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OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE MS GIRVIN TO DEATH!!! She is my favorite teacher ever, and she always will be. She is amazing! She really believes in making the best singer that you can be and she really wants the best for you. She believes in your well-being and she is simply amazing! She makes so much progress through the year! She's so sweet, and I think the world of her. She is always there for me, and I really appreciate that. We love you so much, Ms. Girvin! You are the best teacher ever to live! <3

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her class is SUPER HARD. (5 stars for easiness means very hard, not the other way around). I should acknowledge though that she is really really dedicated and talented at what she does, but I had to quit choir because there was so much pressure. But, if any of you can handle the pressure, then you should join choir because she really knows how to make a choir really excellent, and going on the trips to disneyland and beyond is really rewarding. but only if you're up to the challenge!

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ms.girvin is AMAZING. anyone who thinks of her poorly is WRONG. she is just like a best friend to all of her students and teaches them the goodness in life through music. anyone who downgrades her beauty and talent should get an appointment with their local therapist. she is loved.. has been loved. and always will be loved.. by her students.. did i mention that we all love her? love, her favorite students <3

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If you think Katie Anne Girvin is anything less than extraordinary, you're wrong and stupid. You need to get your priorities straight and get your head out of your rear end. She has taught all of us so much and even made us good enough to be invited to New York and sing at Carnegie Hall. We're awesome. She's awesome. You, sir, whoever put up a bad review, you are not awesome. Just think about that. Parents have also commented frequently on how much better their children's grammar is as well :)

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AMAZING teacher! I look forward to spending another year with her! :D

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Really great teacher/director/person (in general)!

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Great !

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She changed my life. A few years ago, I was a so-so singer with okay acting abilities. However, in my first production with her, I was thrust in to the world of musical theatre and was able to land great roles in plays ever since. She has helped me every step of the way as well as various others. I owe the past few years to her. Without her, I would not be the person who stands here today.

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Great teacher! Loves students and they love her. The students have literally travelled the world with her.

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Hilarious! Random comments, due to stress, are very funny (she said good job when a random person laughed). Works her...foot off for students and is very loving. Gets to know students personally and one can tell that students feel the most comfortable around her than any other teacher. Her choirs are excellent and so are the musicals! Looking forward to many more years of her hard work and excellence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fantastic teacher! Great director and all-around great person. She always gets the job done and gives the roles to people who truly deserve them...for the most part. Even if your her favorite, you ALWAYS get the role you deserve. SAVE HER JOB!

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Ms. Girvin is a great choir teacher! She works so hard, and she is always pushing us to the best. She brings us on great trips and competitions,and she is nice, and strict enough at the same time. She will help you, and record songs for you on the piano so you can go home and practice.

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My star what a wonderful person she is. Her choirs are amazing and her grammar is top notch (her clear distinction between I vs. me has improved the children's grammar quite a lot). I do thank her for her exceptional work. Thanks.

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Ms. Girvin is the best teacher I've ever had. She taught me so much, and changed my middle school experience. She made me interested in choir and made me love the class. I love her so much, and I don't know where I would be without her. She changed my life, and even though she is no longer my teacher, I still look up to her and I'm glad she's still in my life. We all love you, Ms. Girvin, especially Sarah B. :)

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Ms. Girvin is an amazing Choir teacher she is the best over all we just came back from A big Competition up at Fulerton College. All 4 Choirs got gold Beginning Intermediate Advanced(me) and Chamber. Advanced and chamber got back from CARNEGIE HALL 2 months ago all thanks to Ms. Girvin. Without her the Choir program will decline and many kids lives will be ruined in middle school... im a student in adv. choir and loves her ... im working on a huge solo right now so wish me luck :)

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Katherine Girvin is the best thing that has ever happened to this school. If we lose her, then we will have nothing left to look forward to next year for the choir's future. You feel very comfortable talking to her, and she understands what you're going through. She helps you learn responsibility and many important life lessons. She's an extraordinary choir teacher, and helps us reach our full potential. WE LOVE YOU, MS. GIRVIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I love Katherine Girvin, she's a wonderful teacher, and all the kids love her. She gives the kids such wonderful constructive criticism, but is never mean.

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There is a reason why there a 6, I say, 6 pages of comments showering Ms. Girvin with praise...and with GOOD reason. Her shows are high-school level (and usually better than...) and are always getting bigger and better. Casting choices are incredible and helps showcase every students unique individual talents. Her choir is also amazing (hence the performance in CARNEGIE HALL). Pink-slipped again this year is a total shame and is awful as well as a pain lurking in my heart to know...

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Ms. Girvin is amazing even on her off days xD She can make us all laugh yet she is able to get on an emotional level with us. I'm going to miss her SO much next year :*(

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Ms. Girvin is the best teacher in the world and could not be doing a better job! Shame on the computer that pink slipped her! SHAME I SAY!!!!

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Ms. Girvin is the best teacher i have ever had!

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She is an amazing teacher. you rock mrs Girvin

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Mrs Girvin is the best teacher in the universe please dot I beg cut choir!!! Mrs Girvin is amazing and she changes everything in the world!

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she is the best teacher ever and she was born on the wings of an angel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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best choir teacher in the world she turned our average middle school choir Into an award winning family of singers. We love her!!!

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I love Miss. Girvin. She is the best teacher on the planet. Once she took over the choir half the school signed up. PLEASE DONT CUT CHOIR!

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Ms. Girvin is the BEST choir teacher ever!She understands and loves all of her students.Because of her we have transformed our choir to one of the best in San Diego, and in California.Ms.Girvin expect

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She is the BEST Choir and Drama teacher EVER. She is VERY PRETTY and an AMAZING singer. She also has a heart of gold!

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Ms. Katherine Girvin is an amazing inspiration to us all. She as transformed our choirs tremendously~ I love you!!

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My daughter has gone from an indifferent student with marginal grades to straight A's with all the effort a parent could ask for. Miss Girvin deserves a lot of the credit. SHE IS FANTASTIC!

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Miss Girvin has completely transforned our choirs. She is absolutely amazing

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From Into the Woods to High School Musical 2, the talented Ms. Girvin has been able to pull off amazing shows from the VAPA department at MMS since 2010. Amazing choir/drama classes! Bravo Ms. G!

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Ms.Girvin you are the best teacher ever you have made a huge difference in my life. You are also amazing at a lot of things and i know that you really made marshall worth going to carnegie hall.

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Ms. girvin, you have seriously changed my voice and life and both in great ways. I learned self dicepline. She also made me comfortable telling her anything. I know I can trust you. ~ lauren <3

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Ms. Girvin is the bomb. She's awesome and we're tight like peas in a pod. She's the coolest person and teacher ever! We love her! - Sarah B.

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Ms. Girvin is the bomb. She's so cool and we're so tight like peas in a pod. We all love her so much and she's the best teacher ever! - Sarah B.

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Miss Girvin is a fantastic teacher! She is so incredible for directing three choirs and a drama and guitar class! I love her so much and I hope she can stay our choir teacher!

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Best teacher I ever had!!!

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i have her for drama luv her but she seems to like her choir better then drama

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really cool.

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She puts on the best musicals. Coming from a parents perspective, her choir performs great, it is all because of her great help! Thanks Kate!

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The best! However, many others don't appreciate her strict teaching, but I believe it makes us stronger. Have you heard the choir this year? It is astounding! Ms. Girvin made my life great!

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my favorite teacher

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She is the reason I joined choir next year! She makes learning really fun. I couldn't go to school without her choir class! She rocks! She is also my favorite teacher of this year!

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