Average 3.17 based on 66 teacher ratings
Kimberly Barben is a Social Studies teacher at Great Valley High School located in Malvern, Pennsylvania and part of Great Valley School District. Kimberly Barben's 66 teacher ratings contributes to Great Valley High School's ranking of 556 in Pennsylvania. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Great Valley High School is 4.38 stars.
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Kim Barber often gets a bad reputation as a teacher who will lower your GPA. In reality she is probably the BEST teacher Great Valley high school has to offer. She cares and sees the potential in her students and that is why her course is difficult. You will learn the most in her class and she truly gives you useful skills for academics at the next level, including college.It is a mistake to not take her class.

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She’s very mean and sometimes when you try to ask her for help she turns you down

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Miss Barben doesn't get cut any slack, everyone says she is horrible, but she really isn't. She's not the best teacher, only reads off the powerpoint slide but she cares so much for her students and tries her best to get every student to succeed.

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Tough teacher, about all I can say.

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Barben is Barben. She's tough, she assigns a ton of work, and she won't cut you slack. She rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but the truth is she makes you a better student.

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Ms. Barben is by far the most caring, supportive teacher you will ever have the privilege of having at Great Valley. She is hard on you but that is because she cares about you and she wants each and every one of her students to be successful. She goes above and beyond for her students and I promise she means it when she tells you she cares about you. Nobody will prepare you better for college and life after high school. Do your work, study hard, ask for help and you will do well!

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Ms. Barben was probably the hardest teacher I have ever had. She always would talk down to me and I did not get one A in her class. Normally I get A's but she takes points off the projects for stupid reasons. It's rediculous. She even called my parents in for a meeting and was very rude with my parents. I wish i could have transferred to another teacher but I think that anyone who takes her class deserves AP credits for her class. The amount of work I had to do was too much. I cried every night.

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As a History Teacher it is important to do simple thing, teach History truthfully and objectively. Ms. Barben has repeatedly went on small rants blaming and chiding the countries we learn about's history, even when kids of that country or group are present in class, and has also repeatedly sweared and cursed in class. Not to mention, though Pennsylvania is considered a liberal dominated state, completely brought bias, as with her 'credible sources' for assignments.

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I had her as a sophomore. I am a current college student and I will forever remember how bad Ms. Barben was. There's rumors that these good reviews she is receiving are done completely by her. I hope that her time at Great Valley ends soon so she can stop torturing students with her endless amount of work. I have never had more schoolwork in my life even compared to college.

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Ms. Barben is very rude and a bad teacher. I try to be very nice to her and turn in all my work and study for all my tests, but its just too hard to be in her class. I have had 3 projects just for her calss due this week, all of which i ended up getting a D on. She tries to make up organized but it's not happening. I try and try but she expects wayyyyy too much out of us.Im not trying to be mean, but i have 2 hours of HER homeowrk each night and can never be a kid

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Miss Barben is hands down the best teacher you will have in high school. There is no teacher who will stand up for you more or prepare you for college as much as her. I had her almost ten years ago and I honestly think about how much she has influenced me all the time. Yes, she gives a lot of work, but you will be thinking college assignments are easy when all your peers are struggling. Thank you Miss Barben! You're the best!

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very hard and gives way to much work. doesn't let kids ask questions and is very mean.

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bad teacher. she doesn't teach and gives way too much work. If you ask a question she doenst answer it because there isn't enough time during the class. How are you supposed to learn if you don't get your questions answered?

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She's very strict with what she wants. She always wants you paying full attention, and taking notes. When you do projects make sure to bring your part of the project in! She hates it when students forget their work.

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I LOVE Kim. others that craft these awful comments are closed minded to new learning techniques. If you just do what she assigns you pass the class. she knows the material she teaches and is very passionate about it. it's unfortunate that students can't see that or respect her. she is a lovely person if you are nice to her. it's hard to be nice when you have to take crap from everyone all the time. she deserves better. she's not an easy teacher, but you're in high school not elementary school

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Ms barben is a sweet, loving, and caring! Although she gives a lot of work, she defiantly helps you learn. You go ms barben, you go!!

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Ms. Barben is a strict teacher and she's hard on students, but despite all of this I feel I learned so much this year in her class. It could just be the curriculum, but I think with all the assignments she gives us the information really sticks. She can be unprofessional at times and she treats us like her own children-which can get a little strange. But overall the best thing about Ms. Barben is her snort when she laughs.

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Ms. Barben is actually a fine teacher, despite other comments that express their difficulties with her. Her homework

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I admire how much Ms. Barben cares for her classes and she goes into intricate detail when teaching. She tries to make her classroom homey and comfortable. However, her teaching style caters to a very specific learner, with poems, music (I cannot focus with Bruno Mars playing!), propaganda posters, stamps, etc and at the end of each MP we had THOUSANDS of pages of notes that did not help us much for the 125 MC question tests she expected us to do in 45 mins. She cares too much.

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Ms barben is an amazing teacher, even though people hate her and think her class is hell during sophomore year. She is incredibly knowledgable and really loves what she does, which is more than I can

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ms barben is the female equivalent to freddie mercury. she may seem hard but if you do all of the work bit by bit and dont procrastinate it's easy..well not easy but alright. i learned a whole lot in

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Sophomores give Ms. Barben a bad rep- She is by far the most knowledgeable/ dedicated member of the History Department, and deserves more credit for preparing students for harder classes yet to come.

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love herrr (:

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Alright. Do the work and get an A. Nice lady and a easy class. Stop complaining and work!

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She never answers any questions anyone asks her. If you ask her about the material that we're learning, she tells us to look in the notes that she forces us to fill with meaningless questions and pic

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Awful, awful teacher. If you get her, try to drop out or you will be in for a year of relentless pain. She makes you fill out hundreds and hundreds of pages of notes and does not explain any of it and

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She expects you to get 125 multiple choice and 12 graphic organizers filled out in 11/2 hours and if you don't you automatically get 50-80 points off

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Gives crazy tests, busy work, and doesn't teach her subject in the slightest. She seems passionate but needs to learn how to connect and teach her students. Ive been working my butt off and only a B .

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Great person, terrible teacher. Way to much work that is irrelevant to the subject and doesnt help. Notebook checks are worth more that the test, which are impossible to finish!

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I hate her class. Heres literally how it goes right after you turn in a project she gives you a month long project and expects us to do it in a week. She thinks that we spend all our time doing her hw

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i bet that this person is right. barben is writing all the nice comments about herself

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I love Ms. Barben. A lot of people go into her class SO negatively. I learned a lot from her. Just do the work and put effort into it. She's a great person and very helpful if you seek it.

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I love Ms. Barben. A lot of people go into her class SO negatively. I learned a lot from her. Just do the work and put effort into it. She's a great person and very helpful if you seek it.

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The worst teacher I have ever had. No social skills, she panics and gets frustrated easily and she hates children (she has actually said that once). She shouldn't be a teacher.

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I had Ms. Barben in 10th grade and now I'm in college. No college class I had was even remotely as hard as hers. What she taught me about writing the research paper is NOT how you write college papers

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Ms Barben is without a doubt the best teacher in great valley. The people who say otherwise are just lazy people that don't work for their grades. I still use her resources and guidelines!!

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Miss Barben is so sweet, she cares so much about her students.

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she is the worst teacher ever she gives projects for homework and she doesnt even teach her class she just makes you read packets and take notes every day

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She's a teacher that pushes her students to the max to prepare them for college. She cares for her students and will go above and beyond to help a student in need. Be lucky to have her!!

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Ms. Barben is a genuine, sweet woman. She loves her subject and her kids. If you actually work (God forbid) you'll have a great year.

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Ms. Barben has us do some pretty annoying work, and i'll be glad when next year comes. Its hard to keep up in her class, and theirs way too much homework. I don't like it at all.

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well when i went to get her to sign me for ap us (i had the grade required) she refused to sign it and then shouted to the whole class everyone of my flaws and reasons why i shouldnt go

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I like her, she is a pretty good teacher. It's just that her tests are too hard and she gives us projects and calls them homework.

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her test have the same questions repeated 5 times. she cant teach, she isnt helpful, and she loves candles way too much

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WOW I AM DUBASS

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you're a TEACHER!!! TEACH!!!! If i have to teach myself ONE MORE TIME i'm gonna take it to Mr. Fidler. You have no purpose and no friends. nobody likes you

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Too much busy work, it's ineffective and doesn't force the student to learn the material, more annoying than useful. She's not a bad person though.

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nice lady, terrible teacher. Maybe she should be a college professor and not a tenth grade teacher

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question for all of you people who gave smiley faces... WHY?!

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Ms. Barben has a very nice personality but her teaching style sucks. The quiet questions waste class time and her overly specific instructions are more frusrating than helpful.

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She's a great teacher!! She tries her best to help her students.

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Ms. Barben is a great teacher, she did everything for her students, she wants us to learn.

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All I have to say is...The Wall.

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Ms. Barben is such a wonderful women who is such a great teacher and she is a strong women. She has been through a lot these past four years, and I admire her.

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Come on...cut her some slack. She's a good teacher and even better person if you'd give her a chance....youll see.

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Barben Makes me feel so stupid i mean more than i really am

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she's the best teacher that i have ever had and the best teacher in Great Valley. students judge her based on rumors without giving her a chance. she's cool :)

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I don't even know what to say about her.

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she be trippin

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i hate her. shes a really bad teacher

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Despite what everyone says, she is a good teacher. We do a lot of work, but seeing as we're in school, I think that's appropriate.

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The class definitely was bad, but i can't complain because she liked me.

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Barben needs to learn how to teach! she has to realize that her way is not always right! i am sooooo happy i wont have her next year!

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Ok, she needs a new job, anything that doesn't involve teaching. The class can not be called global studies, all we did was draw pictures and write stupid QQ.

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she even makes studyhall a nightmare, refusing to write even bathroom passes!

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Makes you feel like you are in kindergarten but with 300 times the workload. and SHE DOESN'T USE A RULER!!!

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