Average 3.7 based on 75 teacher ratings
Sandi Plotkin is a Math teacher at J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne located in Bayside, New York. When comparing Sandi Plotkin's ratings to other teachers in the state of New York, Sandi Plotkin's ratings are below the average of 4.33 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne is 4.39 stars.
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Strict but helpful to most of the students(but I don’t really like her sometimes)

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Plotkin pushes you away when you confront her about an issue you are having and sometimes, she yells at the entire class for a mistake one person made. She claims to prepare you for the Algebra I Regent yet we are still omitting questions just a week away from the actual Regent.

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I totally hated her when I had her as a teacher, but she got me a high score on the regents. She teaches well and prepares you for the regents well too. My only complaint is that she gives way too much hw.

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I had Plotkin as an 801 student in the class of 2015. She was mean if you didn't do what you needed to do. She was hard on you at the begining of the year, but she was nice and cheeky at the end of the year. She was funny at times with her "yoo hoo!"-ing and such. Her 'legend' lives on as me and a few of my friends even made a song called "up there". She really was nice at the end of the year. Here's a challenge tho- getting her to sign your yearbook! Have fun with the Plot!

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i love her she is the best teacher ever

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She is extremely strict and calls on you a lot. She gives detentions and calls parents for minor things and everything has to be done in HER way no matter what. She isnt loud unless shes screaming at someone so sometimes its hard to hear her.

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she made my child afraid to go to school. -o.p.

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She's strict, but only ever mean if you really get on her nerves. Just pay attention in class and do your homework. Also, no nonsense. No laughing at other kids either, she makes you write letters. She does review a lot, so don't worry.

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Mrs. Plotkin is the best teacher I had ever had. Although she was strict, I enjoyed having her as my teacher because she is a teacher willing to spend time to help her students. My previous teachers never yelled at the class because they didn't care about the student, but Plotkin did. She wanted to make sure we did all our work the best we could.

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Mrs. Plotkin, I admit, is very strict, and she can be scary at times when she's ticked off, but she means well, and she wants her students to do well. She actually can be nice if you listen and follow her instructions, and she's willing to help you if you're struggling in math. And unlike other teachers, she actually cares too about her students, e.g. their grades, etc.

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Ms. Plotkin is an effective teacher. That is how I will describe her in a sentence. She might SEEM mean, and I do agree that the no water policy is a bit harsh, but she is NOT mean only strict. As many people say, and as I'll say, "It is her way, or the highway." If you do work her way, she will not be angry. She only gets angry when we don't do work the right way. She will get annoyed if you ask questions; so JUST PAY ATTENTION! Then the year would be enjoyable. She even makes jokes sometimes!

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teaches very well and reviews a lot before tests.
gives out a little homework and always goes over it.
but.....
gets people so scared they don't want to talk or ask her anything.
funky memory
Calls parents and gives detention for little things.

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She can be very stringent and difficult to learn with, but that doesn't stop the fact that we actually learned something from her class. Her charm is laudable and it doesn't distract me from learning. However, her temper was and is pretentious.

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She may be scary, also having my scores drop in math, but I actually understand what I'm doing in math now, as eerie as it sounds

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For all those people who hate her, she does yell a lot and makes her tests hard, but she does that for the good of the students. She will be nice if you follow all her directions. She really cares about how we do on the regents and in high school, or she wouldn't bother checking homework, making comments on what we did wrong, and yelling at us. She doesn't waste her time for the fun of it. She yells so we'll remember to do the correct thing next time. I have never learned so much from anyone.

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she's strict but she will def help in your math career and you'll thank her for it later on in life

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As many people think Ms. Plotkin is hard... SHe is the best teacher anyone can have3 and i love her. She acutally taught me how to do math and I will always have her in my heart

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She is the most scary teacher I have ever had, I am to scared to even raise my hand because if I get the answer wrong she will most likely yell at me I used to be average in math but she makes me feel afraid to ask questions people might understand the problems if she just for once tried to be nice and not yell all the time people would learn something and raise there hands more often. I just wish she didnt yell so much then I would improve a lot my average has been destroyed just because of her

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Okay listen up. If you are here because you about to go in to your 8th grade year and you just found out you have Ms Plotkin, don't start freaking out. Okay, she is strict. Everything you've heard about her is most likely true. You will hate her in the beginning of the year. She will annoy you with her homework and how she only likes things HER way. But trust me, by the end you will end up thanking her. Her annoying things mean something so listen to her and you will pass the regents.

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She is very strict. Gave me detention for putting my hand on the window sill..... waiting for 8th grade to end!!!!!

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Really strict teacher but really helpful. You may hate her when you have her, but once it's all over you realize her being strict really helps. Definitely one of the most helpful teachers I've ever had

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Worst teacher of my life.From day one,she has been very intimidating.She gives you hw problems on things i have never learned in my life and i feel like i have been teaching myself this whole year. She marks a problem wrong if she can't read it even if you have impeccable handwriting and cuts you off when you try to explain yourself.Once when my class couldnt solve an ex. she compared us to 892( the special need class). I suggest transferring out of her class the first chance you get.

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i think Mrs. Plotkin is a wonderful teacher, even though she might be strict sometimes. I am in her SP class and she never yells. She gives clear instructions and never yell at you if you did somethin

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She is a very strict teacher, and if you don't do everything she asks, you will get yelled at. Nonetheless, she is still a knowledgeable teacher, but is still very strict.

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mean thts all i hve 2 see screams at us everyday nd i hvent even finshed her class yet she is something else i wil never like her

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She taught me how to add and subtract <3 She is really strict but she will help you get through high school.

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I did well in her class. 98 average :D im in stuy now. she cant really teach, u can get alot of money from selling hw

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She's da worst teacher u cud ever get. She'll torture u till u cry- follow directions, do h.w the way she wants you to do it,

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ure the best... even though ure strict ure reasonable.... Lol she took away my fone - 822

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she is so bad and she's been in the school since the beginning of time. when u graduate u will be happy to be rid of her, ur grandparents might have had her as a teacher, she is despicable

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thank you sooooo much Ms. Plotkin. You taught us really well. Now math in high school is getting easier and easier - Verina 824

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if you do all you're homework you will pass

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Mrs. Plotkin killed my average, so naturally, I hate her. I can't say really how well she taught because I already knew everything :D Anyways, she should retire already -_-

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She's alright. Taught us very well.

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Mrs. Plotkin may have gotten mad at me a lot, but she taught us very well. If you're reading this, Mrs. Plotkin, you were right about the things you taught helping in high school. The Ramon 824

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SHE IS SO F***ING AWESOME.

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Come on guys, she's not that bad. Sure, she's hard, but you'll learn in her class. Toughen up. You'll be grateful that you learned how to work hard in her class when you're in high school.

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she wuz only mean so we wud do ourr work, nd ppl who hate her are ppl who usually dont work very hard. now im in bronx science nd i have 100 math average. so dont complain.!

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she's really hard but you learn so much

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she's not really the nicest, but she's not as bad as people say. although...her laugh scares me sometimes. yikes. and her OTHER STUFF..if u noe wat i mean

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Altough a good teacher, she can explode at times and scares me!

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She does not help the children. If they have difficulty, they are on their own. She is not a good teacher.

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Had her back in '92 or '93. She terrified me but I learned a lot. She just doesn't take BS and being a 1st-year teacher myself, I respect her that.

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Ms. Plotkin was the best math teacher I've ever had. She taught the lessons in a way that was understandable for students and is a very dedicated teacher

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i think ms. plotkin tries her best to be nice. her tests are kinda confusing though cuz she combines things from other lessons. but im sorta failing her class...

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I have her now and I guess she's pretty mean... but actually, if youdo your work properly she respects you. but i still know that she's scary.

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I had Ms. Plotkin in 8th grade. I'm in 10th now and still shudder when I hear her name. She constantly told us that we were going to fail our standardized tests and we were hopeless. Strangely enough, we all did very well.

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I hope she can explain things more clearly in class. Many times my child didn't know how to do her homework. When we asked her,she said she didn't understand what the teacher said.

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She was the worst teacher I ever had, Did not give me a chance to learn If i misunderstood something she wouldnt help

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i have her now and shes losing it she forgets stuff thats sad shes screaming more tahn usual she expects u to noe every thing

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she's cool!

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You know, i have her and since i was in 6th grade i heard horror stories, but i think shes amazing! I've never been great at math but this year im doing good!

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just wanted to say that i'm a townsend harris student that had her.... if you're actually considering coming here and think shes hard, dont come.

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shes not so bad...at least she prepares us for hs if you dont have her or never had her you shouldnt be talking bout her shes only strict but pretty ok!!!

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I had her last year.......GOSH DAT LADY WAS MEAN.......BUT BESIDES DAT SHE TEACHES GOOD

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She is very helpful but when it comes to prepareness or homework she goes balistic.

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She always has us take out the textbooks from the desk & just picks random questions and calls on ppl and puts them on the spot.

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she expects to much out of students calm down geez

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She is a good teacher it is just that people expect to do well without even trying. Why don't u guys just try and do some work.

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all ihave to say is i had her in 8th now im in 10th and i kno a lot! she was so hard but it pays off even tho you will NEVER think it will

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I think she really is kool.

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She's very strict...

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She rocks!

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My WORST teacher ever!
So MEAN!
She fails u for missing one homework!

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she is okie i think

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OMG I HATE THIS TEACHER! SHE DOESN'T TEACH AT ALL. SHE FAILED ME ALL YEAR ROUND. DIDN'T EVEN GIVE ME A CHANCE!

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She is ok...but she is ok

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overall i would have to say that this teacher is an ok one. but sometimes...SOMETHINGS can get really distracting especially during summer...

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J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne is located in Bayside, New York with an average teacher rating of 4.39 stars. When comparing J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne's teachers to other teachers in the state of New York, J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne's teachers are above the average of 4.33 stars. J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne ranks 293 amongst all Middle Schools in the state of New York. Learn More