Average 4.72 based on 52 teacher ratings
Sean Fottrell is a Science teacher at Castro Valley High School located in Castro Valley, California and part of Castro Valley Unified School District. Sean Fottrell's 52 teacher ratings contributes to Castro Valley High School's ranking of 1,137 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Castro Valley High School is 4.16 stars.
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Material is difficult and too theoretical, could try to make it easier to understand at the high school level. Liked when he talked about more practical topics. I short circuited my house and instead of freaking out too much, I remembered when he taught about it. He makes his own tests which don't match up to the textbook. Tests should be more straightforward but he makes them unnecessarily complicated.

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Favorite teacher, easy to understand and very enjoyable

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Wonderful teacher who is very passionate about his job.

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He loves to teach, which is more than what most teachers at CVHS can say. He's also clear, concise, and interesting. And he's a freaking genius too.

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Mr. Fottrell is one of the best teachers I've encountered. He is passionate about physics and explains the subject with clarity and depth. His class isn't exactly easy, but work hard and you will find the class to be very rewarding.

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Hands down one of the best educators at CVHS. I have never met a teacher better at explaining material to students. When he is lecturing you can see his passion for his subject which diffuses to the class and makes learning physics (a tough subject) engaging and enjoyable. While he is not always relatable on a personal level he is an absolute pleasure to learn from.

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super good teacher. enjoyed the class and he actually made it interesting and easy to learn. you are lucky to get him

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Not only brilliant, nerdy and lovable, but also interesting as a teacher and a person.Has a very reasonable class policy, an infectious passion for physics and a lot of patience. Best teacher at CVHS!

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I disliked having him for physics very much. He is not helpful, unclear, and irresponsible in many ways. If he's better than Pinsky, Pinsky must be TERRIBLE.

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Sean Fottrell is a nice, helpful, caring, and all around great guy. He makes learning physics fun and easy. He knows what he's talking about, and is able to explain it in a simple, yet in-depth way. O

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Great physics teacher

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Mr. F! He is a really great teacher and is totally enthusiastic about it.

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Best physics teacher ever.

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After taking many advanced physics courses at a UC, I can honestly say that no teacher I had was as good as Fottrell. He is ability to make complex ideas understandable is amazing. great teacher.

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fottrell is the GOD of physics. He is no doubt the best science teacher ive ever had. and i mean ive ever had. his classes are always fun, but the tests are hard, he curves A LOT tho. best class ever!

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He was really into what he was teaching. He doesn't like slackers or people who don't pay attention. But he really knows what he's talking about and he loves teaching. You will learn a lot from him

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yeah you might not get an A or even a B in the class but it's definitely worth taking. His passion for physics is infectious and everyone loved him. Youre prolly bitter about your grade if you dont.

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he's a good teacher, he knows what he's doing, very helpful when you ask him questions and makes class interesting...

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extremely good teacher, knows his stuff, great demonstrations and stick figures, best explanations ever make seemingly hard physics a breeze

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Has a lot of passion for what he teaches. Really hard class though and have to keep up with notes and labs. Tests are really hard especially short answer, but he curves a lot (MUCHO). Awesome teacher

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cool teacher and good demonstrations!

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awesome teacher. easy going, knows what he's teaching, and he helps you understand it better.

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mr. fottrell renewed my love for the science and i respect him for that.

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Great at drawing stick figures, straight lines, and circles. He is very knowledgeable and knows what he is doing but he puts me to sleep.

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A Great Teacher, has a passion for what he does. Made physics enjoyable and easier to understand with his enthusiastic demonstrations. One of the best teachers i've ever had.

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GREAT TEACHER! Although I found physics hard to understand, he was willing to help. Doesn't mess around so he expects you to shut up and learn in class. Would highly recommend him.

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Mr. Fottrell didn't like me! Made me feel uncomfortable in the classroom. But he still knew his stuff.

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Total teaching passion. Makes very advanced topics in physics accessible to the less science inclined. Has the most endearing personality ever.

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he draws great stick figures

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Fottrell is awesome!

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i want to bring fottrell to college with me. funny, brilliant, and loves funny brilliant students. made advanced physics fun... he must be some sort of deity

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Dude. I'm in his class now and he is the man to learn how to draw from and to make physics fun.

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OMG! Mr Fottrell made Physics fun with all his demostrations and explanations for things. I actually enjoyed the class

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The subjects are hard but the man is... well, I won't say easy, but he's an awesome teacher.

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Congrats on the baby, Mr Fottrell. She is adorable!

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I think Fotrell should be a college professor. I'm in college now and no one has explained physics better than Fotrell.

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i am still enjoying the class!!!!

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Very cool guy, but seriously...should be less sympathetic toward us sometimes =)

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he is so into teaching! he makes physics so fun!!

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He is the only teacher who is challenging and yet fun. HOW?!?!

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So nice, super smart and FUNNY! My favorite class!!!

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Fotch is the man at drawing stick figures, thats what I learned in his class.

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Man, this class is cool. Kinda challenging, but interesting. Cool guy.

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that physics class man...too much black magic. field trip was off the hook

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weird guy, but he's trying his best.

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very hard (honors physics at least) but made the class fun

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awesome guy

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best science teacher at the school.

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