Average 4.12 based on 50 teacher ratings
Shozo Shimazaki is an English teacher at Monta Vista High School located in Cupertino, California and part of Fremont Union High School District. Shozo Shimazaki's 50 teacher ratings contributes to Monta Vista High School's ranking of 1,263 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Monta Vista High School is 3.94 stars.
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I am very glad I had him as a teacher for one reason and one reason only. He is easy. I had almost no homework that entire year and I did terrible on the essays and still got A's. The reason he sucks is because he is super unclear about when he is teaching and talks for eeeeeevvveeeerrr. He probably says something that could be said in 5 minutes in 30.

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Mr. Shimazaki is by far the best lit teacher at MV. He is super nice and relaxed. He has "quotes quizes" where you have to guess who said the quote, but if you read, they are easy. If you go and talk to him you will find that he is super smart and friendly.

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I had a very fun time in his class since we didn't do anything difficult. Mr. Shimazaki is a very nice and understanding teacher but there isn't much work. The essays are graded moderately hard but the reading quizzes (Romeo and Juliet in particular) can be hard. Don't slack for those. Once you get to know him, Mr. Shimazaki is a very fun teacher who can be funny. Make sure you ask him to do a robot dance.

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Mr. Shimazaki is a great person, but not a great teacher. He has absolutely no authority over his class. He even lets you use your phone in class, even when he is giving lectures. There isn't really a lot of literature involved, it's mostly movies. He is kind, but it is a year of barely any learning. There are 2-3 essays and a lot of reading quizzes. His grading system is weird, too.
Ask him to do his robot dance though! He's really good...

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One of the best teachers in the school and will always help you when you need it. Also very patient and clear in his long but very insightful, interesting lectures.

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His class is really easy, his grading is almost too easy, and his class is really lax. You could literally take your phone out and use it in class while he is talking.

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If you get Mr. Shimazaki, be prepared for a year without lit. He's super chill, knows a lot about lit, but he doesn't teach ANYTHING. Ask him for feedback on an essay and you'll get none. You can sleep in his class, eat, do other homework, and pretty much whatever you want. Be careful to do all the readings carefully - slacking off on the quizzes is the only way you can end up with a B. Other than that, sorry lit-lovers, but you're in for a pretty pointless (yet somewhat fun) year.

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BEST TEACHER EVER! honestly the chillest teacher in mv. just that his class are boring, theres always one person asleep in his class, but he doesn't care as long we do our work. hes a very easy grader- even though he doesn't write much on your rough drafts, but those comments are actually very helpful. as long you follow what he tells you, easy A! or at least a B.

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Easy A for anyone

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This teacher is the best literature teacher one can possibly get. He is the coolest, nicest teacher I have ever had. He is very entertaining; no matter how sleepy people are, they never want to fall asleep. This course is very fun, we do lots of different activities and sometimes even get free time.

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This teacher is the best literature teacher one can possibly get. He is the coolest, nicest teacher I have ever had. He is very entertaining; no matter how sleepy people are, they never want to fall asleep. This course is very fun, we do lots of different activities and sometimes even get free time.

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This teacher is the best literature teacher one can possibly get. He is the coolest, nicest teacher I have ever had. He is very entertaining; no matter how sleepy people are, they never want to fall asleep. This course is very fun, we do lots of different activities and sometimes even get free time.

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This teacher is the best literature teacher one can possibly get. He is the coolest, nicest teacher I have ever had. He is very entertaining; no matter how sleepy people are, they never want to fall asleep. This course is very fun, we do lots of different activities and sometimes even get free time.

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This teacher is the best literature teacher one can possibly get. He is the coolest, nicest teacher I have ever had. He is very entertaining; no matter how sleepy people are, they never want to fall asleep. This course is very fun, we do lots of different activities and sometimes even get free time.

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This teacher is the best literature teacher one can possibly get. He is the coolest, nicest teacher I have ever had. He is very entertaining; no matter how sleepy people are, they never want to fall asleep. This course is very fun, we do lots of different activities and sometimes even get free time to do whatever we want! Please don't take the reviews below seriously, honestly, Mr. Shimazaki is a LOT better than he sounds in other reviews.

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I had Shimazaki in my Jr. year. Overall pretty easy class, but watch out for the reading quizzes. Because of his unusual grading system, every point matters. But class time is always super chill and relaxed.

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He's the coolest teacher ever. If you get him as a teacher, class will be so chill.

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he will not prepare you for any sort of future lit class, may it be sats, ap lit testing, or the next year's ap lit and other lit choices. Taking his class is like taking a one year hiatus from all learning of literature. You do not learn a single new vocabulary word in his class. It's useless, you'd be far better off getting a reasonable teacher. He also lets students run the class and ruin students who really want to learn

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I had him as a teacher about 10 years ago. He's the best teacher I had at Monta vista . He treats you like an adult so if your not mature enough to understand that and take advantage by screwing around or playing with your iPod etc. Then its on you. If you want to learn -pay attention . If you want to screw around and take advantage of him treating you like an adult, then goodluck in college because none of the teachers will hold your hand. They couldn't care less if you pass or fail!

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I loved him best teacher ever!!! He is right to the point you just get your work done and you are good to go. I loved having him as a teacher and I miss 6th period lit as do alot of my friends from that class.

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This is the class i slept in. This is the class i did math homework in. This is the class where I learned nothing except the blank verse which i had to find later. He is really chill about everything

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he's a really cool, nice, and understanding teacher. people text and use their ipods in front of his face and he doesn't say anything. essays and tests are a bit hard but easy A still.

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really really really really easy. we rarely write or do anything.

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extremely nice easy A

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loved him when i had him!

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He's awesome.

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not easy on essays, but easy on everything else. nice person, can be a doormat sometimes. he will offer great help when you ask. know what he wants in the essay by asking and you will get a high grade

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hes chill. he doesnt really teach much, but you can basically do whatever in class and he wont really care. reasonable but his class can get boring when he talks for a long time.

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good times good times

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doesn't teach.

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good teacher enjoyed his class

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im a freshman and im in his class.... I cannot pass a block day without an itouch or my phone...lolz e is very cool and does not care, while he grades his papers hard.. If you want an easy A, take it!

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What is there to say? It is an easy class, it is extremely boring, and bring your Ipod.

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The worst teacher I have every come across. He doesnt read the projects and gives you a grade completely based on neatness and how "pretty" the project looks. Should be an art class for 6 year olds.

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hes an ez teacher if u dont want any hw... but u better be a good writer cuz basicly ur grade is all on the papers but you dont do a single thing in his class lol and he doesnt care=D

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He's really easy but i don't think i actually learned anything in his class

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senior year is the time to relax. and shimazaki's class is the way to do it!

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he's okay, but he grades really weird. like on a 3 point assignment, he'll give you 2.8 out of 3.

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A very chill teacher, awesome to have and if you have him you are very lucky. He lets you do anything and makes learning fun. Great teacher.

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Great teacher, dont really learn alot but its sr. year who cares! Really nice!

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So nice and calm, lets me listen to mp3 player when he stops lecturing. Doesn't care about tardies, funny guy, smiles a lot. He teaches very good and not borin

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Mr. Shimazaki is the sweetest and friendliest teacher ever. His class was so chill. He made my senior year in high school much easier

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He's a really good teacher, nice as well as knows his stuff. Plus he's funny.

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HELZA FUN~!

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if your a sr. you'll love him, and he does the robot..lol everyone loves him

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1337 teacher, who can also do the robot :)

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helps alot when i dont understand, very cool

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