Average 4.48 based on 69 teacher ratings
Terry Caldwell is an English teacher at Somavia High School located in Gonzales, California and part of Gonzales Unified. Terry Caldwell's 69 teacher ratings contributes to Somavia High School's ranking of 1,108 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Somavia High School is 4.27 stars.
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Mr. Caldwell is a great teacher, but he does not exactly understand that some kids might not respond to all his yelling and screaming directed at them. He makes himself as scary as possible during the 1st semester in order to essentially scare kids into studying. As long as you study and make an effort to participate in class, he will seem much less hostile towards you. But kids who struggle early on are likely to be picked on him the entire year.

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I am a twelve-year graduate from Mr. Caldwell's Western History class. He taught me so much. I always go back to my textbook when I find it in used book stores. I find myself wanting his advice after so many years. He appreciates participation and the attention of his students. As a university graduate of 7.5 years, I am now thinking of contacting him for advice. He takes his job seriously, and his students are an obvious priority. The content he teaches can be difficult, but very worthwhile.

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He is a great teacher! I always look back to him and his wonderful teaching now that I'm a junior in college. If you have the chance to take his class, TAKE IT! All of these other reviews don't know what they are saying because they don't appreciate him now like I do now that I'm in college.

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Tough but a great teacher

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Mr. Caldwell is a GREAT teacher. I have SO much anxiety going to class (I'm a freshman.) Im pretty good at English and have an A, which I've worked HARD for. All I have to say is pay attention, review notes, do EVERYTHING he says and your good.

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I still have my heath grammar and composition book, and I'm very glad I was in his class freshman and sophomore years way back in the early 1990s. He was one of the best teachers I ever had. In addition to the content and academics, one also had to be extremely diligent and focused in order to succeed in his class. Those are two very important character traits for success in life.

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Terry Caldwell is the greatest English teacher I have ever had. He knows his grammar better than any teacher at Loyola or even in Los Angeles. Honors English II was tough, and there will be at least a hundred nights where one is up past midnight, but all the work pays off. A student learns to analyze literature, becomes a master at grammar, and a great essay writer. One will miss his class, I swear. Like he says, "Devil to us now, Angel to us later. Thanks Big T

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This class is an absolute nightmare. Mr. Caldwell is the type of guy who wants to make himself scary as possible. But that's beside the point. As mentioned below, the only area of English you'll see a substantial improvement on is grammar; he'll really drill those rules into your head, often yelling at you if you get them incorrect. He is almost of no benefit for literature; his literary exercises consist of brute memorization, and you don't really gain any analytical skills.

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Terryl is a terrible teacher. The only benefit that students attribute to Terry's class is their significant improvement in grammar. However, seeing that I had a solid foundation in grammar prior to his class, I learned nothing. His class consists of lecture and hostility towards students when asking questions. He provides the worst possible environment for a student to learn in, as he ridicules students who do not respond the way he wants them to. He uses fear to scare his students to learn.

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I've had Caldwell for 2 years now and Sophmore year does not even compare with Freshman year. Mr Caldwell is very strict and I think he likes getting on kids but overall he really is helpful. He makes himself available at all times morning

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This class is a NIGHTMARE!! He is a pretty good teacher, but his test screw you over every single time. He doesn't give that much homework though, but that MLA test was ridiculous :P. If you don't take notes, he will "crucify" you!!!

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Mr. Caldwell is by far the best teacher I have ever had, yet his Honors English 2 class is possibly the most difficult in the entire school. He gives lots of work and expects you prepare for tests and do homework up to his expectations. His grading scale may seem unfair, yet he is only harsh in order to make you a better student and a better writer. Be forewarned, Mr. Caldwell does not take kindly to those who refuse to study for his excruciatingly hard tests or who do inadequate work.

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His class is BY FAR the hardest class I have ever taken in my entire life. Students average two hours a night of homework, and his tests are extremely specific and hard to study for. However, despite all of this egregiousness, Mr. Caldwell is one of my favorite teachers of all time. I have never learned so much from one person. Like he says himself, he "is a devil to us now, but an angel to us later." I wholly believe in him and that statement. He is a God among men. Enjoy him, future Romantics!

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I am currently in his Honors English 2 class and he is amazing. Although he is sometimes strict, he is only being like that so we can become better writers. He is, in my opinion, one of the best teachers in this world.

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Terence G. Caldwell is the best teacher that I have had in my entire educational career. If you ever have the option of taking his class, while at Loyola High School, definitely. Why? Anything you want to do in the future, you need ENGLISH to do, whether, you want to be a writer, speaker, teacher, lawyer, attorney, critic, or another Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell, if you get the chance of reading this, this is the writing of a student on your period 5 freshman class (2011-12). SHOUT OUT TO CLASS OF '12

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Incredibly hard but rewarding class. Taking advantage of the morning tutoring he offers (he's actually really nice outside of class) really helps your grade.
Take his honors class. It's worth it.

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Him being mean and strict is all an act. If you go to the East Coast College Tour, he's the nicest and most caring teacher ever. Don't raise your hand unless you are 100% sure or you'll be screamed at. Always proofread your journals. His tests are an exact replica of notes you take. Study hard or you'll be "CRUCIFIED"

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he's one of the best english teachers, and he really makes you study and pay attention so that you dont fail. He gives you all the tools you need and you just have to use them

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Amazing teacher. You learn more than what is taught in all of middle school combined.

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Great class, leaned a bunch of stuff i didn't know, and learned how to write an essay. Also how to pull all nighters

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PRAISE CALDWELL!!!!

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Challenging class but this man knows his literature

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Difficult class, but pretty good teacher.

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Easiest class I ever took. His literature analysis was the simplest thing I could ever imagine. He was very generous in grading papers and skipped over grammar mistakes like it was nothing.

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His class isn't that bad if you just pay attention in class.

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I learned so much from this class despite my F/F research paper. If you don't study or you don't follow exactly what he says, he'll "slam dunk you in the water!!!"

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why's everyone giving him 5's for clarity? his essay grading is really subjective (i still dont know how he grades those things) and usually he dings you on a lot of details he didnt mention before

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Extremely difficult teacher, but definitely worth taking his class

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Very tough workload and very hard tests. It pays off eventually.

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Best teacher at Loyola High School!

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Mr. Caldwell you should not write your own reviews

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You cannot blame your grade in his class on him. He gives you the tools to succeed and if you dont take them....your being a bad little puritan.

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his class is so hard. but never has anything paid off so much. perfect 800 on the writing section of the SAT, and he gave me so much knowledge. Best teacher in the history of mankind. What a guy.

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got an A for 4 semesters.Tells you what you need to do to be successful in his class,it's a LOT,it's HARD, but if ur willing to do it, you'll be rewarded. really heavy wrkload. hard tests. very fair.

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Is am are was were be being been has have had do does did shall will should would may might must can could

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awesome. i am not doing so well in his class, but he has taught me so much.

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Dude Baldwell was so chill as my sub... but I just can't understand him :-)

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Least favorite teacher!

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He is definately the teacher u want to have for freshman year. For honors, he gives a lot of work, but he is a really good teacher. I had him for two years, and I am glad.

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I hate the class, bringing down my GPA, but I love the knowledge

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Broke his homework zero record for one midterm - 38.

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22 years later, and I can still remember bebeingbeenhashavehaddodoesdidshallwillshouldwouldmaymighmustcancould.I have no FRIGGIN' idea why I still know that. Good job Terry. He's hard but worth it.

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20 years ago I was a freshman at LHS. Mr. Caldwell & Dr. Wright (RIP) helped me become a great lover of lit. & a master at writing. If u can't handle Caldwell, don't go 2 college. You won't survive.

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i would hate to be his son, but his is ok

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...he's aiight.

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BRUTAL-A HORRIBLE PERSON (IN THE CLASSROOM)! Outside, he's VERY helpful, a great guy; I am a better student because of him; he puts everyone on the right track. Best teacher in USA

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don't procrastinate. brought down my other subjects'grades. i don't recommend the class if u have many other honors classes but my work was woefully inadequate. not worth extra pts

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Great guy... are you listening...SPONGES, what do you think??? Very difficult, but I'm sure it will be worth it. Sincerely, Mr.............

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Egotistical Maniac!! makes me and other students feel stupid, its like he goes out of his way to do that. He labels his students. ONE THING I KNOW>> I am a great writer b/c of him,

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I just got back my new SAT scores: 2400. Caldwell is responsible for an 800 on my writing and reading section. Arney really helped too. Mason was a joke in helping on this test

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this guy is an egotiscial maniac he thinks hes the greatest person ever hes a pretty good teacher but he believes the world is only english

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I'm in my first year of college. Caldwell's class saved my hind end for writing good papers. Guys who complain: stop crying about how hard Caldwell is. You'll be thankful later.

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One of the best teachers at Loyola High School. I laugh at guys that think he's too hard. Go to a public school, guys, if you don't want to be challenged or pushed. He pushed me

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how can people think this teacher is COOL????? He is practically ruining my life! I dont care if ill do better on essays after his class. He is so.... UGH!

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I was one of Caldwell's failures, got a C/B-. But thanks to him, 780 on SAT Literature, 800 on SAT Writing. 4 on AP3 test without taking course. I miss Hon2.

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Thanks to Mr. Caldwell, I got an 800 on the SAT II Writing exam. Hard class but a life-saver for future college needs. Tom Smith.

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hardest teacher in the school, nice person.. outside of class

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all rumors are truw as far as how hard the class is and how much you learn. U make up ur mind as to wether it's worth it or not. C wat hapend 2 me?

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One of the top English teachers in California, in my opinion. The guy's a genius and has a heart of gold in wanting to help his students.

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Hard teacher, but you learn your stuff. Be on top of your game if you plan to pass his class.

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Great teacher. Sophomores should stop whining, budget heir time, and you'll enjoy the class. He's an awesome teacher.

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seems meaner than he really is. dont let him intimidate you! if you dont like him...FEAR next year (if you have arney for ap3).

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Mr. Caldwell is a tough instructor. I despised the class while I was in it, but now that I'm in college and have been exposed to the English/Writing classes here, I thank Mr. Caldwell for doing what he did. He is excellent!

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TONS of work. Be prepared. Of all the classes I've taken at Loyola, Caldwell had the highest workload. If you're willing to put in the time, you can get a good grade...it's not impossible.

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