Average 4.69 based on 59 teacher ratings
Tom McGraw is an English teacher at Phillips Academy located in Andover, Massachusetts. When comparing Tom McGraw's ratings to other teachers in the state of Massachusetts, Tom McGraw's ratings are above the average of 4.37 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Phillips Academy is 4.3 stars.
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Best teacher ever

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Schools and teachers always talk a good game about "empowering" their students - Mr. McGraw empowers his students every single day by encouraging them to take chances, challenge dogma and broaden their horizons. Frankly, he is more than just an excellent English professor, more than just a great presence in the classroom, more than just a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience - Mr. McGraw truly is a mentor and I, for one, am saddened to see him go.

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Mr. McGraw was the greatest teacher I ever had. It's been years since we've spoken, but he still looms large in my psyche. In my schooling, in my career, and in my life, no one has helped my more. I will always be indebted to his wisdom and advice.

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hands down, the greatest teacher and mentor I have ever had. he will not only get you to love literature, and the language itself, he will teach you valuable life lessons. his quips, enthusiasm, love for literature and zest for life is inspirational.

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He's a boss

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Mr McGraw needs no explanation................... other than the fact that he is amazing.............

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A true educator, learning for the essence of learning. And so much fun in the process. He is so un-like any other teacher. Learn from him and pass their tests. Take notes... For your life.

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Best. Anyone who can't appreciate his class is a stiff.

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TAKE ONE OF HIS CLASSES. You will get honors without trying. My one issue was that my writing didn't really improve over the year. But if you're willing to listen, you'll find the class really interesting and you'll learn a lot.

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If you get McG, consider yourself the luckiest kid on the planet. I think he might just be the smartest man I've ever met. McGraw is the best teacher I've had in my entire school career.

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Amazing. I will never forget him.

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Tom McGraw is the best teacher I have ever had. His view on the world has changed mine forever. Truly inspirational.

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THE BEST TEACHER IVE EVER HAD!!!! I FREAKING LOVE THIS DUDE!

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He's the best. That class shouldn't be called "English". It should be called "Life".

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I loved McGraw's class because it was what you made of it. Though he tried his hardest to get you to love english, he didn't force you to do anything. sure, you could sleep and do little hw, or you could let him help you with writing, and be inspired by his outlook on life and by his passion. BEST!

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Even though he might not focus on the traditional aspects of English, he sheds light on poems and the Odyssey (which he is VERY fond of)... he makes you look at things in a different life and is always willing to play devils advocate. Extremely interesting man who has many great stories to share.

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I didn't like him, but most kids did just because you do literally no work in his class.

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He is the best man I have ever met. His classes are interesting, and I learned SO MUCH MORE than any history or physics class could have taught me, and it was all from his head.Recited HOMER to us!

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By far the best teacher I have ever had. Inspiring, brilliant and will make you think, whether it's about the class texts or broader meanings of life. Take his class.

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He changed my life. Nobody save my parents has ever influenced me more. I hope he comes back. I feel like there is still so much still to learn from him. Best teacher of all time-a really cool guy.

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Doesn't teach anything, but most students think he's hip and cool, which is how he gets away with it. Not recommended.

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no work, no homework, no need to pay attention or even stay awake. but you will learn a lot, which is good, i guess.

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A very intelligent teacher, though eccentric. Enjoyed his class and enjoyed no homework. I didn't learn much about English but I was certainly inspired by him. Too bad he's leaving...

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This guy is so smart. He teaches you a lot even if it's not about whatever text you are (or aren't) reading. He's an amazing story teller. You have to take his class before graduating from Andover.

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HE'S AWESOME! At the end of the year you realize he's the one you learned the most from, though you never work out when it happened.

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DUUUDE I have this guy for english 100 and the class is ROCKING MY STOCKINGS!! ok not literally, but this dude and his class rox!! he is so awesom

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Mr. McGraw is a great teacher. Seems like he should be from Dead Poets Society. I like him because his love for teaching and literature is so apparent.

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one word GREAT!!! he puts every teacher around to shame but none of them can admit to it. HES THE BEST TEACHER IN PA HISTORY

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Mr. McGraw is a great english teacher. He knows a great deal about english. He tends to favor some students in class, namely athletes and less bright students.

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He has to be the best teacher in the world! This man ROCKS!

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mr mcgraw is the coolest teacher on this campus. he makes english fun, while still learning alot. definitely my favorite teacher so far

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mr mcgraw is an awesome teacher and he is wicked nice and HIS SON JACK IS WICKED COOL ;-) hes the best teacher ever

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mr mcgraw is definitly the best teaher i have ever had. he wants you to love english.

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so unpredictable, so class was always exciting!

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He is the coolest teacher I have ever had and one of the most helpful.

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A truly great teacher. He cares about what happens in the classroom and gives it his best.

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He is, far and away the best teacher, coach, educator there is here and I know that because I have been there with him. If this school were full of Mr. McGraw's, it might begin to live up to its press, instead of pretending to.

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Best teacher I have ever had--- brilliant brilliant brilliant and he also reads all of his student's essays so carefully and takes such a long time and makes a tremendous effort responding to them with respect and a kind of I dare you attitude.

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Mr. McGraw is the best teacher I have ever had. Not only is he the coolest teacher in the school, but he has helped my writng more than any teacher has.

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His ability to bring life to epic poetry is unparallel.By mixing class with stories and life lessons he manages to get everyone interested in a topic that could potential being boring.Because of his teaching, I would consider taking a classics in college.

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Although he can be a little egotistical, he is a really awesome teacher. Once we started talking about sports other than baseball, I really loved his class. He also really helped me with my writing. He is awesome.

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Mr. McGraw is uniqwue in every way, but everyone NEEDS to take a class with him in there time here. He is totally brilliant and inspiring

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Mr. McGraw is the man. I've learn tons of stuff from his class this year, and its all been pretty interesting. The stories he tells in classes are all really funny.

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MrGraw is awesome! Take a class with him if you have the chance...you will not regret

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There aren't enough adjectives to describe this guy. Hands down the best teacher i will ever have. He is the perfect example of what makes Andover what it is.

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He taught me not only lessons in the classroom, but he taught me lessons in life. He is one of the most brilliant men I've ever met.

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Mr. McGraw is undoubtedly one of the greatest teachers this school as seen. Not only do I become more cultured and educated in his class than I do in all my other classes combined, but I find his class one of the most intellectually stimulating.

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unique, but very cool

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The most brilliant and inspring teacher I have had in high school or in college.

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one word....amazing

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Mr. McGraw is the most brilliant man I've met

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one of the more unique and inspirational teachers you will ever have...

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A great teacher, a great coach, and a great friend.

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Not only a great and realistic teacher but a thoughtful person and great coach.

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Mr. Mcgraw is the best english teach I've ever had.

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One of the most inspiring personalities I came across at Andover.

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