Average 3.69 based on 48 professor ratings
Samantha York is a Science professor at James Hargest College located in Invercargill, West Coast. When comparing Samantha York's ratings to other professors in the region of West Coast, Samantha York's ratings are below the average of 4.43 stars. Additionally, the average professor rating at James Hargest College is 4.14 stars.
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She is really annoying she cant take a joke she must have silence and she is just terrible

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mrs fairbairn is a nice person, and a good teacher. Although she puts students on the spot and discussed personal issues and broken frendships infront of the class. This was not appropriate.

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Lost my respect after one year of her

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Y13 Chem w/ her can be fun to a certain extend. Tho it's an disadvantage of her beeing often away w/ her other stuff all da time, which affects da progress of da whole class. Nice Character tho.

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i have mrs fairbairn as my form teacher dis year shes gud as she was so funny at camp shes just an awesum teacher a

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Stop minglin in students private life

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Her style is unique to the letter..Its all for our own good but sometimes we need things just layed out and explained with clear points that we can work with.. Apart from that she can be a lot of fun if the class before us doesn't stress her out.

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Always enjoyed a joke!! Was better at teaching chem than physics but always made an effort and enjoyed a laugh!! A good teacher!!

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Mrs Fairburn has a nice enuf face but she is really grumpy when you get to know her, not my favourite teacher

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her teaching teaching techniques are......unique. for some reason in the 6th form chem, she has some sort of problem answering your question, instead she tells you to ask the people at your table. i dont know why she cant explain it to us so that we know from there on. and where do you keep going???? are you away pumping some iron or something? she's never at class, she just sifties away and doesnt come back for 20mins. STAY IN CLASS!!! and if you're not goin to be there, set real work for the reliever!!!

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Mrs Fairbairn is a great teacher, she communicates well with her students and her interesting style and flair is what makes her great. Her actions may come off as offensive to some students but only those too dim-witted to see that it's all light-hearted and just another facet of personality.

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Mrs. Fairburn is an awesome 6th form Science teacher, she is really funny, and explains things excellently if we ask her too, class is far better now that she's the teacher instead of that student teacher we had a while ago.

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Mrs Fairbairn was always a really cool teacher when I had her for science, she got involved in the students and if she ever crossed a 'line' she soon knew to back off. She shouldn't be more conscious of her teaching methods now 'cause there wasn't anything wrong with em to begin with. People need to grow up, it's no sudden suprise teachers have opinions......and it's what other people say behind your back anyway- at least Fairbairn's honest!!

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Physics was so hard last year. Alot of the time we didn't understand what we were being taught and she went through topics too quickly. And she definitely favoured students, getting the same group of peole to answer questions. Even when you went up to her to get her to explain something it still made no sense. The teachers at the tutorials were much more helpful.

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i enjoy mrs fairbairn teaching me in yr12 physics, she really knows what she is talking about and says it in a clear way. i enjoy her little stories etc

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Shes not the most approachable teacher. Shes quite intimidating. I was too scared not to do my homework in her class lol. I passed 4th form science so i guess thats a good thing.

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mrs fairbairns classes are always fun. always a good time in yr12 chem

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Sam most certainly does rate herself, I think she should bring back her puppy, that was awesome

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she thinks shes real gud. but she doesnt know what shes talking about alot of the time. she gets students to answer questions, but never actually stops to cheak that that was the right answer. so unless anouther student says to her its wrong, we move on, leaving the rest of us even more confuzed than we were. shes also quite inappropriate at times. i mean talking about other students when their not around, it is quite funny sometimes but teachers just shouldnt do that.

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I haven't had Mrs Fairbairn for very much class work, but she has been an incredible help to me. She is one of the most kind and caring teachers I've ever met. Some people may see this as taking the relationship with students "too far". But I reckon she just has a genuine interest and concern for the people she knows. There is always gonna be teachers that u dont get on with so ya can't be stink about them just cos ur personalities clash. Sam is a really cool physics teacher and is always there for a chat

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unfortunately mrs fairbairn has changed after reading this site and has become more concious of her teaching methods, physics is no longer as fun. we want the old mrs fairbairn back

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She is a great chemistry teacher and she has a sense of humour and her little storys are funny especially the one about exploding sodium on the back field of her last school!! keep it up!

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shes is great if you are quite intelligent and get what shes on about, but if you're not then you struggle a bit with her. personally i really enjoy her style of teaching (even though i have only had her for GATE) but she needs to be a bit more motivated for things other than netball

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hey now dont b mean ta mrs fairbairn! shes awesome! shes a really good teacher n yea she can get a little off topic sumtimes but theres no point lying abt it, her stories are great. she gets along wit the students well n can take it as well as she dishes it out so its all good. she makes chemistry easy to understnad..as well as fun. shes just luvli, thats all there is to it!

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i always have fun in mrs fairbairns classes whether we are leaning anything or not

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lovely lady taught me much about Jonathan Howe, the fanous scientist, really knows alot about him and physics and i find her way of teaching triginometry really good

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She is on a power trip. altho she is a very knowledgeable person. us students do not appreciate the personal comments and her mingling into student affairs this is not her job. It does not make student teacher relationships better. We just want to learn and move onto the next class. she would be a good teacher if the only thing she spoke of was school work.

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Sam rates herself pretty highly. Tries to act all cool and then makes fun of students and what not. One day she made one of my friends very upset. It was sad.

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Mrs Fairbairn is weird, shes too into her pupils and needs to set better boundaries between her students and being a teacher! we just wanna sit in ur class and learn! stop hassing people and start teaching us.

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mrs fairbairn is one of my favourite teachers, she makes class fun and lets me sell my chocolate during the lesson. authough she rings my parents when i get out of hand i see she is steering me in the right direction. thanks so much mrs fairbairn for making physics fun. she has good explanations that i can easily understand most of the time but sometimes i wonder if she should brush up on her maths but mostly its good,

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Miss Fairbarin is really nice and nose lots of stuff bout heaps. I like da way she teaches

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Can be quite personally hurtful to other classmates, I found her methods interesting but she is away a lot, relievers are hurting my achievment

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samantha fairbarin is the best

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When I had Sam Fairbairn as my Physics she was not too bad. I found some days her explainations of somethings was just abosultly terrible. Then on a good day we could all be working fine and one person goes to answer a question and she'll just get angry with everyone. You could almost say that shes a little two faced???

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Excellent teacher, very clear explanations and friendly. Samantha selectively talks about her personal life to give her students a feeling they know and understand her, this helps to build teacher-student relationships and makes her classes a lot more fun by doing so. She also uses figuirative language which usually has a humourous warm effect, but at times does seem offensive.

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mrs fairbairn thinks she knows what shes talking about when it comes to maths..... but she doesnt. in physics she tells us the wrong way to do things then reads the answer from the textbook while i use SOHCAHTOA to find the right way in physics. i cant believe they moved me into this class when i was in a class with a better teacher before isnt helpful at all and when you ask a question she just tells you to compate answers with some one you are siting with. i think this is coz she doesnt no what shes doin

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