Average 4.82 based on 107 teacher ratings
Jim Strachan is a Science teacher at Kelowna Secondary School located in Kelowna, British Columbia. When comparing Jim Strachan's ratings to other teachers in the province of British Columbia, Jim Strachan's ratings are above the average of 4.11 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Kelowna Secondary School is 4.09 stars.
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Jim Strachan is probably the best teacher I had throughout my high school education. He is very knowledgeable and is always enthusiastic to share his knowledge with his students. Strachan is very helpful and encourages his students to think in and outside of the classroom.

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Mr. Strachan is by far the best teacher I have ever had. I have been honored to have been able to attend his classes two years in a row. Mr. Strachan is one of the two smartest people I have ever known, with the other being a former student of his. Mr. Strachan also has an amazing sense of humor and is able to connect with his students on a personal level due to this. Keep up the amazing work! Thank you so much for everything you have done for me.

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Mr. Starchan is a very passionate teacher. He is very clear and makes sure his students understand the concept before he moves on. He is very outspoken and says what is on his mind. All in all Mr. Strachan is a very good teacher

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Mr. Strachan is arguably the best teacher I have ever had. He is extremely knowledgeable goes above and beyond in everything he teaches. He encourages his students to think about problems on their own, and make connections with old and new physics concepts themselves, whilst loosely guiding them to the answers until they understand and not just know. As well as being extremely knowledgeable, Mr. Strachan keeps things in his classroom interesting and exciting with his incredible teaching style.

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Amazingly knowledgeable and helpful. Great to talk to about school and personal matters. Quite possibly the best high school teacher in North America

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Mr. Strachan is as excellent teacher who is always enthusiastic about what he's teaching; he will often make lessons more interesting by having students demonstrate a concept in the class. Mr. Strachan is one of the best teachers the school.

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Strachan was one of my favorite teachers. He's incredibly l passionate about teaching, which can sometimes come off a bit strong. I had trouble understanding some of the material but Strachan helped. For a great physics class try and get Strachan.

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Hands down best teacher I've ever had!

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The most appreciable thing about Mr Strachan is his willingness to explain and explain again a concept that eludes your grasp until it "clicks" - a very helpful, if somewhat brash teacher, I would definitely recommend Strachan's class if you're looking to get a better grasp of many physics and tech principles. But you must be willing to put in a lot of work, & don't be afraid to ask any questions!

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By far my favorite high school teacher, he has an epic personality which enables his class to be the most engaging and interactive one I have ever had. He is a caring person who truly wants each student to succeed. My thinking skills have definitely improved with his course! I would say that I wish every teacher were like Mr. Strachan, but then there would be no pinnacle teacher! Definitely going to miss this class. Thanks for an awesome two years!

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Great personality, engages students and makes the class interact. A rare combination of wit, intelligence and sarcasm without being condescending.

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Mr. Strachan is one of the best teachers I've ever had! He makes the lessons interesting and is very approachable. Although I have struggled with physics in the past, he helped me get an A and a good understanding of the concepts. Be sure you do your homework and ask questions because he will make the effort to clarify any misunderstandings.

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Mone mone mone mone

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Phenomenal teacher and person! It was an absolute pleasure to be in his class. Strachan deeply cares about the success of each of his students and is available to answer any questions at lunch if you can catch him before he goes to kick foosball butt in Lesiuk's room. I would recommend his class to anyone willing to work and occasionally get punched in the arm. I will definitely miss his class next semester and couldn't have asked for a better teacher!

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Best teacher I have ever had. He has such a huge heart and cares about every single student. He will do anything for his students from clear explanations or even advice. Strongly recommend. Make sure to ask questions and do your homework

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Strachan is my favorite teacher. He may seem terrifying when teaching the lessons but if you up to him afterwards and have a question he will be very gracious and will make sure you understand what you are doing before you have the chance to sit back down. Bring coffee if you're late ;)

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Lots of challenging, but fun bonus questions on tests. His lessons were engaging and the class was very enjoyable. If you have a good grasp of algebra and are willing to work hard you will have no trouble with this class.

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I respect Mr. Strachan as he is a very good teacher and enjoys what he does. His teaching style just did not work for me, but it was an entertaining class. Ask questions and do your homework. If you love physics you'll love his enthusiasm, but unfortunately I still ended up disliking physics. Decent class, but did not change my view on the subject overall.

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Through his use of real life demonstration of the force of gravity, to his playful use of cat examples in his velocity lessons, Mr Strachan was one of my favorite teachers at KSS. He always took the time to ensure each student understood and had a handle on each lesson. He always expected the best from his students and in turn gave his best each class. If you're lucky enough to find yourself of your child in his class, consider yourself to be one of the lucky few.

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Mr. Strachan was one of the best teachers I have ever had. Don't be afraid to ask questions. He will help you succeed in any way he can.

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Jim Strachan surpasses even the most exemplary teachers through his engaging classes and balance of work and play. He provides knowledge in Physics and all other desired areas as he genuinely cares about every individual that walks into his classroom

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Mr. Strachan commits himself to sharing his knowledge of and passion for physics. His lessons are engaging and interactive. AP Physics is a demanding course, however, Mr. Strachan is always open to explaining/clarifying concepts further.

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Some of my best academic moments occurred in this man's classroom. We began with the behaviours of mass during angular momentum and ended with Kepler's laws and the practice of gravity assists in space travel. Truly a great teacher and a fun class.

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Mr. Strachan was by far my favourite teacher throughout high school. He consistently went out of his way to help every the student achieve their educational goals as he put an emphasize on understanding the concept and not just "guessing correctly."

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Mr. Strachan has an innate ability to excite students about physics in ways I didn't think possible! Passionate about physics and highly energetic, he brings something new to the learning table. Sometimes a little snappy but not without reason.

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Mr. Strachan is definitely my favorite teacher of all time. He is a knowledgeable, friendly, humorous teacher. I had lots of fun and learned lots of things in his class. Word of caution: He may take your sandwich whether you like it or not.

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Mr. Strachan is definetly one of the best teachers in KSS. He's very enthusiastic and is able to keep the class focused, learning and yet relaxed thanks to his humour during lectures. Great class overall. Very enjoyable semester. 1 of my fav teachers

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Mr Strachan enabled me to be successful in a very difficult course. I ended up with a 96 on the final, and I think this was a result of having mr strachan as a teacher. You can tell he is really passionate about physics, and genuinely enjoys teaching

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Mr. Strachan is absolutely fantastic, hands down one of the best teachers I've ever had. He takes a subject that is often difficult and/or dry and makes it interesting as well as understandable. His class is not an easy pass, but if you do the assigned work and go in for help when you need it (and he is always willing to help), there is no reason you won't do well. If you don't understand something, he will find a different way of explaining it so that you do understand. Phenomenal teaching!

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Strachan is a great overall teacher. He knows tons about physics which is great because he can help you quickly and is great at explaining everything. It could be a little tough to follow his notes at times but overall he really helped me this past semester in physics and i enjoyed going to his class, thanks for everything this past semester Strachan, physics was great fun with you

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Jim Strachan is a wonderful teacher who knows more about the universe than I know about the back of my hand. He is always willing to help any students that do not mind being physical or mentally abused. when dealing with trouble makers he likes to embarrass them in front of the class or use them in his demonstrations which more often than not are more fun that box full of dead cats. his diet consists of anything the students have in their lunch boxes. (except for white bread)

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Mr. Strachan keeps physics fresh. Sometimes he can get a bit too distracted which is sometimes entertaining but at times not. Sometimes you just need to tell it like it is. My UNDERSTANDING of physics has deepened greatly since having him for Physics 11 and 12. Awesome teacher and provides a lot of help with homework.

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Best teacher I had in high school by far. He makes every part of physics exciting and I will genuinely miss his class next year. He manages to do an excellent job at making sure you understand and will always help you if you need it, even if you're at a soccer game and just played against his son.

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Mr. Strachan has been the greatest Physics teacher a student could ask for. I can't begin to explain how much respect I have for Strachan. There are very few teachers who care so much about their students and create bonds with them. He has a great sense of humour but also knows when to be serious, and is excellent at handling serious situations. Strachan likes to see his students succeed and pushes his students to strive for excellence. I would recommend Strachan to any student taking physics!

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Without a doubt the greatest teacher I have ever had. Mr. Strachan makes physics interesting and engaging. He's a great motivator and he will do everything he can to help you understand a concept. He is the reason I started to enjoy school and I feel totally prepared for post secondary education because of his class.

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Stachan is truely one of the good ones. He is extremely knowledgeable and he will answer your questions whenever he can. He gives detailed and easy to understand instruction and because he has such a high level of understanding of the material he is able to describe it on a very basic level. He is funny and enthusiastic in class and does a lot of yelling. He is an excellent motivator and is by far the best teacher I have had. He cares about his students and really wants them to succeed.

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The course Mr. Strachan taught me, A.P. Physics, helped me build myself as a person throughout high school and gave me the ability to keep successfully growing, developing and pushing myself to be better at what I do. He gave me the proper thought process to be entirely successful in life as the outlook that I have moving on to University is pretty solid as I have a good understanding of the world around me thanks to him.

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Mr. James Strachan is an extremely knowledgeable and interested teacher. He desires the best outcomes for all of his pupils and makes this known not only within the confines of his classroom, but also throughout the hallways of KSS. His projecting voice and strange antics create interest in even the most mentally inert of students. And now, that I am no longer vulnerable to his marking wrath, I believe he grants gratuitous bonus marks.

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I can honestly say that Mr. Strachan is the best teacher that I have had. He genuinely cares for his students, goes above and beyond to help them achieve their goals – references, alternate test writes, etc – and has a great sense of humour. A student who enters his class with success on their mind will triumph. My only wish was that I had more time to sit back and listen to his lectures as opposed to writing notes as Mr. Strachan’s wealth of knowledge is enough to make anybody love the field.

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Mr. Strachan is the best teacher I have ever had. He makes the entire class laugh while thoroughly and clearly explaining course material. I looked forward to his class every day for the last two years and always left feeling enlightened. He is always willing to help those who need it, and if you take the time to learn the material it is easy to achieve a high mark since dumb mistakes on tests can often be made up through bonus questions. I had a great time and am going to miss his class.

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I've had an amazing experience with this guy. He could be a bit lighter when it comes to religious references, but overall, he's the best teacher I've had.

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An excellent teacher who truly is dedicated to assisting his students and ensuring they succeed. Is strict when he needs to be, but open and humorous when he isn't. He has a passion for physics and it is demonstrated in his teaching.

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Strachan is one the best teachers at KSS. He is always willing to help you with your class work and if you have problems outside of school he is willing to help and give advise. His lessons are always

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Great teacher! Had him for physics AP and did extremely well in that class. Always very helpful with any questions you have.

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Simply, amazing. If you want something, bribe him with food, you'll get it.

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He is the BEST teacher I have ever had!

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He is my favorite teacher, his passion for the subject and knowledge is clearly shown. His humour makes class fun and exciting and his energy level inspires learning. An outstanding teacher!

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Mr. Strachan is the best teacher ever! hes hilarious and helpful! he really cares about his students and it shows. i always looked forward to coming to my block 4 classs

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The best teacher I've ever had, and probably the best teacher I will ever have. He's an all around stellar teacher and he makes physics make sense in a way that I never thought it would. He's loud and

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He's honestly the freakin' cat's pyjamas!

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Awesome teacher, really knows what physics is about! makes class fun, sometime he takes jokes at student too far but its all in good heart. He really respects everyone,knows everyones names!very busy!

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Best teacher in this province. He has great knowledge in physics, and is just straight up funny. Makes class enjoyable

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Great guy!! Probably my favorite teacher last year!!

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Hands down the best teacher I have had. He is the definition of a good teacher, huge wealth of knowledge, entertaining, super helpful and treats you like a friend.

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Good teacher. Very helpfull if you need it and willing to put the time into it. Always encouraging. Although can be a bit obnoxious at times.

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The only eason i took Physics 12 AP was to have Mr Strachan as my teacher, he's the best teacher i've ever had

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Mr. Strachan has been my all time favorite teacher! If all teachers were this knowledgeable and fun it would make the school experience 100x better!

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Strachan was my favourite teacher in High School. -Saunders

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Best teacher. Extensive knowledge, great explanations. FUN.

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Mr. Strachan is so helpful and understanding. He will work through any problem with you and even answer random questions about say black holes...

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Such a good teacher!!

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Simply, Amazing.

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Best teacher I have ever had.

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Awesome source of support for those taking physics online or otherwise. Very knowledgeable and caring. I really do regret not taking classes with him. For those undecided: Take physics! It's worth it!

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He is an amazing teacher and will probably make you laugh every class. I am so glad I had him as my teacher.

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Best Physics teacher I have ever had and definitely one of teh best teachers I have ever been taught by.

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He is a fantastic teacher, who could always make me laugh while learning physics... :)

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He really knows what he's talking about , and is willing to take time to help individuals.Thanks for a great year!

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Mr Strachan is the best teacher I have ever had. I would ask him, though, to try collect homework for the AP exam next year. Shaw forced us to do the review, it was painful, but I felt better prepared

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Strachan is a terrific teacher. Funniest teacher I have ever had. He is always willing to help and wants his students to succeed. Thanks for all the laughs Strachan. Keep up the good work.

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A bit more explanation of the actual notes would be nice, but my favourite pert of the class was the random tangents discussing theoretical ideas, ie that in-depth wave/partical discussion

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Very good teacher. Almost always available to help and very willing to help.

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He is a great guy with a passion for teaching his subject that I have yet to see any other teacher have. Also, he is very funny and easy to talk with if you are having problems.

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Good teacher who keeps you awake and makes physics interesting. Challenging, but not impossible. Will not ignore you if you ignore the material, but in fact encourage your participation.

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Such a funny guy. Really enjoyed his class. Never felt the need to skip it, because it was more fun than whatever else I'd be doing. Learned lots.

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Not only a great teacher but a great person. He truly wants his students to succeed. if you ask him for extra help he'll sit with you for as long as it take for you to get it. Very funny guy!

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His energetic teaching style gets his students interested in the subjects they're taking. Very fair, and willing to help as long as you have the willingness to try. Extremely Knowledgeable as well.

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He is such a good teacher. Keeps class fun with his sense of humour and wants all of his students to succeed. One of the best teachers i had all year.

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Unreal Teacher, had him for physics 11 and 12 and did very well thanks to him. Keeps the class fun which keeps you interested and keeps you doing well. Thanks strachan.

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I Think he is a great teacher. He makes learning fun by making it abstract with all the cat killing

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what is there not to say about strachan... he's amazing! i got him in grade 11 physics and based my entire grade 12 time table around getting him! He makes learning fun and i love going to his class!

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Had him for Physics 11. Hilarious guy w/ funny sense of humor, unpredictable, makes class interesting. He is the kind of teacher you would go back to visit in 10 years. Extremely nice. Get him.

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Totally cool man! Love him.

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Awesome geology teacher, had a twisted sense of humour that made the class a lot of fun. Very helpful and teaches very well.

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Love this guy for physics. He helped me understand and is just a nice man.

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Great warped sense of humour - a nice teacher.

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Mr. Strachan is a great teacher! Physics rox my sox!

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Stachan is awesome. He's just one of those teachers that doesn't treat you like you're stupid. He knows lots, is very thorough and helpful. He's just a great guy. Glad I had him.

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Mr. Strachan... At first i was petrified of him because i didn't recognize his humor, but then i got to realize that he really does care for his students.

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