Average 4.58 based on 62 teacher ratings
Don Balcarras is a Science teacher at Waterloo Collegiate located in Waterloo, Ontario. When comparing Don Balcarras' ratings to other teachers in the province of Ontario, Don Balcarras' ratings are above the average of 4.29 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Waterloo Collegiate is 4.1 stars.
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Balcarras is in no comparison the best teacher to enter wci. He's absolutely brilliant, will make you cry, but has a heart of gold. He helped me after school for a whole month just to help get my mark up. No one has done that for me and I am eternally grateful for all he does for everyone. So sad he retired but will always be my favourite.

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he's the best teacher I've ever had in my life, he knows so much and even though he's super strict, he teaches very well.

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He was very strict and made it quite clear that he did not tolerate messing around, but he was also very helpful and often enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the stories he told; they often tied into what he was teaching as well!

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Mr. Balcarras is the best science teacher I`ve had

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I think Mr. Balcarras is a great teacher! He makes science interesting!

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First day of school, I was late, and he embarrassed me and I was never late again for the whole year. He's intimidating, but he's a really good teacher once you get to know him. He's really helpful an

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Really nice and caring teacher! Really actually cares for you and considers you like his own child. He is strict but that's good! We actually learn in class :P

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Mr. Balcarras is a great teacher, easy to approach, and even stays after school when needed no like other teachers that leaves right when the 2:45 bell rings or even forgot that you wanted help!

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Mr. Balcarras could easily be viewed as one of the scariest teachers at WCI, but once you realize how he works and what he's looking for, class is truly enjoyable. I feel out of breath by the time we

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-whispers- "you're going down the valley... into the dark dark pit of CONFUSION" haha i find him pretty scary, but knows what hes doing

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He's the reason I fell in love with science and currently attending University of Waterloo for my Bachelors of Science.

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His strict additive, yet slightly passive feeling makes him an exceptional teacher. When you are in his class, you learn respect and honour. One of the best teachers I've ever had.

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I was terrified of him. He's so scary! He shouted at me. The sad thing is, I can't deny that he actually teaches unlike Mr. Scott haha! He's good as a teacher, but is scaryyyyy

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The first day of his class he told us that we were not to be late, to do our homework every night, to be there every day possible, and to not speak unless spoken to. He was terrifying, loved him.

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Win, just win. Just dont get him mad, and he will be your best teacher in no time.

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he seems really scary at first- that's because he is, but at the same time, one of the all time classic teachers who actually knows what he's doing!

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"Holy Toleedo!!" I owe so much to Mr. Balcarras! I am so lucky to have had him as my teacher. He showed me how fun science can be, and I always looked forward to comming to his class.

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He is a GREAT teacher...! i actually learn from his class! >.<

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He is a strict teacher who seems to be scary at first, but if you don't get on his nerve you will be fine. I like him because you can learn a lot from his class.

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He's so charismatic (: His strictness and humour really motivated me through the year. He may seem intimidating in class but one-on-one he is really nice! Clearly shows that he still loves teaching.

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He is amazing :) His strictness definatly modivates people. I love his humour :P

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Lots of people are scared of him but I think hes really helpful and I love his sense of humor.

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i only had him for about a month or so, he seems very strict, but was a very good teacher. His strictness was a motivation.

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a good teacher.very nice...but i dunno y i cant do better in his class.after trying very hard...his class is stressful for me...teaches a lot of stuff in 1 period

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good teacher, learned a lot, has funny stories, and gives you the answers to "save time", dont get on his bad side tho, you will be scared for life

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very cool teacher, may cause seizures

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best teacher ever!! intimidating at times but he can actually teach! and funniest stories!! love him!!

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This teacher is by far the best teacher I've ever had. He's been teaching so long he even taught my mom... Haha. Intimidating, scary, but really deep down he is the nicest man ever.

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i wish i had him as a teacher from everything i've heard from his students

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Definitely the best teacher I've ever had.

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awesome teacher..best chem teacher i have had ..can be a teeny bit intimidating at times though lol ..he knows his stuff

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Awesome Teacher!!! By far one of the best I have ever had! Learn the best chem from him....wish there were more like him!

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neither you like this guy or hate this guy. You gotta respect him. He is not boring, in fact he knows what he's doing and overall a great teacher.

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Well he's pretty good teacher, except for the fact that he picks on you to answer questions. Always offering extra help. Always has great stories.

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Good teacher. Funny. Looks intimidating, but isn't. Has some great stories.

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Haha! I'm still so scared of him! But he is very VERY thourough, and funny in a dark way. He's awesome with after school help.

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A most excellent teacher. Clear, and straightforward. Not afraid to joke and tell stories. May intimidate, some, but he is great

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He is the only good science teacher in this school.He is dedicated, he cares about the subject and you can tell he wants students to do well.You actually learn things in his class.

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Hes cool, hes obsessed with astronomy.

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He is soo boring...

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good teacher, sometimes seems unapproachable or "mean" but really isnt.he is always willing to help but he is pretty hard, fair..but hard.if he sees effort he i

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Balcarass is awesome. Quiet and relaxed, QUITE UNLIKE CLOUTIER. ALWAYS offering extra help, do take him up on these generous offers they help alot.

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he stood up, slowly walked right in front of me and yelled at me for walked into his class which had no people left anymore and for using "his" computer

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kinda weird...but a good teacher...my mom told me not to stay after school alone with him! LOL!

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good teacher

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is a good teacher though is quite scary at first can become frienflier later on. Let's you get away with things like breaking things on purpose "wink wink"

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odd person and seems unapproachble but is always willign to help and will never stop until you understand(or u say u do;))

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My best Science Teach yet

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surprise quizes sent me to summer school. thanks a lot.

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Reminds of the terminator. Walks like a terminator and acts like one. He can be mean and terminate you easily. Goes easy on new kids! Acts as if he's ure dad.

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He does not enjoy teaching

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maked science my favorite subject

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he is the best chem teacher you wil ever see

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Tough, but the best Chem. teacher. He makes it seem really cool.

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decent

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you scare me

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