Happy Birthday, Alan Haskvitz

Happy Birthday, Alan Haskvitz

There are 15 comments on the findingDulcinea story from Sep 6, 2008, titled Happy Birthday, Alan Haskvitz. In it, findingDulcinea reports that:

Alan Haskvitz is one of America's best teachers. Over the past 20 years he has taught almost every grade level and core subject.

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Carterchou

Wenzhou, China

#1 Sep 7, 2008
I've no idea at all.
EJaffe

Jamaica, NY

#2 Sep 8, 2008
Thanks, findingdulcinea.com , for introducing me to this extraordinary educator. It shows my students at The City College of New York that teachers CAN, and more importantly, DO make a difference.
May he continue to teach and help students for many more years to come.
Kevin

West Covina, CA

#3 Sep 21, 2008
I currently attend suzanne middle school, and i have mr. haskvitz as an 8th grade social studies teacher.

What i can say is he is unlike any other teacher out there. He seemed strict the first week of school, and many students were afraid of him. Not many people know about his great accomplishments and awards in our school. He is the best teacher I have ever had, and I can see his primary goal is to prepare you for high school.
hmm

Waipahu, HI

#4 Sep 30, 2008
i know this person! he teaches at my friend's school. O_o
Joseph

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#6 Jan 24, 2009
I go to Suzanne Middle school and have Mr. Haskvitz. He makes learning fun. Hes funny and a great teacher
abc123

West Covina, CA

#8 Mar 9, 2009
I am abc123 hahaha
Nyano

Walnut, CA

#9 Jun 15, 2009
I've just graduated from Suzanne Middle School with Mr. Alan Haskvitz as my homeroom teacher. At the school, he gets barely any credit for the work he does. Many students think of him as a scary, mean, insensitive teacher; a lot of them transferred in the first week.
The way I see it, I not only profited mentally in the educational sense, but emotionally and mentally in the "growing up" sense. Mr. Haskvitz has worked hard for his classes so much, and many people took that for granted until they took a look at the awards and letters they saw at the back wall.
Their superiority complexes faded, and their minds opened, eyes widened, and jaws dropped as they watched Haskvitz progress with his relationships with the students. No one was as scared of him as he was. That's the effect of a true, dedicated teacher. He persevered through the days when nothing seemed right, and when students made fun of him for his unique way of teaching.

So, all in all, Haskvitz has made my 8th grade year, one to definitely remember. He's a remarkable teacher.
If you're waiting to see him fall, don't hold your breath.
Rose

Riverside, CA

#10 Apr 27, 2010
Haha I currently have him as my social studies teacher. i enjoy his class cuz of his sense of humor
there is always a joke whenever he teaches.
Former Student

Los Angeles, CA

#11 May 10, 2012
He was my social studies teacher in the 90s, and I remember not enjoying his class at all. I knew at the time that his approach to teaching was different from other teachers', and that he really wanted to prepare us for high school. But he just came off mean and condescending. He made fun of his students and made them very uncomfortable. I remember wearing a paper crown that my homeroom teacher gave me as part of a birthday tradition within our class. When Mr. Haskvitz saw it, he immediately told me to take the stupid thing off. While I wasn't a regular target of his ridicule, I would feel so uneasy in his classroom, afraid of being picked on and embarrassed. During the time that I was his student, he did not create an encouraging atmosphere for learning at all. I don't know if that's changed over the years. Reading these positive reviews, I'm inclined to think so.
jennifer

Walnut, CA

#12 May 11, 2012
Haskvitz was probably trying to show you that the teacher that made you wear the hat was stupid because it made other students with the same birthday feel left out. I was probably there the same year as you and Mr. Haskvitz was voted the most popular teacher in the school. I don't know if there has been a change over the years, but I hope not. If you were there in the 1990's you may recall that his students wrote letters about him and they were used to give him the award as the best social studies teacher in the world.
Former Student wrote:
He was my social studies teacher in the 90s, and I remember not enjoying his class at all. I knew at the time that his approach to teaching was different from other teachers', and that he really wanted to prepare us for high school. But he just came off mean and condescending. He made fun of his students and made them very uncomfortable. I remember wearing a paper crown that my homeroom teacher gave me as part of a birthday tradition within our class. When Mr. Haskvitz saw it, he immediately told me to take the stupid thing off. While I wasn't a regular target of his ridicule, I would feel so uneasy in his classroom, afraid of being picked on and embarrassed. During the time that I was his student, he did not create an encouraging atmosphere for learning at all. I don't know if that's changed over the years. Reading these positive reviews, I'm inclined to think so.
student

Walnut, CA

#13 Jan 23, 2014
im in Haskvitz's class of 2013-2014, and i think that mr. haskvitz is a good teacher. he makes a lot of sarcastic comments and jokes that makes our class laugh, and he is serious about teaching. Even one of our other teachers at school says that he's one of the most educated and best teachers that she knows. Throughout the year, mr. haskvitz teaches kids how to learn correctly and a LOT of U.S. history. He is not exactly the most "fun" teacher in school, but he is the BEST in the school.
any

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#14 Apr 3, 2014
Mr. Haskvitz is a very accomplished teacher. Everything that he teaches his classes have to do with politics. This year, he has taught a group of students that were interested to draft a legislation. This legislation was started because of a dog toy. Dog toys that may be accidentally swallowed by a dog can cause horrible danger to the dog. To find this toy, it is almost impossible to see through an X-ray. Which leads to surgery. To find the toy through surgical means is very dangerous, because that means the operator has to search around in stomach or a certain area to find the toy. A slight mistake can be the end for the dog. In the short time that I have been alive, by far, Mr. Haskvitz is the most passionate about what he believes in, and he also isn't afraid of including his students.
Omama

United States

#15 Mar 9, 2015
any wrote:
Mr. Haskvitz is a very accomplished teacher. Everything that he teaches his classes have to do with politics. This year, he has taught a group of students that were interested to draft a legislation. This legislation was started because of a dog toy. Dog toys that may be accidentally swallowed by a dog can cause horrible danger to the dog. To find this toy, it is almost impossible to see through an X-ray. Which leads to surgery. To find the toy through surgical means is very dangerous, because that means the operator has to search around in stomach or a certain area to find the toy. A slight mistake can be the end for the dog. In the short time that I have been alive, by far, Mr. Haskvitz is the most passionate about what he believes in, and he also isn't afraid of including his students.
He taught me one weird trick to bigger manhood.
Phil

Manchester, UK

#16 Mar 9, 2015
Bob, get a life.
fellow teacher

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#17 Jul 6, 2015
His retirement speech



sound quality a bit weak.

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