CommunityDo You Have a Favorite Treehouse Teacher?


writes on September 24, 2014

If you do you can now choose courses based on who teaches it. We just added a new page that tells you all about our lovely teachers and which courses they teach. Check out their smiley faces. They’re a happy bunch, aren’t they?


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22 Responses to “Do You Have a Favorite Treehouse Teacher?”

  1. Go Nick/Dave/Kenneth/Guil/Pasan/Jim/Andrew!! Lol I love all of the teachers at Treehouse

  2. Mike ( the Frog), is the best….. 😀

  3. Snake Pliskin on September 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm said:

    Ben. Through and through! I’m currently writing this from the app he tutored me through!

    Many thanks 🙂

  4. Gill Carson on September 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm said:

    Hi Jorge, We didn’t ask who is the ‘best’ (all our teachers are the best in their field). We asked who is your favourite. It’s different. It’s your personal choice.

    • Hey Gill!

      Thanks for your kind reply!

      What struck me is… what’s the point of asking about one’s favorite teacher… (favorite, best, most recognized, top, personal choice)… really makes me ponder the purpose of the question.

      What’s the point of asking it?

      I may be overprotective of Treehouse teachers and colleagues feelings, but I’ve seen what these questions provoke inside a company and the consequences are never pleasant!

      My comment may seem harsh, but it just a recommendation. Be careful when asking someone’s opinion about their favorite/best/most relatable (especially when dealing with teachers or administrators) because it is a question rooted in emotion that doesn’t contribute to anything positive when a teacher/administrator is not listed as a favorite.

  5. Definitely Jason with his signature grin and baring teeth.
    His teaching of Rails is meticulous and full of bonus learning – such as vagrant and rspec.
    Haphazard mistakes are used for debugging methods.
    Thank you, Jason!

  6. Hi I would like to learn one page with zac , I watched the video(24mins) which was brilliant but is that it if I joined? The tranfer of this to that, files here and there was pretty rapid and a lot went over my head.
    love the one pager.

  7. Best in terms of what?

    This type of questions truly demerit the positive spirit and collaboration among teachers and students.

    Please, stop asking which teacher is THE BEST. It is an offensive question that many may consider “cool”, “harmless”, and “innocent”. It is not. Let me explain:

    Every single course and teacher at Treehouse has a style, an objective, and a set of particular skills that enable her or him to demand the best from us. Sure, some courses may need some polish than others, but pinpointing a teacher as THE BEST, may eventually create division, envy, and emotional preference that may hinder the collaboration process at Treehouse. This may sound like some sort of HR rant, but as a teacher, asking and answering this type of questions does not lead to progress.

    So, my proposal:

    Ask “What are some of the techniques that teachers use in ‘name of the course’ that you like?” “What courses do you find effective?” “How would you improve a course?” These questions as an example do not imply a subtle personality preference, and promote possitive feedback 🙂

  8. In terms of how well they teach, my #1 fave is Nick. He’s excellent at explaining stuff, plus I like the way his code challenges are set out – often you have to repeat each step, and this is great because repetition helps me to learn more effectively. The only thing that bugs me with Nick is that he comes across as slightly scripted.

    Hampton is probably a runner-up due to his humour. His teaching style is messy/disorganised (don’t get me started on the ambiguous instructions he provides for his code challenges), but he comes across as much more natural instead of sounding like he’s reading from a script.

    I also like Dan and Guil. 🙂

  9. Guil Hernandez FTW!! Although I love you all 😀

  10. Andrew, I really enjoyed his JS and jQuery course. The guy’s really awesome in person too. Also, Zac is a killer WordPress teacher. Would like to see that him speak at a WordCamp sometime in the future.

  11. I love all the treehouse teachers I’ve learned from!

  12. I love the Amit teach as I just started iOS development and really enjoying every bite of it.

    Also I love the course jQuery thought by Andrew, REALLY He is awesome DUDE!!!

    and finally Hampton as he’s guest teacher but I really enjoyed SASS basic course!

  13. I’ve been doing Treehouse for a few months now and have had a few different teachers as I followed the Front End Web Development Track. I’ve just started the iOS tracks though (finished Swift and now going through Obj-C) and I have to say that Amit and Pasan are in a completely different league to the rest. Both in terms of their professionalism, being neutral but personable, and their ability to explain some really quite difficult concepts by approaching an idea in various ways. (Randy Hoyt was pretty awesome in Building a Simple PHP site too.)

    The other teachers tend to speak very (very) slowly and some often just end up saying the same sentence over and over again while trying to explaining something tricky in a haphazard looping style. I think it just comes down the the level of preparation that Amit and Pasan put into their courses before filming their videos.
    Overall a great service, but Amit and Pasan are doing a really amazing job.

    • Pasan Premaratne on September 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm said:

      Thanks Charlie!! This means a lot 🙂 You definitely made my day a lot more awesome!

    • Charlie on October 7, 2014 at 6:10 am said:

      I would like to add Ben Jakuben to this category too after working further through the iOS track. He’s top notch, but unfortunately I’m not that interested in Android development so probably won’t be seeing him much more. Please do some Swift courses Ben!

  14. Going to have to go with Jim H.

  15. Guil is awesome! But so is Joy, Nick and Dan! I guess my favorite is whoever I happen to be learning from at the time.

  16. Guil, of course. 🙂

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