Although at first I found her somewhat of a dry, low-energy professor, I came to realize that she has a lot of integrity. I feel that my academic writing abilities improved tremendously, or maybe it was just that she gave me the confidence I needed to feel that I was a competent writer. She writes detailed comments (that are legible!) on your first and second drafts, and if you follow her recommendations (which I believe are credible) your grade will improve. She does expect a lot out of her students, but she gives a lot in return- every essay was handed back, graded, within a week. I'd definitely say she is a good quality English teacher, especially as far as First-Year English at Barnard goes.