Cyrus Sethna

Cyrus S.

Chicago, IL

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Cyrus delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
April 2012

I am a bilingual professional with the organizational and instructional skills to move you towards your goals. Holding degrees in Political Science and Spanish, I have experience teaching language and communication since 2012. I began teaching ESL to refugees and immigrants with the Columbus Literacy Council. After advancing to lead instructor I assumed a post with the Peace Corps in Guatemala where I specialized in program development and implementation.


Political Science
Sep 2009 - May 2013
The Ohio State University
Spanish: Literature and Culture of Latin America
Sep 2009 - May 2013
The Ohio State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Superior Spanish Language Proficiency
Jul 2015
U.S. Peace Corps

9 Reviews

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Mary Mar 6, 2017
Spanish · Online

I look forward to my lessons!! Little things are beginning to click now. I feel more confident that this is something I can accomplish, in time. Cyrus is very prompt for our classes. He gives me encouragement and answers my questions. This is something I have wanted to do for really no other reason than because I want to. He is very patient and uses many resources online to allow me to feel like I'm in a classroom setting such as google hangout, google documents and sheets. I didn't even know these tools were available. If you are wanting to learn Spanish, I would not hesitate to recommend Cyrus.

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Mary Feb 6, 2017
Spanish · Online

I have now had a second lesson with Cyrus. Tonight's lesson was very valuable as he introduced a dialog in Spanish. I have never studied Spanish, ever! I have had 2 classes with Cyrus and I can now greet someone in Spanish already. I can say some very basic phrases, such as "good morning" or "nice to meet you, my name is Mary, what is your name". Tonight we used google documents, it was a very effective. He has listened to what I'd like to achieve and is using that information as a basis on which he builds my lessons around. His plan is geared specifically around my expectations. That, I think, is pretty awesome!!!

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Mary Feb 5, 2017
Spanish · Online

This was only my first class, but I was impressed with the set up. Cyrus was on time and very easy and friendly to communicate with. I really look forward to our next class. Gracias, Cyrus

Justin W. Dec 17, 2016
Spanish · Online


Karolina L. Aug 17, 2016
Spanish · In studio

I really enjoyed my classes with Cyrus. He made the classes interesting and fun. He is a very smart individual. I would recommend taking Spanish classes with him.

Karolina L. Jul 7, 2016
Spanish · In studio


Katie Mar 16, 2016
Spanish ·

Cyrus is a wonderful Spanish teacher. I have met with him once a week where we conduct the majority of each lesson in Spanish. I wanted more practice on speaking/listening and build confidence in speaking to others in Spanish. He always comes prepared with customized material for you at each lesson, but, if I bring any material or topics of my own, is able to effectively teach and tailor the lesson to that. He is able to recognize where there have been gaps in my education of Spanish, and is able to both challenge me in areas I need to be challenged while also meeting me at my level in areas where that's what is best. He speaks clearly, is incredibly patient, and explains things very well. I've had a great experience with Cyrus, and recognize him a a teacher who goes above and beyond for his students.

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Shawn M. Mar 1, 2016
Spanish · In studio

Cyrus is a wonderful teacher and we've already learned so much from him.

Greg K. Feb 22, 2016
Spanish · In studio

Cyrus is terrific! Very friendly and personable and already I can tell, a terrific teacher. Can't wait to meet with him again.

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