Helen Mitrofanenko
Denver, CO
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Helen Mitrofanenko

Helen M.

Denver, CO
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching French for 6 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of French culture, study abroad in French speaking countries, and more! Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to conjugate like a pro! I typically use the living language books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: recording equipment, worksheets, textbooks, and more. I love working with students of all experience levels and can't wait to meet you!

About Helen M.

Hi, there! My name is Helen and I can't wait to meet you!
I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students to speak a new language, to successfully pass their exams, and to increase their language confidence.
I went to National University of Donetsk (Ukraine) and earned a Master’s degree in French language and literature in 2010. I'm a patient and easy going person and my teaching methods always depend on student’s age and language needs. I look forward helping you to reach your goals!


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29 Reviews
Milan -.
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It was superb (Отлично). I got a good teacher.

Posted Apr 25, 2020
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Posted Apr 24, 2020
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Posted Apr 9, 2020
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Posted Apr 6, 2020
Daphne W.
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Helen was on time, very nice, and got into teaching French right away. We have had one lesson and look forward to more. My daughter really enjoyed it!

Posted Mar 30, 2020
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Was able to clarify some questions I had. I was struggling with how to put sentences together. Helen was very helpful

Posted Feb 1, 2020

Helen is a truly gifted teacher. She worked very well teaching Russian to my young child. We look forward to more lessons with her!

Posted Jan 28, 2020
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Helen is an excellent teacher with a lot of patience. I have been taking lessons with her for over a year and a half. Prior to that, I had studied French for three years.
Helen was able to identify my level of understanding and then began building from there filling in areas I was missing as we progressed. The lessons have allowed me to improve my French grammar and my conversational French has significantly improved.

Posted Jan 19, 2020
Kurt J.

Very patient and thorough. A pleasure to work with.

Posted Jan 15, 2020
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I've been studying Russian with Elena (Lena) for about three years. Previously, I had roughly the equivalent of one university year of Russian and hadn't enjoyed it as much due to the pace of the class among other things. However, I've stayed with Russian, as difficult as it has been for me, in large part due to Lena. She's extremely patient and competent, so I've gotten a lot out of the weekly and bi-weekly lessons. She also speaks good French, so it's been helpful, as the languages I know best are English and French. Спасибо, Лена !

Posted Jan 4, 2020
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I can't say enough about Helen. She is an absolutely wonderful teacher, and that's saying a lot because as a college professor and lawyer, I tend to have pretty high standards. I've been meeting with Helen for over four years and continue to be impressed with her mastery of grammar, vocabulary, style, and nuance, which is rivaled only by her cultural knowledge and unyielding patience. She teaches with a delicate touch but always makes her point understood. She does not obsesses over minor mistakes and gives you the space to practice without stopping you every second to correct you. She's always willing to review old lessons and connect them to new ones to reinforce your learning. I learn something new each time we sit down and practice. If you're looking for the perfect tutor, look no further. You've found her.

Posted Dec 18, 2019
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I can't recommend Helen enough! I studied Russian in high school and college, but it has been several years since I have studied it intensely. Helen quickly sized up my abilities and focused in on where I was lacking. We have been working together for several months now, and her class is the highlight of my week. Her positivity is infectious, and she continues to challenge me as an intermediate/advanced student!

Posted Dec 17, 2019
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Helene etait la première professeur avec laquelle j'ai commencé apprendre "le français". Je elle sais il y a plus 8 ans. Helene est une meilleure professeur russe de langue française :) Les explications sont claires et elle trouve toujours le temps d'aider, si nécessaire. Cinq les étoiles !
Елена была моим первым учителем французского языка, с кем я начал его изучение. Знаком с ней больше восьми лет. Елена лучший русский учитель французского языка. Объяснения всегда понятные, а если необходимо, она всегда найдёт время помочь. Пять звёзд ! :)

Posted Dec 16, 2019
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I have been taking lessons with Helen for a few months now--she is an exceptional teacher. She does a great job personalizing material, both focusing on my interests and honing in on the areas in which I struggle. Lessons are a blast because I always feel like I've learned something, and because Helen has a great attitude. I especially like her positivity and patience when I slip up. Lesson plans cater to various skill levels. I've been studying Russian for 10 years, and I feel like Helen quickly figured out where I am and how I can get to where I want to go. This has been my first experience with private, online tutoring; I really was nervous to try it out, but I am so glad that I did!

Posted Dec 15, 2019
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Helene is the Best teacher I've ever known! I have been learning French for 3 years. And as I remember I always had a fear of French speaking, I was often forgetting even simplest words and grammar constructions during my speaking. It was my biggest trouble and awful nuisance for developing French skills. But she had helped me to fix that by encouraging, using relaxation techniques, involving into every lesson activity and topic. I'm going to continue our lessons till I'll have got the highest level. Sure, it is not a trivial goal, but now I know it will be achieved! And what about your biggest fear?))

Posted Dec 13, 2019
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I studied French in a group and also individually. I recommend Helen as a very competent teacher with an individual approach to each student. Helen is also a very charismatic and positive person.

Posted Dec 12, 2019
Adam W.
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excellent and very patient instructor

Posted Nov 2, 2019
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only the first lesson but I feel very comfortable with Helen and she's very patient. I hope to have many good lessons with her!

Posted Aug 14, 2019
Sophia and Niko S.
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Helen is patient, kind, knowledgable, and prompt. My kids and I all loved working with her. We highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 10, 2019
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She has good teaching skill and personality. I'm a level 0 beginner. With her help, I feel no problem starting learning Russian.

Posted Apr 16, 2019
Whitney D.
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Helen is an excellent teacher!

Posted Dec 13, 2018
Chloe & Aiden G.
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Helen is so patient with our kids. They love her and she makes learning fun! They are working on their numbers in French so she had them play go fish to help keep the kids entertained. Highly recommend her!

Posted Aug 9, 2018
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Posted Dec 30, 2017
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Very good teacher !

Posted Nov 14, 2017
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Posted Oct 31, 2017
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She is very sweet and fantastic with kids. Very patient! The lessons are easy to follow and she has games and fun learning stuffs for kids. We are very happy with her! Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 22, 2016
Courtney B.
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Helen is an exemplary Russian teacher. She is on-time, always prepared, patient and her lessons well thought out. I'm making excellent progress and highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 30, 2015
Stephen S.
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Great teacher.

Posted Aug 23, 2015
Stephen S.
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Excellent teacher!. Thoroughly enjoyed the lesson.

Posted Jun 6, 2015

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Private language instructor
Apr 2014 - Present


Work as a French and Russian tutor, one-on-one classes in person and online. Students of all ages and all language levels. Help students to pass exams, to get ready for traveling abroad, to learn language for themselves.

French teacher's assistant
Aug 2014 - Oct 2015

International School of Denver

Worked with 3-5 year old kids (full language emersion) in a group (20 people), helped the lead teacher in the classroom, was responsible for lessons in small groups (5 people).

French teacher
Feb 2011 - Nov 2013

Alliance Française de Donetsk (Ukraine)

Worked with students of all ages (9-60), taught students in groups (8-10 people) as well as one-on-one. Prepared students for traveling abroad, passing language exams (DELF A1-B1), passing language interview.

French teacher
Aug 2010 - Dec 2012

Bilingual school 92 (Ukraine)

Worked with children from 10 to 18 years old, developed French lesson plans, organized group work, maintained discipline in the classroom, evaluated the students’ classwork and assignments.


Master's degree in French language and literature
Aug 2005 - Jul 2010

Donetsk National University

Secondary education
Sep 1995 - May 2005

Bilingual School 92 (Ukraine)



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Examiner, corrector for DELF / DALF
Oct 2013

CIEP (Centre international d'études pédagogiques)

Successfully passed training and then the exam and became an examiner and corrector for all levels of DELF / DALF (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).

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