Jeanne Petrus-Rivera

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About Jeanne P.

Hello! I'm excited to have the chance to help you with your English! I'm a native speaker from Cleveland, OH in the USA and have ten years of experience teaching Accent Reduction and ESL. I've got a BA in Spanish and a Master's in Education with a Graduate Certificate in TESL. My students LOVE me a lot and I always receive high ratings. I also speak fluent Spanish and I'm learning French and Russian, so I know the challenge of mastering a foreign language.

My favorite area to teach is pronunciation and accent reduction, but I can also help you with grammar, reading, writing, idioms, phrasal verbs, vocabulary... you name it! Need help with a presentation? Want me to check your emails? I'm happy to help. In addition, I like to have fun when I teach so that you have fun as you learn. We can incorporate tongue twisters, video, poems, or whatever you are passionate about.
IMPORTANT: I am a very light-hearted person. At the same time, I am responsible as a teacher, but if you are a person who takes life very seriously, I may not be a good fit for you.

I've also got an Associate's degree in nursing and a background in business, as I was the owner of a food business for 3 1/2 years. So I'd be happy to focus on either medical or business vocabulary if you like. Currently, I live in Mexico with my husband and our pooch, Flaco. I was away from teaching for a few years but I'm happy to be back into it and meeting new friends from all over the world. Like you!

NOTE ABOUT SCHEDULING: in order to get the most benefit in as short a time as possible, I recommend scheduling classes 2 to 3 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes.

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  • Speaks Russian, French, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 18 and up

Reviews (34)

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nadia Jan 8, 2020
Accent Reduction · Online

Soha G. Nov 16, 2019

Great teacher

Diego S. Oct 22, 2019


Avigair D. Sep 27, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

The class is amazing.

Avigair D. Sep 25, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Today, i learned intonation.
i will do my homework.

Avigair D. Sep 23, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

It was a fun and good experience.

Avigair D. Sep 23, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Carlos M. Sep 8, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Jeanne is a great teacher, she take her time explaining everything, she is very patient with me and is easy to understand her

Fuad Aug 24, 2019
ESL · In studio

Best teacher forever

Valeriya P. Aug 18, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

I'm enjoying my accent reduction lessons with Jeanne! She is very experienced and helps you identify areas for improvement quickly. Jeanne is also great at showing various techniques for better pronunciation that you can apply right away in the real life. Overall, I am very satisfied with how much I'm learning during our lessons and looking forward to our future classes!

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Maria Aug 10, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Jeanne is a great teacher! She takes her time to work on anything that you need and has helped me tremendously!I recommend her!

Marisol Aug 10, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

I highly recommend Jeanne. She has been helping me with my accent reduction for about ten weeks now, and I am very happy with the results that I am getting. We work on intonation and the English sounds that do not exist in my native language (Spanish). I sound more American now. She is very patient and tailors the lessons according to my needs. Thank you, Jeanne!

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Gab Aug 10, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

She didn't show for the first meeting. Later claimed she had forgotten... I'm busy and kept time available, so my time was wasted. Her responses were also rather unprofessional and lax. Makes me wonder about the veracity of all those 5-star reviews...

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Irina Jul 29, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

maria ziarno Jul 7, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Jeanne is a knowledgeable and insightful teacher. I can apply her techniques right away in my everyday life.

Mehrnaz Jun 30, 2019
ESL · Online

Jeanne is a great teacher!

Ruben Jun 18, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Jeanne is an excellent instructor that goes above and beyond her duties to make her students succeed. She is a very professional and patient ESL/Accent Reduction teacher. She has a prepared lesson plan (book) and assigns homework (upon request) in between lessons. Her work plan is also flexible upon request of the student, and at least one time, she was delighted to help me improve the pronunciation of one of my projects. She even stayed past the scheduled lesson time so I could meet some of the time constraints of the project. I highly recommended her for any non-native speaker looking to improve his/her accent at an affordable price.

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Carolin Z. Jun 18, 2019
ESL · Online

Carol really enjoyed the session and looks forward to working with you!

Issa Jun 18, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

She’s excellent!

Mithil G. Jun 14, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

I enjoyed the lessons so much I purchased 10 more. Her classes are fun, she has a good knowledge of the things she teaches and I really admire how approachable she is. In short everything, I could expect in a teacher. Highly recommended!!

Rodney May 28, 2019
ESL · In studio

I had the pleasure to work for and with Jeanne at El Barrio/Centers for Families and Children Services. She was the ESL Coordinator and Teacher there and I worked as her Assistant teacher for almost a year.

I saw first hand how quickly students became relaxed with her teaching method, and then quickly advancing their oral, written and reading skills in English. Many of her students when on to get advanced employment and further their education.

Jeanne is a remarkable person with a wide variety of skill sets and resources at her disposal, which will undoubtedly add to her student's learning experience. She will be an invaluable asset to you and her students.

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Ingrid May 16, 2019
ESL · Online

I have known Jeanne for about ten years as an English as a Foreign Language teacher. She is by far one of the most accomplished teachers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She has the special gift of effectively teaching adults, understands the challenges of adult learning and has enough experience to be able to navigate her students’ learning processes from a variety of perspectives and with individualized strategies.
Her students, without exception, love her. Jeanne is patient - almost without limits, compassionate, funny, culturally competent and determined to see her students succeed. Oh, and did I say that she is great at phoenetics and accent reduction? Do not hesitate in enrolling in a class with Jeanne. You will gain a teacher and friend for life.

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Alison May 15, 2019
ESL · Online

I highly recommend Jeanne as a teacher! She is a very experienced teacher, which gives me as the student great confidence in her skills. She has a very warm, kind personality, which makes lessons really fun and enjoyable. Working with her really builds your confidence. I would choose her over any other ESL teacher! Choose her - you will be so glad you did!

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Sarah May 14, 2019
ESL · In studio

I worked with Jeanne when she was teaching ESL at West Side Ecumenical Ministry in Cleveland, and I was a volunteer ESL Teaching Assistant. Jeanne was an excellent and well-loved teacher. Jeanne created a welcoming and fun learning environment for the students in the classroom. She effectively used my skills as a native English speaker by asking me to work with small groups or one-to-one with students who were very new to learning English. Jeanne was adaptable with a changing group of students, all working at different levels, all at the same time. She was an excellent collaborator, and had a good sense of humor, which everyone needs at times when learning a new language! If you are looking to study, Jeanne is a smart choice.

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Charles May 14, 2019
ESL · In studio

Without her I couldn't of gotten my associate degree. I remembered when I first came to America, I couldn't speak English at all. Since the day she became my ESL teacher, I was able to speak english clearly due her great teaching skills.

Mireya May 13, 2019
Accent Reduction · In home

Jeanne was an excellent teacher. She used to go to our house and my husband and I improved our English a lot, especially regarding our accents. She is really nice and tries to accommodate the lessons depending on each person's interest.

Susan May 13, 2019
ESL · Online

Jeanne is an excellent ESL teacher! She is dynamic and supportive, and I'm sure these qualities will be evident in an on-line course! She is creative so her assignments will engage the students. Jeanne is dependable, prepared and organized. Jeanne also understands the cultural difficulties students face, and she tailors her activities to the students' needs. I recommend her with no reservations and wish her well in her new on-line endeavor.

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Mohamed May 12, 2019
ESL · In studio

Jeanne was my grammar instructor during my English as Second Language classes in Cuyahoga Community College. She was the best among all instructors she clearly understood our situations as a non-English speakers and helped us in every different aspect. Her class was very informative, helpful and professional.

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Rob May 12, 2019
ESL · Online

Jeanne Led an ESL center that I volunteered at in Cleveland OH. She was a great program leader and a fantastic teacher. She's has a sophisticated understanding of language nuances and how to help others develop skills. She's also a great human. Highly recommend!

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Shermelle May 12, 2019
ESL · Online

Jeanne is an amazing instructor! Her dedication to the student’s success is very important to her. She is willing to go above and beyond. I would highly recommend her!
Shermelle Rush MSM, MSCM
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Georgene Goddard May 11, 2019
ESL · In studio

Actually Jeanne was my tutor for Spanish in Cleveland, OH. I was progressing along beautifully thanks to Jeanne. She is patient, thorough and will make sure that her students get the best education that is available.

Marcela May 11, 2019
ESL · In studio

The Best teacher ever, always had a lot of tools to explain her lessons.

Katie May 10, 2019
ESL · In studio

As an instructor and a supervisor, Jeanne is a wealth of knowledge! She is an engaging, energetic instructor and a strong and competent supervisor. I would gladly work with or for Jeanne again.

Gozde May 10, 2019
ESL · In studio

She is the best teacher I have ever had in my entire school life! She understands that it is not easy to learn a different language so she tries to help as much as she can. She is incredably patient, friendly and helpful. I was so lucky to have her as my teacher and I am so glad to meet her. I would give her infinity stars.

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ESL Instructor
Sep 2006 - May 2012

Cuyahoga Community College

I taught the four skill areas in a range of levels from basic to advanced.

ESL Instructor/Adult Education Coordinator
Jan 2004 - Jan 2012

El Barrio, Cleveland, OH

I taught all levels of English for community-based classes. I also ran the program by testing and placing students, planning outings, and coordinating a staff of volunteers.

Jan 1999 - Oct 2000

Jeanne's English School

I lived in Mexico for two years and taught a range of students from beginner to advanced in my own English school.


Aug 2002 - Dec 2004

University of Akron

BA Spanish
Aug 1983 - Dec 1987

John Carroll University



Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


TESL Graduate Certificate
Jul 2003

University of Akron

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