Jeanne Petrus-Rivera
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Jeanne Petrus-Rivera

Jeanne P.

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English is the language of the world! I'm amazed at how many bilingual people there are now living in Mexico, where I live. Aren't you ready to be one of them? Whether your areas of need are academic reading and writing or casual speaking, I can help you to improve your skills. We will use a variety of online sources and books as the classes progress.

I've got ten years of experience teaching all aspects of ESL: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Coupled with a Master's degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in TESL, I'm fully qualified to help you bring your English language skills to the next level. My accent is a neutral North American accent and I can teach you how to mimic me and other Americans so that you can understand and be understood.

I look forward to working with you!

About Jeanne P.

Hello! I'm excited to help you with your English! I'm a native speaker from Cleveland, OH in the USA and have over 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. My attitude is relaxed and low pressure so that you can learn better. We can incorporate tongue twisters, video, music, poems, or whatever you are passionate about.

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.

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. Some people do better with two shorter classes rather than one long class.

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Betty
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Great teacher, I'm enjoying working with her.

Posted Nov 5, 2020
Soon
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I really learned a lot of the better English accents/pronunciations by Jeanne for almost 2 months. Her instructions and teaching methods are easy to follow and I have found very useful. I highly recommend her.

Posted Oct 13, 2020
Beatrysa V.
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The best teacher ever. I'm enjoying all our classes. She is really professional and knows how to find the right teaching strategy for everyone. She understands what language challenges I'm facing every day, and she is helping me become better at this, fix it, and improve it. Highly recommend Jeanne to people trying to get rid of their accent, fix their grammar, or ESL in general.

Posted Oct 7, 2020
Elise
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Great first class. Looking forward to many more until we achieve a final goal.

Posted Jul 3, 2020
Kun
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Jeanne is an awesome instructor. In a little over a month, I have become more aware of my mispronunciation and learned several nuances with consonants (such as t and the dark l) and vowel articulation.

Posted May 30, 2020
Tonya
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Jeanne has been working with me to reduce my accent and improve my articulation. She is a lot of fun to work with, very approachable, resourceful and a true expert in working with ESL clients. I’m getting more than I expected and highly recommend her lessons.

Posted May 28, 2020
Ilya
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I am very happy working with Jeanne. She quickly identified my pronunciation mistakes and from the first lesson we started working on fixing them. Jeanne is a real professional and I recommend her to everyone trying to reduce their accent.

Posted May 13, 2020
Maritza Dallas
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I am so happy to work with Jeanne. She is very professional. She is engaging and differentiate the lesson that best fit my needs. I'm very satisfied taking this class with her.

Posted Apr 15, 2020
quentin
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Great first lesson with Jeanne , a lot of tips and techniques to reduce my french accent

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Ruben
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Posted Apr 3, 2020
Jatin K.
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It was a very productive session. Highly recommend if you’re a non native speaker and want to reduce your accent. We worked on vowel sounds and also discussed a few things from diagnostics.

Posted Mar 26, 2020
Nattakarn
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The class was really fun and comfortable. Her teaching style is so easy to get the idea of the daily topic.

Posted Mar 6, 2020
Diego S.
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Great progress, good fun!

Posted Feb 28, 2020
Kanae
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Jeanne is a wonderful English teacher. I can describe her as a warm-hearted, bright, and curious teacher. She openly welcomes students and accepts the cultural differences. She patiently corrects my English errors and gives me many useful phrases that I can use in real life situations. I’m sure that Jeanne will support you achieve your goals. Try to take her class and ask her help to improve your English!

Posted Feb 13, 2020
Carol
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She's great! She is always looking for interesting topics and ways to make the class more fun and interesting, with her learning becomes pleasurable.

Posted Feb 12, 2020
Ruby G.
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Great first lesson, i cant wait to keep working on it

Posted Feb 11, 2020
Marisol
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Jeanne has been my accent reduction coach for the last nine months, and I have improved so much with her. She is very patient, makes me feel relax (which is so import when you are working with your accent), and I really enjoy our lessons. Since day one you will notice that she has experience teaching accent reduction. She always finds ways to help me improve. I highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Adrian L.
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Posted Feb 4, 2020
nadia
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Posted Jan 8, 2020
Soha G.

Great teacher

Posted Nov 16, 2019
Diego S.

Excellent

Posted Oct 22, 2019
Avigair D.
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The class is amazing.

Posted Sep 27, 2019
Avigair D.
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Today, i learned intonation.
i will do my homework.

Posted Sep 25, 2019
Avigair D.
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It was a fun and good experience.

Posted Sep 23, 2019
Avigair D.
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Posted Sep 23, 2019
Carlos M.
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Jeanne is a great teacher, she take her time explaining everything, she is very patient with me and is easy to understand her

Posted Sep 8, 2019
Fuad
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Best teacher forever

Posted Aug 24, 2019
Valeriya P.
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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!

Posted Aug 18, 2019
Maria
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Jeanne is a great teacher! She takes her time to work on anything that you need and has helped me tremendously!I recommend her!

Posted Aug 10, 2019
Marisol
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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!

Posted Aug 10, 2019
Gab
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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...

Posted Aug 10, 2019
Irina
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Posted Jul 29, 2019
maria ziarno
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Jeanne is a knowledgeable and insightful teacher. I can apply her techniques right away in my everyday life.

Posted Jul 7, 2019
Mehrnaz
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Jeanne is a great teacher!

Posted Jun 30, 2019
Ruben
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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.

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Carolin Z.
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Carol really enjoyed the session and looks forward to working with you!

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Issa
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She’s excellent!

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Mithil G.
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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!!

Posted Jun 14, 2019
Rodney
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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.

Posted May 28, 2019
Ingrid
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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.

Posted May 16, 2019
Alison
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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!

Posted May 15, 2019
Sarah
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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.

Posted May 14, 2019
Charles
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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.

Posted May 14, 2019
Mireya
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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.

Posted May 13, 2019
Susan
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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.

Posted May 13, 2019
Mohamed
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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.

Posted May 12, 2019
Rob
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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!

Posted May 12, 2019
Shermelle
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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
Impacted Solutions

Posted May 12, 2019
Georgene Goddard
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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.

Posted May 11, 2019
Marcela
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The Best teacher ever, always had a lot of tools to explain her lessons.

Posted May 11, 2019
Katie
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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.

Posted May 10, 2019
Gozde
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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.

Posted May 10, 2019

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Experience

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.

Self-employed
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.

Education

ADN (Associate Degree of Nursing)
Aug 2009 - Aug 2011

Cuyahoga Community College

MAEd
Aug 2002 - Dec 2004

University of Akron

BA Spanish
Aug 1983 - Dec 1987

John Carroll University

Languages

French

Limited Proficiency

Russian

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

TESL Graduate Certificate
Jul 2003

University of Akron

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