Leonardo Rivera

Leonardo R.

Tampa, FL
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My method is simple: it is tailored to your needs. If you wish to become fluent in the language in a certain amount of time, we develop a plan that is flexible but should achieve your goal in the available time. If all you want is for your child to get better grades, pass a class or other more limited goal, then we develop a simpler plan to achieve that. Learning another language is always achievable and not that difficult. Hope you try, let's learn!

About Leonardo R.

Doing what I love: teaching, training, interacting with people. I retired from the army after 28 years of active and reserve military service, so now I have time to do privately what I did for the army for so many years: teach and train people. For many years I presented seminars in Spanish and English in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean on many subjects to adults of all ranks. I am a Florida State Certified Spanish teacher. My Bachelor's degree is in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, and I hold minors in History and French. I am (since 1993) a financial adviser (stock broker, RIA) and a licensed insurance agent, which is my other passion and area of expertise. This tutoring for me is not a job; it is a passion, just another way I do what I love - teaching, advising and interacting with people. If this sounds like what you want, hope to hear from you soon.


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28 Reviews
Yazmin ..
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Very professional. My niece enjoyed her lessons.

Posted Jan 30, 2021
West D.
Profile-location-online Online

Not only is Leonardo and amazing Spanish teacher, he is also a mentor. When it comes to history and specifically military history he is a great resource. He makes history and political science interesting. never had a poor experience or a bad lesson.

Posted Jun 26, 2020
Rod K.

Leonardo is very helpful and insightful.

Posted Feb 11, 2020
James S.
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Enjoyable and info packed at the perfect pace

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Leonardo is a great teacher of the language and is very knowledgable of various cultures. He is always timely and prepared.

Posted Apr 4, 2019
Donna Z.
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All of our employees love Leo! He is patient with our group and keeps things simple so we can continue to learn.

Posted Apr 3, 2019
Marisol H.
Profile-location-online Online

It was a great class , Leonardo is a good teacher , his class dinamic is amazing , I’m very excited to continue my classes with him

Posted Mar 26, 2019
Tammy S.
Profile-location-online Online

I appreciate Leonardo's patience and expertise. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a Spanish tutor.

Posted Oct 18, 2018
Laura F.
Profile-location-online Online

First lesson with my daughter was great. She reported it as very helpful and Leonardo was very friendly and funny.

Posted Oct 16, 2018
Tammy S.
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Posted Oct 4, 2018
West D.
Profile-location-online Online

I have always had trouble with Spanish, I have been trying to learn how to speak it for 7 years on and off but I am making huge leaps in this language thanks to Leonardo. Leonardo is excellent at teaching, he will push you to do better and give you practical assignments. Most importantly Leonardo is patient, I mess up all the time and mispronounce words quite often. Leonardo loves to teach and he doesn't keep his eye glued on the clock, He will stay with you until you understand the material. I can tell that he is great at teaching since he has been doing this for a long time. Leonardo can sense when you are bored or stressed and he will switched the exercise and make it enjoyable. The hardest part of his lessons is saying bye at the end, other then that each minute is enjoyable. Take him and you will go far, probably farther then you expected.

Posted Jul 13, 2018
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Organized and resourceful

Posted May 20, 2018
Crystal M.
Profile-location-online Online

Leonardo is very personable, flexible, knowledgeable and fun to work with. He explains the etymology of some of the words I am learning and that helps me remember their meanings more quickly.

Posted Feb 4, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Leonardo is one if the best Spanish instructors I have ever had. This is my first online experience and I have learned a lot already. I am Ready to keep learning!

Posted Dec 7, 2017
Welton B.
Profile-location-online Online

Leonardo is great... he is fun-loving and makes you feel comfortable from the beginning.

Posted Aug 18, 2017
Christina E.
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Posted Jun 19, 2017
Russ S.
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Very knowledgeable and experienced teacher.

Posted May 24, 2017
Alexandria B.
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Great very knowledgeable

Posted May 24, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher. Wish I found him sooner. Funny and smart.

Posted May 17, 2017
Anu P.
Profile-location-online Online

This is my first lesson. Leonardo made me feel comfortable in learning a new language by providing good examples and study assignment. It is always beneficial learning from a native speaker, which I am now experiencing. I would love to continue my lessons with him and become a good Spanish speaker.

Posted May 5, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

Fantastic. Really good guy!

Posted Apr 21, 2017
Matt R.
Profile-location-online Online

From the start it's very easy to build a rapport with Leonardo. He is funny and engaging, which makes it easier to follow along. I'm looking forward to continuing lessons with him and improving my Spanish.

Posted Mar 29, 2017
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Great teacher. Just what I was looking for.

Posted Mar 22, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

This was my first class with Leonardo and i think he is really good teacher

Posted Jan 21, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Lt. Colonel Rivera is the best instructor/tutor I have encountered in my four years of college grade academia. His mastery of finance and military history/philosophy has had a direct positive impact on my career path and education level that cannot be overstated. Lt. Colonel Rivera will be the wisest instructor you'll have the honor of learning under. He will turn your failing grades in mid semester to 90%+ final grades with the work ethic and educational adaptability found only in higher level military education. You -will- become a better human being just by conversing with him. His leadership has that impact upon everyone he encounters. With his educational tenacity and understanding of the material, your grades will improve and exceed your wildest expectations. I speak from experience as my failing grade in finance became a 91% and my other classes rose from 83s and 86s to 95s and 97s. You hire this tutor and you get not only that but a mentor and role model. Consider Lt. Colonel Rivera as a instructor if you're serious about your immediate and continued success in academics, life, and career choice.

Posted Nov 5, 2016
Profile-location-online Online

Leonardo is very patient and professional. If you would like to learn to speak Spsnish, I highly recommend him.

Posted Sep 18, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

He is very knowledgeable in any subject area! Not only has me helped with the ASVAB but he gave me great advice in regards to the military. Highly recommend as a tutor!

Posted Aug 18, 2016

Leo is a great tutor. He has helped me to understand my math problems much faster than my teachers could. I defiantly recommend giving him the chance to be your tutor.

Posted Aug 17, 2016

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Aug 2010 - Present

Privately, self-employeed

Teach ASVAB, Finance, Spanish, English,

Retired Officer
Jun 1982 - Jul 2010

US Army

Logistics and Special Operations (Latin American Specialist), Instructor


BA Political Science, minors in History, French, Spanish
Aug 1978 - May 1982

University of Puerto Rico



Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Series 7, 63, 65, Insurance license 2-15
Jan 1993



Over 15 military awards
Jul 2010

US Army, DOD

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