Leonardo Rivera

Leonardo R.

Tampa, FL

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

I have being taking English classes since I was 6 years old, all the way to the second year of college. It ranged from the basics, of course, to grammar, phrases, and literature. Some of the requirements for graduation were to write poems, essays and opinions on novels or scripts and the history of literature in the United States, Spain and Puerto Rico. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with minors in French, Spanish and English. I have been teaching English as a second language (ESL) for over 2 years now. It started with a friend and fellow teacher's request to teach 2 Spanish-speaking small business owners which wanted to speak English fluently to communicate with their customers. They are the ones who have inspired me to add this subject here at WyzAnt to give others the opportunity to learn with me. They were very satisfied and are doing better in their businesses. What they like the most about my lessons is that I don't teach using boring grammar, verb conjugation and other ineffective school methods. I add to their vocabulary, follow a dialog-based English-teaching method, emphasize conversation over writing and I especially explain to them, in Spanish, the origin and meaning of the many American phrases. They constantly hear these phrases and understand the words, but not the meaning. We use lots of phrases in the USA and not knowing them is knowing only half of the language and not understanding important parts of the culture. I also tell them and explain parts of the culture they have questions about. A Spanish immigrant's point of view is very different from other culture's views. I know it because I am from that culture too, but I am also part of this one. Having said that, I am more than willing to teach folks from other cultures and languages, such a Russian. Main reason I emphasize teaching Spanish speakers is that I also speak the language. Hope to hear from you!

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Leonardo teaches



Leonardo delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 2 to 85

Teaching since:

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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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

Photos & Videos

Photo by Leonardo R.

Captured funds for Iraqi reconstruction 2003

Most important awards
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25 Reviews

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James S. Sep 18, 2019
Spanish · Online

Enjoyable and info packed at the perfect pace

David Apr 4, 2019
Spanish · Online

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

Donna Z. Apr 3, 2019
Spanish · In home

All of our employees love Leo! He is patient with our group and keeps things simple so we can continue to learn.

Marisol H. Mar 26, 2019
ESL · 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

Tammy S. Oct 18, 2018
Spanish · Online

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

Laura F. Oct 16, 2018
Spanish · Online

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

Tammy S. Oct 4, 2018
Spanish · Online

West D. Jul 13, 2018
Spanish · 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.

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Mandy May 20, 2018
Spanish · In studio

Organized and resourceful

Crystal M. Feb 4, 2018
Spanish · 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.

Kristian Dec 7, 2017
Spanish · 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!

Welton B. Aug 18, 2017
Spanish · Online

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

Christina E. Jun 19, 2017
Spanish · Online

Russ S. May 24, 2017
Spanish · Online

Very knowledgeable and experienced teacher.

Alexandria B. May 24, 2017
Spanish · Online

Great very knowledgeable

matt May 17, 2017
Spanish · Online

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

Anu P. May 5, 2017
Spanish · 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.

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matt Apr 21, 2017
Spanish · Online

Fantastic. Really good guy!

Matt R. Mar 29, 2017
Spanish · 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.

David Mar 22, 2017
Spanish · Online

Great teacher. Just what I was looking for.

mihajlo Jan 21, 2017
Spanish · Online

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

Jacob Nov 5, 2016
Business · In 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.

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Alisha M. Sep 18, 2016
Spanish · Online

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

Courtney Aug 18, 2016
ASVAB · In 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!

Mike Aug 17, 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.

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