Maria Teresa Jimenez Frías

Maria Teresa J.

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Maria Teresa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
September 2004

Hi, there! My name is Maria and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching since 2004 and have loved helping my students reaching their language goals in Spanish or French. I went to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and earned a degree in Spanish and French. In Mexico I had been teaching French for six years. Since Spanish is my native language, I feel especially competent in this language. However, my 15 years of experience working for a French company as an executive assistant to the only-French-speaking directors, as well as my living in France, definitely qualifies me for a solid command of French too. I'm a patient and caring person and my teaching style is student-oriented. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Executive Assistant to the General Manager
Sep 1994 - Dec 2009
Renault, S.A. and Montiac, S.A. (French companies in Torreón, México)

o Translator and interpreter at business meetings.
o Organization of national and international trips for the executive staff. (flights, hotel, rental cars)
o In charge of the assistance to the newly arrived French employees and their families. (Housing, schooling, migratory issues)

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Teacher of French
Sep 2004 - Jun 2009
Alliance Française

o Preparation of the weekly lesson plans to be submitted to my supervisor.
o The subject matter of my classes covered five areas: phonetics, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
o Head of the Monthly Cooking Workshop. Given in French for my students. (between 15 and 20 people)
o Participation in the end of courses events, with poems, songs, or short plays, directed by me.

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Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and French
Sep 2010 - Dec 2015
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Teaching Certificate, French language and culture
Sep 2003 - Jun 2004
Alliance Francaise


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


LOTE (Languages Other Than English) - Spanish
Jun 2016
Texas State Board of Education

It certifies that I have fulfilled requirements of state law and regulations and that I am authorized to teach Grades EC-12 in the public education system.

Teaching Certificate, French language and culture
Jun 2004
Alliance Francaise

Awarded by the Alliance Française, organization supported by the French Government to promote the world-wide dissemination of the French language and culture.


Excellence Academic Award 2015
May 2015
University of Texas, Brownsville
Member of the Honor Society Organization
May 2012
National Honor Society


Sigma Delta Pi
May 2014

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Carolina, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and partners with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Estudio Internacional Sampere, the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin, the Universidad Veritas, the International Association of Hispanists and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.

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Photos & Videos

Receiving the Excellence Academic Award 2015 at UTRGV.

My office at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. (UTRGV)

During my studies of Spanish and French in Brownsville, Texas at the University of Texas (2010 - 2015)

Photo by Maria Teresa J.

January 2018

Photo by Maria Teresa J.


24 Reviews

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Aurelio Lucci Oct 9, 2017
Spanish · Online

Although I have had only a few lessons with Maria, I can say unequivocally that she is a wonderful person and teacher. She has a lot of patience and care for the student. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Aurelio Sep 25, 2017
Spanish · Online

Maria was the best possible teacher she could be. I look forward to the next lessons.

LaTasha Aug 23, 2017
Spanish · Online

What a great session! Looking forward to many more :)

Sydney Aug 22, 2017
French · Online

Maria is great. I have been taking French lessons on and off for many years and she is definitely top on my list of French professors. She is well organized, knowledgeable, and dynamic. Highly recommend.

Marco Jul 11, 2017
Spanish · Online

I am a complete beginner and Maria was very adaptive. She walked me through the basics and kept the class engaging. I had a lot of fun in the first class and felt motivated to continue my study. Mucha gracias, Maria!

Stefanie Apr 27, 2017
Spanish · Online

Maria has a very welcoming and effective approach. She is very organized and knowledgeable as well as responsive. An excellent teacher.

Christian W. Apr 26, 2017
French · Online

Maria is great--patient and fun, and she adapted to my particular goals and pace. Merci Maria!

Christa Apr 22, 2017
Spanish · Online

Maria is really tailoring the sessions for my need to get conversational for our move to Costa Rica. She is very kind and patient.

Samantha Apr 18, 2017
Spanish · Online

My first lesson was great, and looking forward to learning more.

Glenice Mar 29, 2017
Spanish · Online

I am incredibly pleased with our lessons with Maria. My 12 year old daughter is learning so much and is having so much fun. Maria has fun and interesting lesson plans; sometimes games, sometimes cultural learning, and always lots of conversation. She speaks slowly and clearly so that my daughter can easily understand her. She challenges my daughter too. She is very kind and respectful and really enjoys teaching. My daughter is ALWAYS smiling during and after her lesson. Maria is very positive and gives lots of encouragement and compliments during the lesson. My daughter has NEVER been more motivated to learn Spanish. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Maria for teaching Rena and being her friend.

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Jason D. Mar 8, 2017
French · Online

Maria, is fantastic - made me feel totally comfortable and want to learn more ! Cest Bon !

Stephanie G. Mar 1, 2017
Spanish · Online

Maria is awesome, very patient and explains things really well. Muy bueno!

Sean B. Feb 21, 2017
Spanish · Online

Maria is an absolute joy. She goes above and beyond the average instructor and genuinely cares for her students. In the past few days she has helped me with my Spanish more then any other instructor I have had

Priscila Feb 18, 2017
French · Online

I love my first class with Maria,I'm looking forward to my next lesson.

Chuck Feb 6, 2017
Spanish · Online

Maria is awesome.. especially if you are someone who is a total beginner.

Tracy Feb 3, 2017
Spanish · Online

I love Maria! She is an excellent teacher, very thorough, patient, kind, flexible with the schedule and makes learning Spanish so much fun!

Sheryl Muth Feb 1, 2017
Spanish · Online

Maria is a great teacher. I really enjoyed our lesson and have already recommended her to a friend.

Phoebe Jan 17, 2017
Spanish · Online

I have been working with Maria now for several weeks, and I cannot be happier! She is so patient and very creative with her lessons. At the start, I informed her of my learning goals and she has gone the extra mile to ensure I reach them. If you're looking for a great, patient, and creative instructor I highly recommend hiring Maria.

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Phoebe Dec 15, 2016
Spanish · Online

I have only had one lesson so far but the experience was very pleasant. She quickly identified my level and took the time to understand my learning goals. I look forward to continuing with Maria!

Gina Dec 2, 2016
French · Online

Maria est excellent!! Merci!

Mst. Nargish Nov 21, 2016
Spanish · Online

Very responsible, friendly and professional lady. Her teaching skills are fantastic! I’ll continue with her and recommend her for others. I gave her five stars 3 times.

Rena Oct 27, 2016
Spanish · Online

Our first lesson with Maria went very, very well. My 12 year old daughter really liked the lesson, enjoyed Maria's conversation and said the time flew by! I am very thankful to have found Maria. After the lesson, my daughter told me, "Mom, I just can't stop smiling"! Her weekly Spanish lesson was not always something she looked forward to with her previous teacher but now she's completely motivated again! This change is a very positive one! Maria is very kind, very smiley, encouraging and gave a lot of positive feedback throughout. She spoke at a speed applicable to daughter's level of comprehension. She took the time beforehand to ask me about my daughter's interests and my expectations for the class. I believe Maria has customized her lesson to really grab my daughter's attention and promote a positive learning environment. Thank you, thank you Maria!!!! This is the beginning of something very, very good!

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Wolf Oct 10, 2016
Spanish · In studio

I have known Maria for a pretty long time, when she was a student of Spanish and French at the university. This was about four years ago. I knew nothing about Spanish. It was she, who started to ignite the sparkle of interest in Spanish, which I thought nobody would be able to ever do so. It was Maria's enthusiasm, her ability to patiently explain the differences of "estar" and "ser", always with a smile and despite my many, many mistakes. If you want to learn Spanish from a competent and kind instructor, choose her. You will be in good hands and learn a lot.

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Karl Oct 10, 2016
French · Online

It is my first time with a tutor and also my first time to experience an online class. I must admit that I was a bit scared and would not be able to accomplish anything but stuttering around. It was amazing, how Maria, as my French tutor introduced herself, made me feel comfortable not only to face a tutor, but also to help me overcome my "technological" fears. Maria is a kind, very patient and caring tutor. It was fun the way she explained and practiced some of the pronunciation rules and introduced and practiced my first French words. Two of them I would like to apply right now. Merci, Maria. Au revoir.

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