About Maria J.

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Maria teaches: Ages 12 and up
Teaching since: September 2005
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Hi, there! My name is Maria and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching since 2005 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 French requiring and utilizing work with French companies as well my living in France definitely qualifies me for a solid command of French as well. 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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In my French class in Torreon, Mexico


Executive Assistant to the General Manager

Sep 1998 - Dec 2009
Montiac, S.A. de C.V., (French company 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)
o Management of the budget for the Engineering Department projects.

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 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.


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

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching Certificate, French language and culture

Jun 2004
Alliance Francaise

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


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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2 Reviews on Maria J.

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.
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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