About Maria J.

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Maria teaches: Females 12 and up
Males 20 and up
Teaching since: September 2004
Last sign in: Yesterday


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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Receiving the Excellence Academic Award 2015 at UTRGV.


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)

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.


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
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.

14 Reviews on Maria J.

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Jason D. Mar 8, 2017
Verified Student · French · Online
Maria, is fantastic - made me feel totally comfortable and want to learn more ! Cest Bon !
Stephanie G. Mar 1, 2017
Verified Student · Spanish · Online
Maria is awesome, very patient and explains things really well. Muy bueno!
Sean B. Feb 21, 2017
Verified Student · 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
Verified Student · French · Online
I love my first class with Maria,I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
Chuck Feb 6, 2017
Verified Student · Spanish · Online
Maria is awesome.. especially if you are someone who is a total beginner.
Tracy Feb 3, 2017
Verified Student · 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
Verified Student · Spanish · Online
Maria is a great teacher. I really enjoyed our lesson and have already recommended her to a friend.
Phoebe Jan 17, 2017
Verified Student · 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.
Phoebe Dec 15, 2016
Verified Student · 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
Verified Student · French · Online
Maria est excellent!! Merci!
Maria Jimenez Frias
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