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

Overview

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.

Experience

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.

Education

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

English
Professional Proficiency
French
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

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.

Awards

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

Affiliations

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.

19 Reviews on Maria J.

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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.
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Christian W. Apr 26, 2017
· French · Online Maria is great--patient and fun, and she adapted to my particular goals and pace. Merci Maria!
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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.
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Samantha Apr 18, 2017
· Spanish · Online My first lesson was great, and looking forward to learning more.
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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 !
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Stephanie G. Mar 1, 2017
· Spanish · Online Maria is awesome, very patient and explains things really well. Muy bueno!
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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
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Priscila Feb 18, 2017
· French · Online I love my first class with Maria,I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Chuck Feb 6, 2017
· Spanish · Online Maria is awesome.. especially if you are someone who is a total beginner.
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