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Leonardo R.

Doing what I love: teaching, training, interacting with people.

Doing what I love: teaching, training, interacting with people.

$30/hour

About Leonardo


Bio

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. I love the Spanish language and culture, and it is my culture. I was raised and educated in that culture and language so I know it intimately. For many years I presented seminars in Spanish in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean on many subjects to adults of all ranks, from the youngest to the...

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. I love the Spanish language and culture, and it is my culture. I was raised and educated in that culture and language so I know it intimately. For many years I presented seminars in Spanish in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean on many subjects to adults of all ranks, from the youngest to the general officer level or government ministers, professors, students, etc.

I hold a Florida teacher's certification for Spanish. My Bachelor's degree is in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, and I hold minors in History and French (naturally all of these studies were done in Spanish, except the French and English classes). I continue to challenge myself by continuing my French courses. I was (since 1993) a licensed stock broker, a licensed insurance agent (since 1994) and now financial adviser (RIA) since 2016, which is my other passion and area of expertise. I love to help folks get ahead financially in this tough economic times. As you can see, my true love is to teach and to interact with people. My style of teaching is completely interactive so that we can constantly exchange information and learn, and with great variety, so that it never gets boring or tedious, as sometimes we tend to think about learning. 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.


Education

UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
undergrad
University of Saint Mary, Austin, Texas
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $30
  • Rate details: In person rate is $30 per hour, but most lessons are 1.5 hours long and the charge is still the same: $30.
  • Lesson cancellation: 5 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/25/2013

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Subjects

Business

Finance

Finance

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE. I am presently (since 1993) a licensed stock broker and financial advisor, which is my other passion and area of expertise. I would love to help you get your license as a broker and see you help folks get ahead financially in this tough economic times. But I also have been tutoring University of South Florida (USF) students in the "Principles of Finance" class. I have been using the CFIN2 book by Beasley as the text book. The best way I help finance students is by explaining how finance works, making sense of what the book says. By having a better understanding of how it works in real life, explained by a person that works in one of the finance fields, you get to understand it instead of just memorize data or having a foggy idea to just pass the tests. I also help with the online quizzes with the same objective, so that you understand and know the subject, not just pass.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. But I can also read and/or write French, Portuguese and German, so I might be able to help a bit there too. Hope to hear from you!
Finance,

Finance

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE. I am presently (since 1993) a licensed stock broker and financial advisor, which is my other passion and area of expertise. I would love to help you get your license as a broker and see you help folks get ahead financially in this tough economic times. But I also have been tutoring University of South Florida (USF) students in the "Principles of Finance" class. I have been using the CFIN2 book by Beasley as the text book. The best way I help finance students is by explaining how finance works, making sense of what the book says. By having a better understanding of how it works in real life, explained by a person that works in one of the finance fields, you get to understand it instead of just memorize data or having a foggy idea to just pass the tests. I also help with the online quizzes with the same objective, so that you understand and know the subject, not just pass.
Spanish

Spanish

I teach children and adults of all ages. My youngest students are a 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, my oldest was about 65. Most of the rest are high school teenagers and adults. My method is simple and straight forward: it is tailored to your needs or your child's needs. If you wish to become fluent in the language in a certain amount of time, we develop a plan that is flexible but should achieve your goal in the available time. If all you want is for your child to get better grades, pass a class or other more limited goal, then we develop a simpler plan to achieve that. What I don't do, is to follow routine school methods which use grammar and verb conjugation exercises which are boring, ineffective and usually a waste of time. My intent is to help you achieve goals, not teach once a week and hope it works or does something for you or you kid. Learning another language depends a lot on having a talent for languages. If it isn't there, then we just work a bit harder, but it is always achievable if you are willing and give it a realistic effort. Hope you try, let's learn!

English

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

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. But I can also read and/or write French, Portuguese and German, so I might be able to help a bit there too. Hope to hear from you!

History

European History,

European History

History is by far my favorite subject in terms of reading, watching documentaries and discussions. I hold a minor in World history and European history. Ever since I graduated I have continued to read history, especially military history, to complement my military career. History is important because it provides you with a perspective and understanding of present events not available to those that do not know history. In teaching or tutoring history I concentrate in summarizing historical periods and providing a clear understanding of events, causes and consequences so that those who want to know, can do so easily and in the shortest possible time. I don't concentrate on specific dates or events, but on general periods and on explaining the importance of events and historic periods.
World History

World History

History is by far my favorite subject in terms of reading, watching documentaries and discussions. I hold a minor in World history and European history. Ever since I graduated I have continued to read history, especially military history, to complement my military career. History is important because it provides you with a perspective and understanding of present events not available to those that do not know history. In teaching or tutoring history I concentrate in summarizing historical periods and providing a clear understanding of events, causes and consequences so that those who want to know, can do so easily and in the shortest possible time. I don't concentrate on specific dates or events, but on general periods and on explaining the importance of events and historic periods.

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. But I can also read and/or write French, Portuguese and German, so I might be able to help a bit there too. Hope to hear from you!
Spanish

Spanish

I teach children and adults of all ages. My youngest students are a 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, my oldest was about 65. Most of the rest are high school teenagers and adults. My method is simple and straight forward: it is tailored to your needs or your child's needs. If you wish to become fluent in the language in a certain amount of time, we develop a plan that is flexible but should achieve your goal in the available time. If all you want is for your child to get better grades, pass a class or other more limited goal, then we develop a simpler plan to achieve that. What I don't do, is to follow routine school methods which use grammar and verb conjugation exercises which are boring, ineffective and usually a waste of time. My intent is to help you achieve goals, not teach once a week and hope it works or does something for you or you kid. Learning another language depends a lot on having a talent for languages. If it isn't there, then we just work a bit harder, but it is always achievable if you are willing and give it a realistic effort. Hope you try, let's learn!

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. But I can also read and/or write French, Portuguese and German, so I might be able to help a bit there too. Hope to hear from you!
Spanish

Spanish

I teach children and adults of all ages. My youngest students are a 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, my oldest was about 65. Most of the rest are high school teenagers and adults. My method is simple and straight forward: it is tailored to your needs or your child's needs. If you wish to become fluent in the language in a certain amount of time, we develop a plan that is flexible but should achieve your goal in the available time. If all you want is for your child to get better grades, pass a class or other more limited goal, then we develop a simpler plan to achieve that. What I don't do, is to follow routine school methods which use grammar and verb conjugation exercises which are boring, ineffective and usually a waste of time. My intent is to help you achieve goals, not teach once a week and hope it works or does something for you or you kid. Learning another language depends a lot on having a talent for languages. If it isn't there, then we just work a bit harder, but it is always achievable if you are willing and give it a realistic effort. Hope you try, let's learn!

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. But I can also read and/or write French, Portuguese and German, so I might be able to help a bit there too. Hope to hear from you!
Spanish

Spanish

I teach children and adults of all ages. My youngest students are a 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, my oldest was about 65. Most of the rest are high school teenagers and adults. My method is simple and straight forward: it is tailored to your needs or your child's needs. If you wish to become fluent in the language in a certain amount of time, we develop a plan that is flexible but should achieve your goal in the available time. If all you want is for your child to get better grades, pass a class or other more limited goal, then we develop a simpler plan to achieve that. What I don't do, is to follow routine school methods which use grammar and verb conjugation exercises which are boring, ineffective and usually a waste of time. My intent is to help you achieve goals, not teach once a week and hope it works or does something for you or you kid. Learning another language depends a lot on having a talent for languages. If it isn't there, then we just work a bit harder, but it is always achievable if you are willing and give it a realistic effort. Hope you try, let's learn!

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. But I can also read and/or write French, Portuguese and German, so I might be able to help a bit there too. Hope to hear from you!
Finance

Finance

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE. I am presently (since 1993) a licensed stock broker and financial advisor, which is my other passion and area of expertise. I would love to help you get your license as a broker and see you help folks get ahead financially in this tough economic times. But I also have been tutoring University of South Florida (USF) students in the "Principles of Finance" class. I have been using the CFIN2 book by Beasley as the text book. The best way I help finance students is by explaining how finance works, making sense of what the book says. By having a better understanding of how it works in real life, explained by a person that works in one of the finance fields, you get to understand it instead of just memorize data or having a foggy idea to just pass the tests. I also help with the online quizzes with the same objective, so that you understand and know the subject, not just pass.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

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. But I can also read and/or write French, Portuguese and German, so I might be able to help a bit there too. Hope to hear from you!
Spanish

Spanish

I teach children and adults of all ages. My youngest students are a 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, my oldest was about 65. Most of the rest are high school teenagers and adults. My method is simple and straight forward: it is tailored to your needs or your child's needs. If you wish to become fluent in the language in a certain amount of time, we develop a plan that is flexible but should achieve your goal in the available time. If all you want is for your child to get better grades, pass a class or other more limited goal, then we develop a simpler plan to achieve that. What I don't do, is to follow routine school methods which use grammar and verb conjugation exercises which are boring, ineffective and usually a waste of time. My intent is to help you achieve goals, not teach once a week and hope it works or does something for you or you kid. Learning another language depends a lot on having a talent for languages. If it isn't there, then we just work a bit harder, but it is always achievable if you are willing and give it a realistic effort. Hope you try, let's learn!

Test Preparation

ASVAB

ASVAB

I am a retired U.S Army officer; retired in 2010, after 28 years of service. I served in support of the Navy and with the Marines. I can help pupils with their preparation for the ASVAB, which my son and step-son just took and scored 86 and 89, respectively. My step-son is now serving in the Air Force and my son decided to be a doctor first (cross your fingers). I can also help them prepare to pass the physical fitness tests and achieve the proper height/weight standards. But what I can do best is pass on to them my experience and knowledge about the services, so they can make a much more informed decision about joining and which service to join.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.8 (216 ratings)
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Reviews

Seemed well prepared, patient, knowledgeable and pleasant.

Will be helpful with my 10 year old, who really needs to learn the language before we move.

Dianne, 12 lessons with Leonardo

Java’ Asvab

Leonardo is a An excellent tutor he is helping my daughter tremendously with the Aza bad math portion and reading portion. She has gained great confidence in what she’s doing with him.

tina, 10 lessons with Leonardo

Fantastic Finance Tutor

Leo was excellent in tutoring an entry level college finance course. He is patient and knowledge. He was also willing to review the final guide ahead of time. Highly recommend him.

Gerlinde, 1 lesson with Leonardo

Patient and thorough.

He went above and beyond helping me understand what my teacher was asking. He was very thorough and helped with concepts I wasn’t grasping. Would highly recommend.

Jenny, 1 lesson with Leonardo

Very patient

He helps me though the problems and explains how to do them step by step. Highly recommend him if you need help with the ASVAB.

Jessica, 5 lessons with Leonardo

Great teacher!

Leonardo is tutoring me in conversational Spanish. So far, each lesson is entertaining and informational. Not only am I learning Spanish, but the history and culture of various Spanish-speaking countries as well as the etymology of some Spanish words. The conversations we have will help me remember the words and phrases he teaches me. I look forward to our future lessons and definitely recommend Leonardo for tutoring.

Katherine, 1 lesson with Leonardo

Good analysis of bond investment strategies

My professor at San Diego State University was making bond calculations complicated so I reached out to Leonardo. He made the subject easy to understand. We worked with BA2 Plus TVM calculations and compute those numbers into formulas for HPR and Annualized HPR. Great job tutoring and would recommend him for anyone who needs help in financial investments.

Rick, 2 lessons with Leonardo

AWESOME!

Easy to follow and awesome experience. I learned new material in an hour! It was my first time on Skype and I gathered as much information as possible through the Internet to understand and familiarize myself with the material. The tutor was thoughtful and experienced.

Christina, 1 lesson with Leonardo

Great tutor!

I had my first lesson with Leonardo last week to assist me with increasing my ASVAB scores. He is extremely personable, easy to work with, and patient. I like the fact that he sends work to do prior to meeting so we can see where my strengths and weaknesses are.

Jade, 7 lessons with Leonardo

Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

I reached out to Leo for assistance with my Finance course. I has having a hard time understanding WACC (Weighted Average Cost of Capital). He was able to walk me through the calculations with ease. Will definitely reach out to him again for assistance.

Ruby , 1 lesson with Leonardo
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