Testimonials

From My Students

"Jessica’s lessons positively impacted my performance and communication with my French clients, and generated growth for my business. She gave me the confidence to speak to Quebeckers, and enter the Quebec market in a pleasant way. She also helped me clarify the message I want to convey to my audience. Jessica is a professional, patient and creative teacher! "

Andrea Villa

Photographer, Filmmaker

" Jessica is a great resource for artists learning french. She is very patient, knowledgable, and most importantly she understands the art world! She offered specific and customizable learning plans that center around my work in grant writing and theatre creation. "

Jesse Stong

Educator, Dramaturge Artist

" Jessica coached me in conversational French. I appreciated her way of integrating lessons with my everyday and professional life experiences in International Development. She got me to enjoy practicing and refining my language skills. Jessica cleverly creates ways to serve a student’s specific needs keeping the study fun and interesting. "

Stephanie Tholand

Director of Program & Partnership Development

" A very professional, polite, and welcoming tutor. As a queer person, I felt comfortable and respected, and I was able to learn the terminology that is often used within the LBGTIQIA2+ community. She takes time to customize and deliver material in a way that matches your learning style, and she is flexible if things need to change. "

Gustavo

Adjunct Professor, Sociopolitical Coordinator

" Jess is magic! I had specific goals to broaden my vocabulary and to find a job in French. By week three, I had already completed my goals! If you’re looking to complete specific goals, go to Jess!!! She will be a wonderful support, and I have no doubt that whatever you want to accomplish, you can accomplish with her. "

Feliz Tupe

3D Artist & Facilitator

" Learning French with Jessica is a blast! She puts a lot of care into making sure our time together is engaging, and just the right level of challenging. My knowledge of, and confidence in the language, improved right away! Her enthusiasm helps me stay motivated and focused. Learning with Jessica is a sure way to improve your French! "

Rayn Backer

Age Activist

" After lessons with Jessica, I’m finally confident and comfortable what I’ve learned outside of the classroom! I’m able to represent myself professionally in French, and am participating in 100% French meetings where I volunteer. Huge steps up from where I was years ago! "

Anonymous

Developer

" Vocabulary and grammatical rules found in textbooks do not reflect how the language is used in day to day life. when communicating (speaking or writing) with real, live, native Francophones, knowing colloquialisms and idioms is as important as knowing how to conjugate your verb tenses. Jess covers all these bases! "

Nicholas Ryan

Production Manager, Composer, Multi-media Artist

" We wanted to study French together, and Jessica crafted a lesson plan for us that included both simultaneous and separate sessions, and accommodated our travel plans with remote lessons. She identified areas of grammar and vocabulary to improve, and situated language usage topics in contexts that were familiar to us. A great experience, and a valuable investment for us. "

Julian & Kyla

Musicians

" Coming from Berlin, my classes with Jess helped me to express myself more freely in French, broaden my vocabulary, and provided a great setting to talk and learn about Montreal culture and arts. Jess also gives great recommendations on what magazines, shows and artists to check out and discuss in class. Highly recommended! "

Janna

Copywriter, Editor, Academic

" French classes with Jess really helped give me a boost, with a better perspective on my language learning process and tools for continuing to practice. Thank you Jess for helping me bring down that anxiety, and make practicing French practical and dynamic! "

Bailey

Danse & Gymnastics Instructor

" Jess’ background as an artist and musician made it easy to relate to each other and helped me learn new vocabulary to talk about my own artistic practice in French. Jess has a non-judgmental and encouraging attitude, which helped me gain confidence in speaking outside of our weekly lessons. "

Max

Sound & Media Artist

" Jessica offers a level of imaginative pedagogy that acknowledges and embraces my interests, and my learning needs: neuro-diverse, over-excitation, with a kinesthetic and visual learning style. Learning with Jessica is a highlight of my week due to her enthusiasm, creativity, and ability to meet me where I am in the moment. She celebrates wins with me as I progress, and has a keen eye for where I'm in need of a redirection or a push! "

Anonymous

séparateur

From My Collaborators

" Working with Jessica on her EP Colour Your Walls was a distinct pleasure. While facilitating the production process (Montreal-Miami), her sense of direction combined with a desire to explore foreign territory and willingness to entertain new ideas was as remarkable as it was refreshing. For a new artist, accepting and giving constructive criticism is often associated with “growing pains,” but Jessica demonstrated a level of maturity and conciseness of thought that is rare in even seasoned artists " .

Andy Barrow

Music Producer, Sound Engineer

Jessica was invited to Vanier College to facilitate a 15’x6′ collaborative art mural as part of a campaign celebrating our lgbtq+ communities at Vanier and beyond. She brought vision and passion to the project, invited students to help colour, and offered explanations on her piece. She was reliable and consistent in her work, communicated her needs clearly, and was very easygoing. Well-organized, she remained within the budget provided, and efficiently coordinated her team of two. The finished mural is both magnificent and meaningful now located inside the L building at Vanier.

Andrea Palmer

Social Worker, Lead Organizer

Jessica Valmé occupe un rôle clé dans mon obtention du poste de Directrice à la programmation du Centre des Arts de la Maison d’Haïti. Intuitive, elle a vu un potentiel sous-estimé et a investi son savoir-faire pour m’accompagner, et m’aider à relever mon mandat mesurant son impact dans la communauté. Jessica est une personne ressource avec qui j’ai partagé idées créatives, et avec qui j’ai réfléchi sur comment atteindre mes objectifs en affaire. Tout est dans son style, Jessica est réellement à l’écoute, impacte mon travail et sa passion est contagieuse!

Keithy Antoine

Directrice, Fondatrice - Union Urbaine

Jessica is possessed of an organizational nature, perfect for unconventional settings, is capable of a grand overview, paying close attention to small details that amount to a coherent project. Colour Your Walls was not merely an album launch, but a complete art project: she maintains the ease to clearly express herself, makes certain her collaborators and volunteers are working with her on the same wavelength all while setting a pleasant atmosphere for those committed to her. Professional placidity that only experience can generate.

Aboudi Assoune

Architect, Director, Founder - Abnorm Studio Inc.

Through couple art projects, my experience working with Jessica was purely positive. In my opinion she is hardworking, creatively mature and devoted to honing the skills of her craft. Specifically in her album launch, she had a clear view for the shape it should take and was able to organize plus work well with her collaborators on the event, myself included.

Jodee Allen

Movement Designer

Que des expériences enrichissantes avec Jessica! Massimadi est fier d’avoir collaboré avec Jessica (2018-17-16). Une personne méticuleuse qui sait ce qu’elle veut, encourage la créativité, favorise discipline et rigueur dans le travail. Elle a offert ses services à l’organisme Arc-en-ciel d’Afrique en créant des œuvres contribuant à promouvoir le festival. Sika fait preuve d’initiative artistique, a le sens des affaires gardant un esprit communautaire.

Laurent Lafontant

Coordonateur général - Festival Massimadi

I had the pleasure of working with Jessica on a couple of songs on the last Dead Messenger album entitled The Owl In Daylight. I was not only impressed with Jess’ ability to take direction, but also with how she took the material and made it her own. The songs (“The Glass Hotel” and “Small Devices”) really came to life thanks to her vocals and harmony work.

Roger White

Band Leader, Singer, Guitarist

Respectueuse, professionnelle, novatrice et efficace de la conception à la réalisation au démontage, Jessica a gagné mon admiration, pas seulement comme artiste, mais aussi comme visionnaire et gestionnaire de projets. Sa conscience de ses points forts et faibles lui permet de s’entourer de personnes aux habiletés complémentaires, afin de pouvoir réaliser un projet de manière soignée.

Jennifer Laoun Rubenstein

Directrice du soutien aux arts et à la culture - George Laoun Opticien

Jessica was invited to Vanier College to facilitate a 15’x6′ collaborative art mural as part of a campaign celebrating our lgbtq+ communities at Vanier and beyond. She brought vision and passion to the project, invited students to help colour, and offered explanations on her piece. She was reliable and consistent in her work, communicated her needs clearly, and was very easygoing. Well-organized, she remained within the budget provided, and efficiently coordinated her team of two. The finished mural is both magnificent and meaningful now located inside the L building at Vanier.

Andrea Palmer

Social Worker, Vanier Vibrant Lead Organizer - Vanier College