Meet the Team
"YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR SUCCESS!"
Founder | English Instructor
Born in Cuba and raised in New York City, Rebecca is a cosmopolitan mix of academic qualifications and life experiences – she studied piano at New York University, completed her undergraduate work in Microbiology at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and earned an MBA in Business Management at the University of Houston, Bauer College of Business. Fluent in English and Spanish, and knowledgeable in Biblical Hebrew, Rebecca began performing as a child at Carnegie Hall and has held positions in Biochemistry and Virology at clinical and research laboratories. She has taught Negotiations and Conflict Resolution at the University of Houston, has been the owner and manager of several successful small businesses, and has lived and taught English in Cape Town, South Africa and Villahermosa, Mexico.
Today, she is the Founder and Director of BeaconBCS, a service for professionals and executives for which English or Spanish is a second language. She and her team of language training professionals provide instruction, training, and other support services to help close the gap in their language eloquence so that their clients can express themselves accurately with intention and purpose.
Verbal communication in our global environment requires purposeful development. Non- native (and native) English speakers receive instruction, training, and coaching in General and Business Language, Business Writing, Speech, Interview Performance, and Presentation Skills, and other communication skills with an individually tailored plan and curriculum that focuses on the client's goals. In addition, Rebecca and the BeaconBCS professional team of translators offer corporate consultancy and translation services to improve management and organizational performance in matters of written and oral communication.
Houston has been “home” since 1984. A graduate of Leadership Houston and a current Secretary and Compliance Officer for Prospanica Houston, she enjoys the diversity in art, culture and landscapes that lend vibrancy to the city. Rebecca also enjoys reading, crocheting, walking with her dog Mavis, and unmapped road trips.
Spanish | Lead Instructor/Translator
Andrea was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has lived in several countries studying languages and translation. She met Rebecca studying English in Houston, Texas. Her love of language and learning made her a model teacher as she inspired the learners around her. She taught literature for 9 years at the University of Buenos Aires, and in 2014 she started teaching Spanish as a Second Language. Her experience as an instructor of foreign literature helped her create an innovative method for teaching Grammar and Spanish syntax; She engages her clients, from a point in their own culture, and brings them closer to their newly developing language as they discover the wonderful experience of language mastery.
Andrea's classes are not "universal" – each has a particular recipient – as not all of us have the same way of studying, not all of us have the same way of learning, and not all of us have the same way of retaining knowledge. She designs her courses based on the clients' goals, needs, and time. Feeling pressured by schedules and obligations does not help the internalization of a new language. The learning process must be enjoyed by both the client and the instructor, and that is the starting point for a rewarding experience in the study of a new language.
Her work as a Spanish teacher is focused on quality and not on the number of students. It is impossible to prepare personalized classes if you work with a multitude of students. Working with a small group of clients helps focus on each individual. Offering quality time is Andrea's commitment to each client..