Meet our Team

Cinthya Trueba

Cinthya TruebaCinthya is the president and CEO of the Cultural Center for Language Studies (CCLS Houston), in Houston, Texas. CCLS is a language school focused on developing fluency in English, Spanish and Portuguese for corporate-level clientele. Cinthya draws on over a decade of experience in teaching, business management and public relations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. She is a graduate of Universidad Pan Americana in Mexico City, with a B.A. in Business Administration and Business Management. She served as the Executive Director of the Camera de Empresarios Latinos de Houston (Entrepreneur’s Latin Chamber of Commerce in Houston), and has been repeatedly recognized for her accomplished business skill, language instruction expertise and knowledge of Latin American business and social cultural nuances.

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Iraima

Academic Coordinator at CCLS Houston

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Venezuelan. Professional who majored in the Social Communication area, with a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and Language Teaching, and a PhD in Science of Management. She has specializations related to teaching, oral communication skills, art, and cultural management. She is also a scenic artist. Georgina has extensive experience in teaching, research and senior management, with proven practice in research, publications, and conferences. She has extensive experience in managing personnel in communication and media projects, as well as working in a multidisciplinary environment. Expertise in project development. Ability to work in teams and under pressure.

Excellent speech. Native Spanish speaker, intermediate Portuguese, and basic English.

Her passions are poetry, theater and cinema. Her friends are an integral part of her life.

Kelly

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A graduate of SHSU, with a Master of Education degree in TESOL and certifications in both TEFL and Second Language Instruction, I have been an instructor for 10 years, specializing in all aspects of ESL training: business communication; conversation; pronunciation; cultural awareness; reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; and TOEFL prep.

Working with all ages and all proficiency levels, my focus is student success and satisfaction. My mission is to empower students with superior communication skills, so they have the confidence to seize opportunities when they arise!

Student engagement is very important to me and is necessary for success. Students need to understand how the material translates to their every-day lives and they need to be able to utilize what they learn. Classes should be fun, motivating, and challenging. I’m always excited to be part of a student’s learning adventure.

Wes

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Wes is a Houston native and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications. He then embarked on an exciting journey to teach English in Mexico for two years. Well, two years turned into 8.5 years. He has experience teaching students of all levels, ages, and nationalities. He is currently studying to enter a graduate program in education. Wes can speak English and Spanish. He loves animals, cooking, reading, learning, and staying active. His teaching style is to make learning as fun and as painless as possible. His personal philosophy is: If you're not learning, you're not living.

Margaret

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Margaret Miller has taught English and writing skills in high schools and colleges throughout the country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hollins College and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Bowling Green University.

Margaret is also an accomplished writer more than 15 years of experience in corporate communications, producing marketing materials, case studies, white papers, website copy/blogs, electronic and printed newsletters, letters and speeches for clients in all industry sectors. Her articles, interviews and essays have been published in numerous journals and publications here and abroad.

An eager student of world culture, Margaret has traveled to 17 countries and more than half of the 50 United States. She’s proud to be a native Houstonian and to call Texas home.

Diane

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Diane is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Master’s Degree in Education (English as a Second Language) and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature. Originally from Michigan, upon graduation she moved to Venezuela and lived there for 40 years. She has recently returned to live in the U.S.

Seeing the need for effective English Classes in Venezuela, she created a small successful business doing what she enjoyed most, teaching ESL to students of all ages, most of whom went on to study or further their careers abroad. She has extensive experience in all aspects of language acquisition and is especially skilled in accent reduction due to her background in Linguistics, studies of multiple languages, and achievement of bilingual fluency in Spanish.

Monica

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Monica is an accomplished Spanish teacher of over 25 years’ experience. She is a graduate of Tulane University (Master of Arts-Political Science) and University of Houston (Master of Arts-Spanish). She was born, raised and educated in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She also has a law degree from Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil. She moved to the United States when she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study Political Science. After her marriage, she obtained her Lifetime Texas Teacher Certification in Spanish.

Monica’s goal as a Spanish language teacher is to instill in her students the passion for learning this language and to help them gain communicative competence, fluency and accuracy in the language use and an understanding of Hispanic culture.

Rita

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Rita is a native speaker of Portuguese from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.

Rita has extensive experience in teaching the Portuguese language in the Houston area to executives in the Oil and Gas industry, Corporate Groups and lessons with children.

Rita has developed individualized programs for students that that teach according to their level of language proficiency and deliver the best of the Brazilian culture.

Glaydon

GlaydonGlaydon is an experienced native Brazilian Portuguese teacher who graduated from Lutheran University of Brazil Law School in 2005 and was admitted to the national bar the same year. His experience in education started In Brazil when he was a professor of civil and constitutional law at the Lutheran University of Brazil. As a Portuguese language lover, he started to develop a taste for teaching linguistics in 2011 when he moved to the United States and became a Portuguese instructor for CCLS Houston.

Glaydon brings much more than the language to his Portuguese classes. A pleasurable and immersive environment; each class is full of cultural, social, historical and professional anecdotes that make learning a new language a wonderful and enjoyable experience.

Evelyn

Dr. Evelyn was raised in Manhattan, New York, whose parents immigrated from Puerto Rico and established residency in the melting pot of the world, the Lower East Side. Her friends were Jews, Albanians, Puerto Ricans, Italians, Irish and more. From there, her passion to learn what made other people different while intuitively knowing they were the same.

She has been a university professor at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level. Has a Ed. D in Psychology and Counseling. She practices individual and couples’ psychotherapy and life coaching. For the past thirty years she has developed and presented Conferences, Workshops and Personnel Development Programs in a variety of industries both in the United States and in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Evelyn has a Juris Doctor degree and is admitted and active in the following courts: State of Texas Bar and the United States District Court for the Fifth District of Texas; Supreme Court of Puerto Rico and all local courts; the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; the Unites States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; United Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Irma

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Irma is a consultant who has covered power & technology, marketing, oil & gas green business and mining projects for companies like 3M, Chicago Pneumatic, Axon Energy, Zadok Technologies, Titan LED and Achilles Information.

A Mexican native, Irma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Marketing from Christopher Columbus University and a professional Spanish Teaching Certification by CCLS.

Irma loves teaching. It is her passion and her calling in life. She has been teaching for 10 years.

She says that her students inspire her, make her laugh, and she always says that it is them who teach her many life lessons!

Irma is very enthusiastic, passionate, driven, goal-oriented, and positive minded. She always encourages her students to work hard and never give up, no matter how difficult the task.

Irma is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in both Spanish and English. She understands what people go through when learning a new language having arrived in the U.S. more than twelve years ago from Mexico. Her personal learning experience helped her understand what is important in developing a practical and easy tutoring program and successfully implementing it.

She has been teaching Spanish to adults at CCLS, and for the past four years She has also been teaching piano in an after school enrichment program.

Irma and her husband, Josh, live along the northwest area of Houston in the town of Tomball. They are very happy to be part of this community and feel it is a wonderful place to live and raise their daughter, Mercedes.

Tania

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I am a Brazilian primary teacher with large experience, who graduated in Journalism and became a Flight Attendant to experience a multicultural and multilingual world.

As a primary teacher, I have vast experience in literacy, since I taught for many years in public and private schools in Rio de Janeiro.

I obtained a Bachelor's degree in communication with emphasis in Journalism from Helio Alonso University and I flew in renowned Brazilian airlines, acquiring the necessary international experience to meet the most diverse demands in the translation field.

I graduated in teaching in one of the most renowned school of teachers in Rio de Janeiro - the Superior Institute of Education - in 1996 and then fulfilled another year of specialization in literacy and early childhood education.

In 1997 and 1998 I taught fourth grade for the private system and from 1998 to 2003 I taught in public schools, teaching children 4-6 years while attending journalism College.

After that I was in two exchange programs in the United States to improve my English, and there I also had the chance to learn Spanish.

Once back in Brazil I decided to become a flight attendant, which gave me the chance to know the world as it really is, with all the different people, cultures, smells and flavors and now I am happy to be able to share all this experience.

Coco

Coco is a native speaker of Mandarin, originally from China. She practicised law in Shanghai for several years before obtaining her Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice Computer Forensics. While enrolled in graduate programs in North America, Coco worked as a Teaching Assistant, honing her student interaction skills in class and during office hours.

Since graduation from San Houston State University, Coco has worked with professional service firms in the Houston area. This city has witnessed increasing demand from business owners and professionals to develop business in China. To prepare professionals for business in China, Coco developed “Business Chinese 101” based her extensive experience in business environments from Asia and North America. This course provides students with survival language skills in Mandarin and familiarizes them with the basic Chinese business etiquette.

Lucia

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Lucía is a native Spanish speaker. She was born in Venezuela and raised between Venezuela and Spain. She graduated from Simon Bolivar University with a bachelor's degree in architecture. During the first two years of her major she also studied Latin American and Spanish Literature.

Lucía became a teacher when she moved to the United States in 2015 and joined CCLS in 2017. She has extensive experience using teaching methods focused on the individual needs of each student.

For her, being a language instructor, it is not only about teaching a foreign language, it is also about sharing yourself and your culture, while encouraging students to do the same.

Byron

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Byron is an instructor of over 16 years’ experience in adult-education, more than half of that time spent as an ESL and college English teacher. He has helped hundreds of students — especially international businessmen and women in oil & gas-related enterprises — achieve their language goals, in addition to drafting and editing business correspondence, reports, and presentations. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he has visited Mexico, Brazil, and the Caribbean, and has made his home in Houston for many years.

“Having taught at another international ESL school, I really like that CCLS uses practical, conversation-based lessons that are based on years of learning-psychology research, which suits my academic side. But instead of lots of reading, CCLS focuses on listen-and-say exercises as grammar is learned. It gets people speaking the target language right away — and I know the value of that kind of immersion.”

In his personal time, Byron conceived and operated a well-received jazz club & salon in Houston, and is a long-time songwriter and music producer. In addition to teaching certification through CCLS, he holds degrees from Houston’s University of St. Thomas and Houston Baptist University.

Carol

Carol is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her Master of Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Instructional Design from the University of Saskatchewan-Saskatoon, Canada. Ms. Pianzola also has 30 graduate hours in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas-El Paso, and she holds Lifetime Texas Teacher Certifications in ESL and Spanish. Ms. Pianzola has enjoyed teaching ESL in a variety of educational settings, including public school, university, adult continuing education, and corporate.

Jodi

JodiJodi is a highly qualified, professionally recognized and internationally accredited Corporate Training Instructor with a degree in Psychology, formal qualifications in business and education and a 15 year successful track record teaching and delivering training and coaching programs in the USA, Canada, the Middle East and Asia.

Utilizing a highly versatile, interactive teaching methodology, Jodi presents with confidence, enthusiasm, conviction and naturalness and has the ability to connect to and capture any audience. She compels a powerful, effective and lively rapport with all course participants no matter what their background. Her priority with any group or individual is to always maintain a positive, collaborative atmosphere and ensure all training sessions are successful as well as pleasurable.

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Beatriz

CCLS Houston TeamBeatriz was a pioneer of television news in Houston. In April 1990, she started as an anchor for the first newscast in local Channel 45, (Notivision 45, later Noticias 45) and continued working there until November of 2005. Before she started as a member of the news team, from late 1987 to early 1990, Beatriz co-hosted the first Spanish-language variety television program in Houston, “Variadisimo”.

During her more than 15 years in television news, Beatriz served as anchor as well as reporter and correspondent, covering special assignments in Houston, and beyond. She also assumed the position of Producer, News Director and Managing Editor. As a correspondent, Beatriz covered historical events such as Pope John Paul VI’s visit to Mexico in 1999 and the Mexican Elections of 2000 for channel 45 and other affiliates of Univision.

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