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.

Fani

CCLS Houston TeamFani is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher with over 20 years of experience in the corporate and classroom environments.

She is passionate about teaching, tailoring instruction to the needs of students considering their goals and learning styles.

Being bilingual herself and having lived abroad for many years, Fani has had the privilege of working with students of all levels and multiple nationalities, in group and private settings, face to face and online. From Accent Reduction in the English language to Business English, from teaching homemakers to CEOs or diplomats, she is always devoted to the students and their learning journey.

Fani has a strong academic background, with a Master's degree in Software Engineering.

Layla

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Layla is a multilingual, multicultural language instructor with an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from West Virginia University. She was born in Germany, where she grew up speaking German, English, and Russian, and has lived in the US since 2006. She has experience teaching and tutoring ESL, German, English composition (for native and non-native speakers), creative writing, TOEFL preparation, and English conversation, as well as proofreading personal, business, and academic writing, and translating German>English.

Layla has a genuine, natural enthusiasm about languages and language instruction. She loves immersive, interactive classrooms, and believes that learning to communicate successfully should be an empowering, joyful experience. She believes that language and culture go hand in hand, and that you can't teach one without the other, so her English instruction is always influenced by her students' cultural background as well as the cultural and social situations they encounter in their lives here in the US. A permanent resident herself, Layla knows what it takes to adapt to new environments and is happy to help students navigate new territories of both language and culture to make their day-to-day experience a richer, more positive one. She loves working with students from a variety of backgrounds, and finds that the best teaching environments are those where students and teachers learn from and about each other.

Layla is also a writer of fiction, poetry, and personal essays. Her work is published or forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Liminal Stories, Strange Horizons, ARTHouston, and elsewhere.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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