Rebecca was born and raised in Houston, TX and graduated from The High School of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice. She moved to Austin upon graduating from high school to attend The University of Texas at Austin. She pursued her love of math and science and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2006. During her tenure at UT, she was involved with student organizations that mentored incoming freshman to help them get acclimated to their new surroundings. She enjoyed helping students and making sure they were exposed to all the available resources to make their transition into college easier. During the summers, Rebecca worked as an intern at a major oil company, where she was mentored as an emerging petroleum engineer and where she began to learn the real-life ins and outs of oilfield operations. After graduation, the oilfield landed Rebecca in different places, such as Oklahoma City, OK, Fairfield, TX, and eventually back to Houston in 2009. Rebecca did it all, from drilling and completing new oil and gas wells, to managing 1,000+ wells and multi-million dollar budgets. She also stayed true to her love of mentoring and mentored summer interns and new hires during her oilfield career to also help them get acclimated, as well as exposing them to as many learning opportunities as possible.
During the oil downturn in 2015-16, Rebecca decided it was time to explore other career options. She found Fusion and instantly became fascinated! Due to her passion for learning and using each day as a learning opportunity, Rebecca realized that teaching would be a great next chapter in the book of her life. She started at Fusion (and teaching) in February of 2016 and has loved every minute since! Observing students learning, making progress, and getting excited about learning is invigorating and fulfilling!!
During her leisure time, Rebecca spends time with her husband, Nate, and her one-and-a-half year old son, Austin, going to the park or the zoo, or spending time with relatives. She loves to travel and learn about different cultures. Her parents are from Mexico, so her first language was Spanish.