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Our Principles

Childhood
Childhood

It forms the foundation of a person's
growth, knowledge, and
emotional health.

Culture
Culture

Learning new languages should
enhance, not replace, local customs,
traditions, and languages.

Bridges
Bridges

We connect educators and administrators with real-world teaching strategies informed by research-based academic knowledge, uniting them for collaborative learning, and linking individual growth with community needs.

Teaching
Teaching

Our educational approach emphasizes learning centered around the child, where language is a key tool for genuine expression and interaction.

Our Mission

Empowering childhood educators globally to champion bilingual education by
connecting educators across borders and delivering high-quality courses that inspire excellence in teaching.

Founders Ana Carolina Paulista Lucas

Ana Carolina, a Brazilian native with fluency in both Portuguese and English languages, brings over 15 years of experience in bilingual education to her role as co-founder of Early Beginnings. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Education and Biology for Secondary Education, she further deepened her expertise with a postgraduate degree in School Administration and is currently pursuing a Master's in Education.

Throughout her career, Ana Carolina has nurtured young minds across continents, working with children aged 3-10 in Brazil, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. This global experience has instilled in her a strong multicultural perspective, emphasizing the holistic development of each child. She champions the "hundred languages" of children, recognizing self-expression, relationship-building, and cultural/cognitive expansion as their core functions.

Ana Carolina's dedication extends beyond the classroom. Co-founding Bilinguistas in Brazil and Early Beginnings internationally, she actively contributes to the field through course creation (e.g., Core Practices in a Bilingual Early Childhood Classroom), resource development (e.g., NABE's Para Niños course), teacher mentorship, conference presentations, and advocating for research-based early childhood education practices.

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Founders Rebekah Sampson

Rebekah, a bilingual American with a deep understanding of diverse cultures, brings over 20 years of experience in bilingual education to her role as co-founder of Early Beginnings. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Education with focuses on Intercultural Studies and TESOL, she further pursued a Master of Business Administration and a postgraduate degree in Management, Leadership, and Technology, demonstrating her dedication to both education and strategic growth.

Throughout her career, Rebekah has left her mark on classrooms, schools, and communities in Iraq, the United States, and Brazil. As a teacher, trainer, and school manager, she has consistently championed holistic bilingual education, enriching the lives of educators, students, and families alike.

Rebekah's impact extends beyond direct interaction. Co-founding both Bilinguistas in Brazil and Early Beginnings internationally, she actively shapes the field through various contributions. These include courses like "Bilingual Teachers: Essence & Value" and "Foundations of Bilingual Early Years Education," resource development for NABE's Para Niños course, school coordinator mentorship, consulting work, and advocating for research-based early childhood education practices.

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