World Languages

Brandi Humble


Señora Humble teaches Connections Spanish and Spanish II.  She serves as the department chair for the world language department and coaches the BMS Bengal cheerleaders.  Sra Humble earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in Spanish from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, followed with a master’s in secondary education with a concentration in health and PE.  Upon returning to South Carolina she completed her master’s degree in educational leadership and continues to learn and grow with a variety of professional training and endorsements, including Gifted and Talented, Literacy, and ESOL.  

When not in the classroom, Sra Humble enjoys spending time with her family.  She has four daughters, and they regularly travel to the beach, the mountains, and anywhere else they can find adventure.

Nelly Garcia


Señora Garcia is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. She will be teaching Spanish I and Connections Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in linguistics from Jaen University – Spain and has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from La Gran Colombia University. She has been teaching for several years and thinks that studying a second language is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and to see the world in a wider way.

She came to the U.S with an international program four years ago, and she has enjoyed teaching at the middle and high school levels in SC. She loves spending time with her family, doing fun activities with her two kids, listening to music, traveling, and when possible, dancing!

Rachel Chartrand James


Madame James will be teaching French I and French II.  She is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, but has lived in Lexington since 2002.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and French from Converse College. She also received a master’s degree in education, administration, and supervision from the University of Phoenix. She has been teaching since 1998 and previously taught at the high school and college levels and in the district’s French immersion program.  When not at Beechwood, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

Donald Byrne


A veteran of grades 6-12 classrooms teaching Latin and Greek, World History, ESL, and English in public, private, and parochial schools, I came to BMS in 2020. I graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a major in Classical Studies that included my junior year abroad at the College Year in Athens. Later I received my MAT in Latin from Washington University in St. Louis. Before BMS, I taught for three years in Costa Rica, and before that, in North Carolina for six years.