Rebecca Durkin was born profoundly deaf into a hearing family. The youngest of two girls, she first learnt BSL at primary school at Frank Barnes School for the Deaf in London and later attended Nutfield Priory School for the Deaf. Whilst at these schools she perfected her communication skills, both orally and through sign, allowing her to grow up in both the hearing and deaf worlds.
After leaving school she worked in the printing industry for 20 years, as a graphic designer. In her heart, this was not what she wanted to do for ever. Her goal and driving force was to became a trained BSL teacher and teach people to sign as well as working more closely with other deaf people in the community. The draw of this and the dedication to promote deaf culture grew too strong and in 2006 she took the leap to learning to teach. She gained the relevant qualifications and since then has been teaching all standards of both hearing and deaf people in BSL. Rebecca has been able to realise her other dreams and now works as a Support Worker with Deaf clients and has been accepted as an External Assessor for Signature BSL Level 2.
Rebecca has been teaching people to BSL levels 1, 2 and 3 to accredited standard and has been coaching others towards attaining level 4 and 6. She has also undertaken workshops for local businesses and both local and county councils for groups of staff to differing levels.