• Name: Garrett S
  • Los Angeles Classes: Italian
  • Locations: Los Feliz, Los Angeles, Silverlake
  • About: Ciao! My name is Garrett and I am the President, and founder of Strommen - I am also an Italian tutor.

    Education runs in my blood. My mother was an art professor and my father was the Dean of Temple University's study abroad campus in Rome, Italy, for 25 years. I grew up on the campus and travelled to every corner of Italy on the university trips benefiting from the college lectures.

    My parents put me in an Italian school when I was 8 and I picked it up in about 3 months (Roman slang and all). This is perhaps the only "easy" way to learn a language! At Strømmen we strive to do the next best thing. We try to create an immersion experience right here in Los Angeles. This summer for example, we will have a German group class at the Berlin Currywurst BierGarten, we also host free cultural events like Mexican movie night and Foreign language Karaoke night on my friends Karaoke RV (yes you heard that right, a Karaoke RV).

    I love teaching. I am always impressed and humbled when I see such interest for foreign language in our city.I am currently studying French myself. I took Spanish at Strommen and I can now speak fluently.

    I also love innovating and improving things at our company for both students and tutors. We want to have the world’s very best language professionals. Private tutors at one time were only at the disposal of kings and nobility. Now it is quite the opposite, tutors have been commodified and diluted in vast online marketplaces. Our company and tutors stand out, and we aim to create a company that can help them to be successful and feel respected and heard. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, playing soccer, rollerskating and making art.

    See you soon at a Strommen event or in class! If you want to read a little more about me, check out a recent article in Slate.com or an article in L'italo Americano (in Italian), or an article here about my experience starting Strommen or my wikipedia page A presto!
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