About Lowcountry Language Academy
At Lowcountry Language Academy, our instructors are bilingual and native Spanish speakers who have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution either in their native country or in the United States. Teachers are trained annually in CPR and First Aid. Our classes' high teacher-to-student ratio allow for our teachers to give students the individual attention needed to develop language skills in reading, writing, and conversation.
Our teachers share a passion for art, music, cooking, and their individual cultures. Exposing students to a variety of Spanish speaking cultures encourages a natural curiosity and appreciation for the multicultural world we live in. From preparing a delicious paella or empanadas to creating unique pieces of art utilizing sustainable materials, our teachers foster life-long learners.
Tania Schettini, Founder and Program Director
Tania was born and raised in Colombia, South America, where she completed her degree in social communication and journalism. Her career in media began in radio, where she worked as a journalist. Later she had the opportunity to work as a television actress. She was invited by Radio-Television Espanola to travel to Spain in effort to expand her knowledge in media. After living in Spain and traveling through Europe, her desire to learn English and broaden her career opportunities brought her to the United States. During her world tour she met her husband, Pietro, and they have been married since 1992. They have three beautiful children: Natasha, 22, Dominick, 18, and Isabella, 14.
Tania and Peter have raised their children to be citizens of the world by learning early on to love their birth country, while embracing their heritage. This sense of passion and cultural responsibility gave birth to “Cleats for a Cause,” an organization founded by the Schettini Family. Its purpose is to collect gently used cleats to donate to less fortunate soccer lovers in Colombia and around the world.
While raising her children, Tania attended Wake Forest University, where she obtained her Spanish K-12 teaching certification. Tania worked as a Spanish teacher in the public school systems in Charlotte and Winston Salem, North Carolina. Tania loves to travel, learn, and embrace other cultures, while capturing the beauty of nature, architecture, and people through photography (although her main subjects remain her children). Tania, her family, and their dog, Ringo, have resided on Daniel Island for the last 10 years, surrounded by "Southern Hospitality." The proximity to the ocean and palm trees reminds her of her hometown environment.
Tom Noren, Lowcountry Language Academy Music Instructor, was born in Rio de Janeiro where he began his guitar studies at age 12. He moved to Boston in 1988 and attended the New England Conservatory of Music, earning a Masters degree in classical guitar performance in 1994. Tom studied with David Leisner while he was at NEC. Since graduating he has performed and recorded extensively with the New World Guitar Trio and with HourGlass. His recordings can be bought at cdbaby.com.Tom has taught at the Longy School of Music, Tufts University and at Gordon College. Tom is currently the director of the Childbloom Guitar Program and Music For Young Children of Mount Pleasant. He also performs as a soloist and with John Holenko in a variety of venues and settings.