Levi Antrim (born November 15, 1986), also known as Herr Antrim, was born in Effingham, Illinois. He attended a few different elementary schools before his family settled down near Stewardson, Illinois and he attended Stewardson-Strasburg High School. The only foreign language that was offered at the school when he entered high school was German. This was the first spark of learning German.
Herr Antrim’s 1st Trip to Germany
Despite the incredibly small size of the school, they had a very successful German American Partnership Program (GAPP) exchange with a small school in Thuringia, Germany near Eisenach. Herr Antrim was fortunate enough to take part in this exchange between his junior and senior years. In the fall he hosted a German student from the partner school for three weeks. In June he took his first trip to Germany. There he stayed with his partner’s family. The group of students from Stewardson-Strasburg High School also visited Berlin, Wiesbaden and the Rhine River Valley.
Herr Antrim at EIU
He attended Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, Illinois. He started as a Chemistry major, but after a year of getting C’s in that while earning A’s in German, which he was taking just for fun, he switched his major to German. He earned his degree with teacher certification. After graduation he received a grant from Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD, German American Exchange Service) to take a summer course at Humboldt University of Berlin.
Herr Antrim’s 1st Teaching Job
Before Herr Antrim even left for his summer course in Berlin, he took a job at Edwardsville High School (EHS) teaching German 1 and 2. Since 2009 he has been a high school German teacher with a passion for teaching as many people German as he can. With this in mind he created the YouTube channel “Learn German with Herr Antrim” in 2011. He originally intended the videos on his YouTube channel for his German students in his physical classes at EHS, but after some positive feedback from other German teachers and German learners, he decided to continue making videos. In 2019 he released his first e-book for German learners complete with worksheets, answer keys, audio files, flashcards and more. He continues teaching German to this day.
Herr Antrim’s Personal Life
Once Herr Antrim got his first teaching job, he moved from Effingham, Illinois to Edwardsville, Illinois. In 2010 Herr Antrim married the love of his life. Once he had gotten used to teaching German at Edwardsville High School, he started his YouTube channel in January of 2011. In 2012 his first child, Sophia, was born. In 2013 he bought his first home. His son, Luke was born in 2017.