U.S. History, Government & Politics
Alan LaGreen is a California native who grew up on one of the last commercial ranches in the San Fernando Valley. By the time he reached the sixth grade, the fruit orchards had become houses, and farming didn’t look like such a secure career choice, so he found a new calling -- Journalism. Alan and two friends started a weekly newspaper for their town. “We were state-of-the-art media…4 or five mimeographed pages every issue!”
Much later, Mr. LaGreen majored in Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Southern California, graduating with a BA. After several PR, magazine and marketing positions, he went back to school at Saddleback College’s broadcasting department and was the morning drive DJ for campus station KSBRFM. He tried out for (and landed) a spot with the news and traffic division of LA radio station KFI, where he was an on-air reporter for 15 years.
Mr. LaGreen is beginning his third year teaching high school U.S. History and U.S. Government at Emerson. He finds teaching history and reporting the news as surprisingly similar. “It doesn’t really make any difference whether the story you are telling is something that happened 15 minutes ago or 200 years ago, the facts
you want to bring out are the same -- ‘who, what, where, when, why and how!’ I’ve been encouraging my students that they can pretty much answer any essay question, in almost any class, using the same technique!”