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Larry Green: College instructor wants to bring number skills on board

Sara Thompson

Larry Green isn’t a stranger to the schools in the district.

As a Lake Tahoe Community College math instructor, education has been a part of his whole life, he said.

He has a solid understanding of the system at the federal, state and community levels.

He also has knowledge from participation on PTAs, as a student, parent and teacher.

“It’s an important part of me,” Green said.

When he was in Japan, he met his wife, Naomi. Their 12-year-old daughter Hannah’s first language is Japanese and English is her second. They send her to Japan for a few months out of the year so she can be bilingual. Being bilingual is important in today’s world, he said.

He said from what he has heard from the community, the 4-by-4 program is not working. This is the new schedule consisting of eight classes in the year, with four blocks every day. The board has to look at all aspects of the program when the time comes to determine what isn’t working and what is, he said.

“I’m still waiting to hear what’s wonderful about it,” he said.

With his doctorate in mathematics from UCLA, Green said he would be an asset to the board because he understands numbers and trends. From these numbers, he is able to forecast and help plan for the future, he said.

Green is helping high school students pass the California Exit Exams through online courses.

He said he understands the challenge of improving test scores, since he is involved with that process right now.

The community is involved with the district. It’s not the parents who are always at the PTA meetings; it’s the parents who aren’t there who need to become more involved, Green said.

One way to connect the parents is to start small, whether it’s volunteering at the school or even bringing cupcakes to a dance. As long as a connection is made, it can built on, he said.


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