San Diego County goes Green


Maddie Bowman

Mr. Green helps freshman, Jacob Idris learn to work the camera before the opening on their live show. Mr. Green was awarded the San Diego County teacher of the year and is up for the state of California’s teacher of the year.

Brooke Wasson, features editor

Every day Carlsbad High students view the work of their peers through the morning broadcast, CHSTV. The man behind the production, Mr. Green, recently has been rewarded for not only his work here at CHS, but also for his influence at Valley Middle School. His journey of becoming one of San Diego County’s five Teachers of the Year began with his nomination for teacher of the year at Valley, and he continued to advance forward.

Even though Mr. Green was rewarded for his teaching, he did not always have his sights on this profession. However, teaching has impacted both his life and the life of the students.

“I originally was a social worker for run-away teens in Carlsbad, and I was asked to speak for the middle schools,” Green said. “And while I was speaking for Valley I enjoyed being in the room with the middle school kids. I never intended being a teacher, but after being with those students, I fell in love.”

This is the second time that one of the San Diego Teachers of the Year has been from CHS.

“There are thousands of teachers in the San Diego County, so you really feel as though you’re representing a whole bunch of teachers,” Green said. “I just feel so honored to be this figure head and representative for the district.”

Through his encouraging teaching skills, Green prepares middle school students for the high school broadcasting experience.

“His class is generally different from other classes because it’s a lot more interactive,” eighth grader at Valley Middle School Olivia Censoplano said. “We will watch and discuss videos or pictures about whats going on around the community. We also get to express ourselves by sharing our work and telling the class about it. We get to share with the class what we learned while creating our package, and then get feedback so we know how we can make it better. He is really approachable, so when we need help we can ask him.”

Green hopes his students are well prepared for the world after school, so he makes the schools news system as professional as possible.

“Our classroom or broadcast room is 100% real world,” Green said. “This is about as close to a real news station that you are going to find in the country, for eight years we have been ranked no. 1 in America. Everything that happens here happens every single morning on TV stations around the country. Today we [were] live by satellite, which is really rewarding. I mean how many high schools can do that? We are the only high school doing satellite broadcast, so it’s real world. Its deadlines, its pressure, my students get pretty good at the whole operation. It’s work, but I don’t think of it as a job. It’s getting to be able to do something you love doing every day.”

Green tries to encourage his students to live every day to their fullest potential, and pushes them to new levels.

“I want to send a very simple message to my students every day; if you have goals, pursue your dreams,” Green said. “Many of my students want to become filmmakers, but you know, it’s a tough business. If you don’t go for it, you will always wonder later on, should I have at least tried? So telling my kids to pursue their dreams is the message I hope to send while teaching.”