Lea Greene is perhaps the one member of the Greene Team who has the greatest reason to participate in this program. Lea’s grandfather was Robert Greene, the famous Newsday investigative reporter and the man whom this program is named after.
Bob Greene earned his fame by writing gripping investigative articles. One of his most famous articles was about tracing how heroin moved through the Middle East and across Europe and how it eventually ended up on Long Island’s streets.
But, having a famous last name does have some drawbacks.
“I feel a lot of pressure, and that everyone is curious about me,” said Lea. “[But] one of the reasons I decided to attend this program was to see what people thought about my grandfather.”
Lea was born on January 11, 1996 in Saint James, Long Island. However, when she was three years old her family moved to the small town of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. Lea is a rising senior at Southern Wake Academy, a charter school in her town.
She chose to attend Southern Wake Academy over her local public high school because of the smaller class sizes at the charter school, which allows teachers to focus their efforts on a smaller amount of students.
Teaching methods are especially important to Lea because of her plans for the future. She hopes to attend East Carolina University and earn a teaching degree. She aspires to become a teacher specializing in early education. Her primary motivation for choosing this career path as she described was “to see and help kids learn and grow.”
Besides journalism, Lea has a wide variety of interests. She played soccer for various teams over seven years before a knee injury forced her to give up the sport. Lea has a passion for reading. In fact, when asked to name her favorite book she simply replied “I have too many favorite books to name.”
However, she did admit to being “in love” with the bestselling young adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (unrelated to the Greene family by the way). In addition, Lea is also a fan of Shakespeare’s works. She particularly enjoys his most famous tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.”
Just like “The Fault in Our Stars,” the play centers on an unlikely romance between two young people. In the world of music, Lea’s favorite band is All Time Low. But her favorite song is by a completely different artist. It is called “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves.
For most members of the Greene Team, this program is primarily about improving our journalism skills, developing new ones and getting a taste of what college life will be like. But, for Lea Greene, there is an additional reason.
Lea desires to experience the profession to which her grandfather dedicated his entire life, learning some of the skills that he used on a daily basis, and connecting with her grandfather’s past.
“It [being part of the program] brings back flashbacks and stories about by grandfather doing what he loved,” Lea said.