When looking at English teacher Allen Lintvedt, you might think he is just your average teacher here at Granite.
But once you sit down and start to talk to him, you realize there is a lot more to him than just teaching.
Lintvedt was born in San Diego, California, where he lived for the majority of his life. While in high school, Lintvedt admits that he was not motivated. That was one of the things that brought upon his interest of teaching.
"I know a lot of kids are unmotivated like I was," says Lintvedt. “That made me want to help students to get a better education.”
Lintvedt first started teaching in 1994 when he got a job at Tulare Western. He ran a journalism class for four years, which produced one newspaper a month. Aside from graphic arts and advertising, which Lintvedt worked with for four more years, he thought about teaching adults who wanted a second chance at an education.
When Lintvedt started college, the first couple of years were rocky.
"I didn't have a major focus the first two years of college," Lintvedt confessed.
In fact, he ended up leaving his third year in college.
Interestingly, it was his interest in songwriting that got him interested in writing in school. With a few words of encouragement from a friend, he found a main goal in college, which led him to go back to school to get his bachelor's degree in journalism.
Teaching is not the only thing Mr. Lintvedt is good at. When he is not busy working with his English students and his CAHSEE review students, Lintvedt likes to play music.
It was during high school when Lintvedt started getting into guitar. During his junior year, he also began to write music as well.
"I came from a musical family," says Lintvedt, "music was always around."
Lintvedt started playing to get his ideas out and express his thoughts.
"I like the feeling of getting my thoughts out onto paper." Lintvedt said. He never stopped writing throughout the years.
Mr. Lintvedt even has his own CD called "Air Raid Sirens." A friend of his gave him the hint to record his songs and put them all together on an album. His sound has been categorized as "country blues." There have been many positive responses to his CD, including those from his students and other staff members, but he says it is not something he would like to make a career out of.
Above photo: The cover of Allen Lintvedt's album. (Photo by Sheng Lor)
Below is a track called Air Raid Sirens from Mr. Lintvedt's CD.