Hero of the Month: Randall Fenderson from Hollywood High School

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Mr. Randall Fenderson has been a force of healthy living at Hollywood High School for 5 years. As the health and leadership teacher, F.A.M.E (Fit, Active, Motivated, and Empowered) Health Club Advisor and Wellness Champion, Mr. Fenderson has made a lasting impression on his students and colleagues about what it means to be a healthy individual and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Assistant Principal, Lori Gambero expresses that, “through his strong leadership and his abilities to build strong  leaders among  his students, he has embodied, promoted and implemented impactful health and wellness activities.  In addition, he has been instrumental in leading the work with the Wellness Council among staff, students and community members in the promotion through these activities such as the Sheik-A-Thon, a hike to the “Hollywood Sign” each Spring.”

Mr. Fenderson’s next adventure lands him a teaching opportunity in Ecuador! Though he will be missed at Hollywood High School and at The L.A. Trust, we look forward to him sharing his experience and passion for creating a healthy community!

What do you do at Hollywood High School? I am a health teacher by trade, Masters in Health Ed…I got started in this field when I started teaching in 2000. I have also been very health-minded myself which is important and beneficial when teaching the material to adolescents.

What do you enjoy most about working with youth? What makes me happiest is when I have a student come to me and tell me that they have adopted a healthier behavior in their lives or even  better, have reached out to a loved one and gotten them to make healthier choices.

What are you looking forward to in terms of the work with The L.A. Trust (events, grants, future projects)?
Well, since I am leaving, this is a challenging question to answer. I look forward to returning at some point and linking back up hopefully with Hollywood and the LA Trust and continuing to build on creating a healthy school environment and wellness-oriented campus.

What do you think is needed to achieve a healthy school environment?  I think it is and always will be buy-in from all stakeholders’ the students, the parents, the community, the teachers, etc. Spreading the knowledge and engaging in the practices is what creates a movement and change and while we have made great strides, there are still obstacles that remain ahead that I hope we can overcome.

Words of inspiration/favorite quote? I don’t think I have a favorite word or quote. Maybe I live by the “carpe diem” (seize the day) attitude. I believe in the present. We spend too much time (especially in our heads) in the past and future and change happens now with what we chose to do everyday and how we live our lives. If something is important and matters to you, I think it is important to pursue it regardless of potential obstacles.

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