Robert Fendall wins 2019 High School Teacher Award

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Robert Fendall

The Sacramento Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce Robert (Bob) Fendall as the winner of its 2019 Janan Hayes High School Teacher Award. He holds a B. S. in Biochemistry from CalPoly San Luis Obispo and a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Sacramento State.

Mr. Fendall has taught chemistry at Sheldon High School since August of 2000. During that time, he has served as Department Chair of the Science Department for 16 years, coached the Science Olympiad team for 8 years, and been honored as the “Most Influential Teacher of a Top Ten Student” 4 times. He has also served on the Elk Grove Unified School District’s Science Steering Committee since 2003.

Mr. Fendall uses a variety of student-centered teaching approaches including Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in his classes. In the words of his recommender, “his use of the Next Generation Science Standards permeates his lessons and positively reinforces the content material. His ability to relate science to a student’s everyday experience is exemplary.”

Mr. Fendall will receive a $500 award and $500 for classroom materials.

Mr. Fendall has won this award over a strong pool of applicants. Thanks to all of those who applied. The other candidates’ applications roll over for three years after they are initially submitted with a chance to update the application each year.

Previous winners have included Arlene Laurison,  James Hill, and Steven Hummel.

The Sacramento Section of the American Chemical Society is very proud to support high school teachers in the Sacramento area.

Author: ACS Sacramento Section

The Sacramento area has over 900 members of the American Chemical Society in all areas of chemistry.

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