After 14 years of serving as the Activities Director at Dana Hills, Mr. Nedler will enter retirement following the 2019-20 school year. An iconic individual on campus, Ned could be spotted leading the Associated Student Union, attending admin meetings, helping set-up tech for football games, rapping in the Senior Clash Video, and wearing a plethora of Tommy Bahama. Ned’s humor, charisma, and willingness to assist any Dolphin will be greatly missed.
Ned’s teaching career began the day before his senior year of high school. Ned and two of his friends visited their old elementary school where he met Mrs. Benson, his friend’s science teacher. She “bemoaned” about teaching science, so Ned offered his time and ended up teaching the science class for “45 minutes a day.” Ned claimed this experience “hooked” him “on the profession,” and after graduating from Cal State Fullerton in ‘82, Ned “began subbing for a year.” Unsure if teaching was his desired occupation, Ned became a consultant for the “Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity’s national office in Indiana.” Overtime, he realized he missed working with students and moved back to California, earned his teaching credential from Chapman in ‘85, and started “teaching and coaching [basketball] full time” in Santa Barbara. Finally, he “married Wifey in 2000 and moved back down to O.C.” where Ned “taught for six years at Aliso Niguel before moving to Dana in ‘07.”
Ned was hired at Dana the day before ASU left for leadership camp, so he met his first student government “on the bus.” Since that day, Ned has worked countless hours to ensure the success of both Dana and its students. Ned claimed that during the preparation for his first Air Guitar, he spent a whopping “168 hours at Dana in 13 days.”
He also allocated a multitude of hours towards the production of many homecoming halftime shows, with his favorites being when Riley McCoy won Homecoming Queen and this year’s “salute to Grimmy.”
Not all of Ned’s treasured experiences were school events. He greatly admires the presidency of Jeremy Lin, who impacted Dana by “changing a school culture from an elitist ASU to one that serves the students.” Later on, Ned and Mrs. Casey decided to increase the size of ASU from “35 to 95 members,” and while ASU President Sohrob Nayebaziz did not initially understand this expansion, Ned remembers how they soon realized it was “the right thing to do” when they were reminded of furthering Lin’s goals. Finally, Ned appreciates the day in which he collaborated with ASU President Tommy Ferry on ASU’s “Why,” and Ferry suggested his desire to “lead with love.” This sparked the creation of #ShareTheLove, and Ned continues to #ShareTheLove with his seniors, ASU, the faculty and staff, and the admin team.
Finally, Ned’s advice to others is that “schools are not filled with books and computers; they are filled with people. Build relationships. Learn to give grace to others. Our values remain the same, no matter who leads. Every Dolphin Matters is not a contrived slogan, but words that summiteers our values. Every student has a future. No one learns without a teacher/mentor and #ShareThe Love. Three simple values. Together, we Change Lives and Impact Futures.”
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