Ms. Young grew up on a farm in the rural Midwest, outside a town of 200 people.It was there she honed the fine art of yodeling and distaste for doing dishes without the benefit of a dishwasher. She left the prairie for Los Angeles and worked as Human Resources Manager for a Fortune 500 Company, and also as an actor and singer, eventually moving to Nashville where she was owner of Performing Artists Workshop, an acting studio. After dating long-distance for four years, she got married and moved back to the City of Angeles.  Wanting a career that would allow her to have a similar schedule as her daughter, she entered the field of education where she fortunately got a job at John R. Wooden High School, was named a Top Ten Educator by the California League of High Schools, earned National Board Certification in the area of Career/Technical, and was recently named District 11 Teacher of the Year by the California Continuation Education Association. She is the proud mom of a daughter who is in college pursuing aerospace engineering and loves the students and opportunities at JRWHS.  Ms. Young still misses the wide-open spaces of the prairie. 

I expect each student to put forth his/her best effort to absorb the lessons taught and experience opportunities given at JRWHS. My expectations are high, but for good reason-I know that my students will graduate and go onto have successful and rewarding careers. Above all, I expect students to respect others, as well as themselves.

​Ms. Brenda Young