Bob Fulenwider is known for his love and dedication to the education of the students of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD), specifically in the area of mathematics. His career at BCSD spanned almost four decades, most of which he spent as a teacher, and then he served as the District Math Program Specialist for six years before retiring in 2008. He continues to be a big supporter of the District, and was honored at the 2016 BCSD Math Bowl, which he created 30 years ago.
Fulenwider began his career with BCSD as a teacher in 1970. He taught briefly at Potomac Elementary School and Lincoln Junior High School, but the majority of his teaching years were dedicated to serving the students of Chipman Junior High School. He had a brief one-year stint of teaching Physical Education and Science, but the remaining years were dedicated to his love of mathematics. He committed countless hours of his time and energy to ensure the success of his students. Not only did he share his love for math with his students in the classroom, but he also prepared them for numerous competitions, such as the MATHCOUNTS State Finals where his team qualified for 15 years during his career, as well as the Kern County Math Field Day, where his team won most categories 18 years in a row. Fulenwider also mentored countless teachers and was always holding colleagues and himself to high levels of integrity and professionalism because he believes that teaching is a sacred profession.
Fulenwider’s most enduring legacy was his creation of the BCSD Math Bowl competition in 1986. The purpose of the competition was and is to create a platform that highlights the efforts of the dedicated educators and students whose interest, along with their skills in math, could be on display.
Fulenwider received his Bachelor’s degree from Cal Lutheran University. He earned many awards and recognitions throughout his career including the BCSD Award for Excellence in Mathematics in 1995 and 2001, and legislative certificates of recognition from the United States Congress and from the California State Assembly and Senate offices. Fulenwider now enjoys retired life spending time with his wife of 46 years, Andrea. In addition, he now concentrates the majority of his time on Andrew and Tim, his two sons and their families which include 4 grandchildren: Zach, Sofia, Ke’a, and Kloe.