Randy Heimler -a former Educator and Florida Dept. of Education Volunteer of the year, now a candidate for Indian River County School Board's District 4 seat- began his career in education when he moved to Florida in 1999 to volunteer at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Overtown.
He started out as a reading tutor, however when he heard that the school he was at was having trouble recruiting substitute teachers, Randy knew he had to help out. After getting his substitute certification, Randy taught 5th grade math at Frederick Douglass Elementary School for two years, donating every dollar he earned to the school's Parent Teacher Association, later becoming the president of it.
While president of the PTA, he realized that he needed to reach out and bring community into the school, volunteering over 5,000 hours, successfully helping to bring the school's double "F" rating up to a "C". Because of his hard work and dedication, Randy was recognized as the Florida Department of Education's Volunteer of the year.
He was then named chairman of the County School District’s Strategic Planning Committee, where he led a committee of over 30 prominent leaders and educators, helping the entire district become a better place for the students.
Randy was named a "hero" by the Local Police Department for his dedication to the families of the School District. Randy paid light bills, water bills, and provided food and clothing for families living in poverty, most of the money coming from his own personal funds.
Randy has been married to Cecilia Heimler since 2004 and they have a son, Joshua Heimler, who is now 12 years old and is in 6th grade at Storm Grove Middle School.
After moving to Vero Beach in 2007, Randy served 2 years on the Sebastian River Junior Charter High School Board of Directors, as well as on the Indian River County School District Code of Conduct Committee twice. He is currently serving on other committees as well.