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Dr. Fatima Nicdao, Ed.D

Dr. Fatima Nicdao, Ed.D

Technology Focus Program Director

Ed.D, Educational Leadership for Social Justice, Loyola Marymount University  
M.A., Catholic School Administration, Loyola Marymount University  
M.A., Secondary Education - English Instruction, Loyola Marymount University  
B.A., Psychology and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville 

 

Dr. Fatima Nicdao has been a high school educator and leader for 14 years teaching English, Theology, AP Psychology, and Digital Literacy. In the early 1990s, Fatima was already into computers being the first person in her family to explore a new thing called the internet through her brand-new Compaq computer. It was from the sweet cacophony of the dial-up sound she ventured into her love for technology and became an Internet Explorer. Later in life, she was known to wander through Circuit City and Fry’s Electronics in pure bliss. After growing up in Los Angeles, Dr. Nicdao decided to venture off to the east and went to school in Ohio and pursued a psychology and theology degree while studying abroad in Austria. It was there she thrived as a scholar and President of Theta Phi Alpha sorority. 

In the spirit of adventure, she packed up and went to Nicaragua to be a teacher and travel. She taught high school and traveled all over Central America in between breaks. She helped with the US Embassy and Peace Corps to teach video editing and ESL to students from underserved communities. She later returned to the United States and after extensive interviews, worked at Apple, Inc in Santa Monica as a technology specialist and creative. Her love for technology flourished as she learned from Genius techs how to troubleshoot iPhone and Mac issues and learn how to teach every learner how to use iMovie, GarageBand, and iOS apps. Dr. Nicdao also spent a summer in Dharamshala, India teaching Tibetan refugees and monks ESL and how to communicate in English while preparing them for their computer exams. 

She later returned to education serving in various roles as Director of Technology, Dean of Curriculum and Technology, and Assistant Principal where she led the creation of three Makerspaces (innovation labs), helped students learn about 3D Printing, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, laser cutting and engraving, woodworking, making websites, and design thinking engineering concepts.  

When not geeking out over technology, Dr. Nicdao enjoys traveling (18 countries and 300 cities so far!), road trips, playing the guitar, reading, watching TikToks, spoiling her nieces, strength training, Comic Cons, and spending weekends being foodies with her partner, family, and friends. 

Dr. Nicdao is a social justice advocate and believes in diversity, equity, and inclusion as an important aspect of the education experience. She believes education must be relevant, fun and prepare students not for the “real world” but to create a better world. She insists on not asking students what they want to be when they grow up but what problem they would like to solve. She believes that understanding technology and social justice will help create better leaders and innovators for creating a better world. 

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