Fatima Nicdao

Fatima Nicdao is a Catholic school leader in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As a product of Catholic education (Bishop Amat High School, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and LMU), she has served as a teacher and administrator for 15 years. Fatima earned two Master's degrees from LMU: Masters in Secondary Education and Masters in Catholic School Administration. She is currently the Assistant Principal of Academic Innovation at St. Monica Catholic High School in Santa Monica, California. Her work includes overseeing Online Learning, Student Support, instructional technology, and managing programs such as the Makerspace. In addition, she teaches AP Psychology. As well as experiences in Catholic education, she has taught abroad as a high school teacher in Managua, Nicaragua, and as an ESL teacher and tutor for Tibetan refugees and monks in Dharamshala, India. She also worked for Apple as tech support, troubleshooting, and educational instruction for programs. Fatima’s passion and expertise include curriculum, instructional technology (blended learning, online learning), Apple and Google products, project-based/inquiry learning (PBL), core instructional practices, personalized learning, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), social media marketing, teacher evaluation, and leadership development through building capacity. Her dissertation, “Phenomenal Women: Experiences of Women in Executive Catholic Educational Leadership in the United States,” was a phenomenological study that explored the experiences of female Associate/Assistant Superintendents and Superintendents in Catholic dioceses throughout the U.S.