Fatima Nicdao is the Assistant Principal - Dean of Studies here at SMCHS. In this role, Fatima is the support, resource and coach for all teachers. She helps teachers grow in their profession through best practices.
Fatima is a qualified Assistant Principal and has ten years of high school teaching experience in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and has taught and lived abroad in Nicaragua and India. She received a BA in Psychology and Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and my Masters in Secondary Education (2009) and Masters in Catholic School Administration (2016) at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She is currently an Ed.D candidate for the LMU Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.
Within education Fatima is a big believer in access, equity, personalized learning, project based and inquiry based learning and believes schools should be a place where students are excited to go to for learning about new concepts and about themselves. She believes in deeper learning, creating, making and supporting all learning styles.
As an educator Fatima’s goal is to always help/inspire students to set high expectations, self advocate, follow through and most of all believe in themselves. She believes all students can learn and that everyone has a story to tell and meaning to add to each other’s lives.
Drawing on over ten years experience in the field of education, Fatima now focuses mainly on creating spaces to help other teacher leaders to recognize their own positionality as agents of positive change in students’ lives. In addition, she seeks to create meaningful and creative learning spaces for students to realize their talents, gifts and abilities to solve problems and change the world.