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Nicola Hendricks is a 20-year veteran educator who has traveled down a winding path to reach her passion. She started her career as an elementary teacher in San Angelo, TX., spent twelve years as a middle school and high school librarian, and then moved into the wonderful world of Computer Science and Cybersecurity in Austin, TX. Nicola is a life-long learner and is pursuing a degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at Western Governors University. She holds industry CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications and the ITILv3 Foundations certification. Teaching the first ever Cybersecurity class at Lake Travis High School, both Nicola and her students are working together toward the CompTIA Security+ certification! Nicola is also the coach of the several teams in the AFA CyberPatriots competition and Girls Go CyberStart competition,