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Derrick Nero

Derrick A. Nero is the K-12 Engineering Education Instructor in the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Education. Derrick has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked as an engineer and project manager for Raytheon Services Nevada and Bechtel Nevada. He earned a Masters degree in Special Education and worked in alternative education and STEM education at Omaha Lewis & Clark Middle School for 11 years. During those years, he created and taught a STEM-based elective course for nine years. While at Lewis & Clark, he worked collaboratively with the UNO College of Education and the Peter Kiewit Institute to develop and implement the use of robotics as an educational platform. Derrick currently teaches and develops teacher education courses for pre-service teachers, engineering education courses for in-service teachers, and uses high altitude ballooning as an educational platform for secondary students. He will enhance professional development for K-12 STEM teachers by implementing the NDE STEM Approach and STEM Instructional Resource Evaluation Rubric. The STEM Approach will be presented to the UNO College of Education Teacher Education Department, UNO STEM Leadership Group, and the Omaha STEM Ecosystem. Also, the STEM Approach will be integrated into graduate engineering education courses and the STEM Instructional Resource Evaluation Rubric will be utilized in STEM community outreach post-program evaluations such as elementary engineering family nights. In addition, Derrick’s research interests include K-12 Engineering Education, authentic learning experiences, and engaging underrepresented groups. He is attaining his Doctorate in Educational Administration with a focus in STEM Education. Derrick is married to Dr. Collette Nero, an elementary Assistant Principal, and they have three daughters.