Robert Clifford Nordling born in New Orleans, LA to Robert William Nordling, Jr. and Mary Becnel Nordling. Robert attended Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic School, New Orleans, LA; Holy Family Catholic School, Jackson, MS; and St. Raphael Catholic School, New Orleans, LA, where he learned the basics of his Catholic faith, as well as from his mother, father, and grandmother.
In 1980 Robert graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, TX. He attended Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, where he received his B.A. in Psychology and two years of Graduate Studies in Theology.
In 1995 Robert returned to New Orleans, LA where he founded companies involved in education software development and Network consulting. That same year until 2005, Robert joined the faculty of the New Orleans Center for Science and Math (NOCSM). There he started one of the first Microsoft Academies at the high school level. During this time he and a co-teacher created companies to provide further work opportunities and network opportunities for their high school graduates.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the New Orleans School system. From 2005 until his retirement in 2021, Robert found a second home at Glascow Middle School in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia as a technology coach and here created the Curiosity Shoppe, an innovative program to teach students critical thinking skills through mechanical puzzles, games, and STEM activities.
Guiding his life’s work was the desire for students to discover the beauty, truth, and goodness of God’s creation and to find a profession to contribute more beauty, truth, and goodness through whatever profession they decided to pursue.
Robert is survived by his father, Robert W. Nordling, Jr.; his twin brother, Dr. William J. (Claudia) Nordling. He is proceeded in death by his mother, Mary Virginia Becnel Nordling.
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