Ever wanted to know more about one of the friendliest and most enthusiastic members of staff we have at North Hertfordshire College? Make yourself a brew and have a (virtual) sit-down with Nadia Hodges, the Director of Curriculum for our Stevenage Campus and Director of Maths and English.
What is your role at North Hertfordshire College?
“I’m the Director of Curriculum and the Director of Maths and English… I do quite a lot around here! I’ve worked here since 2006, first as the Head of School for Health and Social Care, and now I’m in this role. I feel like I’m part of the community, I want to see the students improve and I want to see them achieve their goals – both at NHC and beyond.”
How did you end up in teaching?
“Teaching and education are my passion. I first managed a pre-school with around 106 children, before moving on to work as an NVQ assessor working with apprenticeships. The little ones that I once taught at pre-school are now old enough and are applying for NHC!
“Teaching has been my whole career, I just have a passion for it and I wouldn’t change that.”
What do you enjoy most about working at North Hertfordshire College?
“I love the people here, it’s like a massive family. We are all supportive of one another, we are a team. There is no hierarchy, and everyone pushes and supports each other. It’s just as important to support each other as well as supporting the students. We all work together very well.
“The culture and the people are fantastic here. The succession planning at College is excellent, everyone at NHC is constantly learning and improving –whether they are a member of staff or a student!”
What has been a highlight of working in the Education sector?
“There’s so many! I supported starting a youth club and won the Pride of Stevenage award for it. It was great to give back and volunteer for the community.
“I also organised a march with over 400 students participating to raise awareness of domestic abuse on International Women’s Day, that was an amazing event. We worked with Hertfordshire Constabulary and Stevenage Borough Council; it was great to raise awareness of such an important issue.”
What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying at NHC?
“We are a passionate team who strive to support you to raise your aspirations and be best version of yourselves, all of our tutors are experts in their field and will go the extra mile to make sure you have the best experience during your time with us.
“There is also excellent work experience available for all students. It doesn’t matter what level you’re studying at, we support all levels. Our students leave the College as well-rounded people with all the skills they need for their goals, they usually have a firm idea of their destination after leaving us.”
Do you have any closing thoughts?
“This is one of the hardest jobs I’ve had, but also the most rewarding. Everyone is so supportive, and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”
We think all jobs in education are some of the most important and fulfilling jobs in the world – helping people realise their potential and build a life for themselves; helping businesses to grow and improve; and helping to build strong, vibrant communities.
If you share our passion, we want to hear from you – check out our available vacancies and come and join the team!