Dr. Raymond Bailey
I started teaching at NOVA more than 30 years ago. When I first came here, I didn’t know much about community colleges. I didn’t anticipate being here this long, but I fell in love with the place. The faculty here are outstanding. Not only do they teach their subject matter well, but they also teach academic survival skills effectively.
By the end of the students first two years, they are able to transfer to a four-year college and be successful regardless of their major. My favorite aspect of teaching is helping students to thrive and meet their goals. It’s a really exciting facet of my job and I think it’s what NOVA’s all about.
I got an email from a student recently who I hadn’t seen in about 20 years. He wanted me to know how important I had been in his life. After leaving NOVA, he went on to graduate from a four-year institution. He told me how essential my course was to him and how significant I was in his life. To hear from a student suddenly after many years is a feeling I can’t describe. It’s very rewarding to be able to teach at a place that can have that kind of positive influence on people.