Nicole Holyfield is a West Virginia Junior College favorite. She is known by many of our students as the “cool teacher that makes us work hard but keeps things interesting.” Nicole is not only a valuable asset on our staff, but she is also highly educated. She has a degree in psychology from Waynesburg University and in early education from Fairmont State. She has a Master’s in Education from Fairmont State University. Nicole strives to continually better herself and encourages her students to do so, as well.
Before beginning her career at WVJC, she was a preschool teacher, an adjunct professor at Pierpont Technical College, and an early childhood teacher. She eventually found her way to WVJC and is teaching general education courses. Nicole chose to work at WVJC because she “wanted to work in a small college setting that allowed one on one time with students. I think smaller classes make a bigger impact.” Her favorite part of working here is interacting with the students and watching them grow throughout their education. Nicole quickly gains the trust of her students and, as a result, they respect her and respond well to her teaching methods. We at WVJC can definitely see the passion Nicole has for teaching!
In addition to her successful career, Nicole enjoys her home life with her 8-year-old daughter. Her daughter inspires her to work harder because she knows she looks up to her. A lesson she tries to teach her is, “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching.” A perfect day for Nicole is spending the day at the beach with her daughter or a rainy day in bed watching movies or reading a good book. She is, of course, proud of her education and career, but is most proud of her daughter. “Family comes before anything,” she says.
For now, Nicole’s focus is WVJC students and continuing to watch them grow and become successful. She wants to leave them with the quote she lives her life by… “Every day may not be a good one but there is something good in every day.”