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Naghmeh Zarehaghighi

April 29, 2024
Naghmeh Zarehaghighi

We caught up with Maths/Dyscalculia Lecturer, Naghmeh Zarehaghighi, who supports students in the Inclusive Learning department with their maths skills. 

“I was a maths teacher in Iran before I moved to the UK 8 years ago – I couldn’t imagine being able to teach maths here, as well! 

“I first came to Middlesbrough College as a student; I had only been in the UK for 6 weeks and everything was new to me. I studied Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy and received so much support to improve my English. I volunteered as a Maths Mentor at The Hope Foundation and started working in the Beauty salon at Middlesbrough College when I finished the Beauty course. 

“I have always loved teaching, so I started the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Whilst on the course, I applied for a role as Maths Mentor at the college. It was from there that I progressed to an hourly paid lecturer, and then a full-time permanent maths lecturer.  

“In the first year I became a full-time lecturer, my students had the best GCSE Maths exam results in the whole college! It was amazing to see my students’ achievements and I was recognised during our staff conference that year. The college has helped change my life, so I feel like I’m doing the same for the students by helping them pass their exams and overcome barriers.  

“The best part of Middlesbrough College is the support. Even as a student, I was supported throughout my studies here and created a life with my son. You are never alone. I walk into the college everyday and feel so lucky to be surrounded by my colleagues and seeing my students.  

“In my spare time I enjoy playing the violin. I always look forward to the summer when my son and I go on holiday with our family who still live in Iran so we can spend quality time together.” 

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