"How many times in a lifetime do you get the opportunity to go back and have an impact in the school you once attended?" Hodge said.
The new assistant principal said he's looking forward to working with the families of the friends with whom he grew up.
Hodge's move is also part of his "long-range plans" to become principal of the school when current Principal John Krebs retires in a few years, he said.
During his first week at Waynesboro Area Middle School, Hodge said he'll be getting his office organized and meeting with Krebs to go over expectations and plans for the school year.
"I want to stay ahead of the game," he said.
School starts for students on Aug. 25.
Chambersburg Area School District board members are expected to appoint Catherine Dusman as acting assistant principal at Chambersburg Area Middle School effective the first semester of the school year at their meeting on Aug. 13.
Prior to becoming assistant principal at Chambersburg Area Middle School, Hodge taught physical education and served as department chair there for six years.
He also taught health and physical education at Chambersburg High School for three years. Hodge was assistant football coach at the high school for 12 years and assistant girls basketball coach there for nine years.
After graduating from Waynesboro Area High School in 1975, Hodge went to Clarion University on a wrestling scholarship and then transferred to West Chester University, where he received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education.
Hodge and his wife, Carmen, moved to Fayetteville in 1966. They have two daughters and a granddaughter.