Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, graduate of Teacher Development Program, Western Washington University
My name is Steve Novak and I have been the Aviation teacher at Mat-Su Career Tech High School since Fall 2020. I also teach one Health class.
I grew up in Enumclaw, Washington, graduating from Enumclaw High School in 1989. After earning my Bachelor of Arts and completing the Teacher Development Program at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, I taught in the Puget Sound region for two years. Changing careers was not an easy decision, but my wife, Sarah, and I moved to Florida so that I could pursue professional pilot training. After ten months at Comair Aviation Academy, I had earned all of my pilot licenses and ratings including Multi-Engine, Commercial, Instrument, CFI, and CFI-Instruments. Then I started right in as a flight instructor at the same academy. In Fall of 2000, Era Aviation offered me a job and we moved to Alaska so that I could fly for that great Company! In twelve and a half years, I accumulated over 8,000 flight hours and flew the DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, the DeHavilland DHC-8 Dash 8, and the Beechcraft 1900.
In the Spring of 2013, I was hired as a medevac pilot at Guardian Flight, LLC. Initially based in Kotzebue on a two week on/two week off schedule, I was identified as highly qualified due to my experience and qualifications from my time at Era Aviation and was asked to become an instructor and check airman in the Guardian Flight King Air 200. In 2020, the Aviation teacher position became available and I began working at the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School. Now my past experiences become evident in my everyday instruction with High School students as we examine subjects like Career Opportunities in Aviation, Alaska aviation, the Air Route Structure, Preparation for the Private Pilot Exam, Military Aviation, History of Aviation, and many, many other subjects with the specific goal of equiping them for a possible aviation career in their future.
My wife, Sarah, is a Read 180 teacher at Teeland Middle School and has been a Mat-Su Borough Teacher for 20 years. My son, David, is a Freshman at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Abby, our daughter, is a Junior at CTHS and runs on the Cross Country Team. I enjoy Skiing (downhill, backcountry, and cross country), Hiking, Fishing, and any other activity that includes my family, especially if it's outdoors.