Heidi Novak

Grade 3 Teacher

Heidi Novak has been teaching at World Academy for twenty years. She is a graduate of Framingham State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Spanish.

Mrs. Novak lives in Dunstable, Massachusetts and has two sons. Brandon is 26 years old and graduated from Norwich University. He is a NH State Trooper and a United States Marine. Jared is 21 years old. He is a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialist with the U.S. Army and attends the University of Maine. Mrs. Novak is a volunteer guardian ad litem for CASA of New Hampshire, an organization which assists in placing abused and neglected children in permanent, safe, loving homes. She grew up riding and showing horses, and she was very active in the 4-H program. Mrs. Novak currently owns and shows American Paint Horses.

Mrs. Novak believes one goal of education is to create informed citizens who are confident in making responsible decisions. She strives to meet each student’s individual needs. Heidi believes in creating a safe environment in which cooperative learning, as well as individual learning can take place. Children thrive in a nurturing environment where ideas, feelings, and thoughts are valued. Children learn best when the curriculum extends the boundaries of their intellects and encourages them to achieve their personal best. Children find joy in learning when a curriculum is intellectually challenging, developmentally appropriate, integrated among subject areas, and engaging all of their senses. Heidi believes that learning to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, solve problems creatively, and act responsibly are essential parts of the curriculum. She also feels that community service encourages lifelong attitudes and actions that promote good citizenship.

Mrs. Novak joined the World Academy community in 1997.

Education/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Framingham State University Minor in Spanish
  • MA State Certified Teacher, Highly Qualified Teacher Certification

Experience

  • 2011-Present – Third Grade Teacher, World Academy
  • 1997- 2011 - Kindergarten Teacher, World Academy
  • 1990-1997 - Pre Kindergarten Teacher, Carlisle, MA
  • 1988-1990 - Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher, Lawrence Public Schools