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Mr. Joshua Dylan Novick
I am excited to share my story with you. I am 46 years old, and teaching is a career change for me. I have done many things in my lifetime. I hope to utilize my life experience to bring excitement and a love of learning to my classroom. From my own educational experience, to my decision to become a teacher, many things have led me to the most rewarding career of my life.
I was raised by a single father in Tahoe City, California. He gave me every opportunity to experience and play in the wonderful outdoors that comprise the Lake Tahoe area. Growing up in a small community taught me that the value of every community member can not be overlooked. Every person has something to contribute to the community that makes the community special. I continue to value the contributions of every student, staff member, and person in our community, which makes this a great place to live and work.
I started working in the construction trades when I was 15 years old. Over time, about 25 years, I learned how to do the work of any trade in the building industry. From digging a building’s foundations to the roofing that keeps the weather out, I have done at least a little of everything that it takes to build a home or business. I was a licensed general building contractor in California for four years before I moved to Nevada. I might still be working in the building trades, but for a change in circumstance in 2008.
In addition, I spent eight years as a volunteer firefighter at the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District (MBFPD) and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD). During my seven years at MBFPD I became an Emergency Medical Technician, which allowed me to provide medical assistance during medical emergencies, auto accidents, and back country rescues. I fought structure fires and wildland fires, which were some intense moments in my life. I was also an Eldorado County Sherriff search and rescue volunteer, and have extensive training in high and low angle rope rescue and backcountry rescue. I have performed multiple rescues that had me hanging as high as 300 feet on the side of cliffs. I earned the rank of Volunteer Lieutenant at MBFPD. I also served as the president of the Meeks Bay Firefighters Association for two years. All of that training and experience has taught me how to stay focused even in the most difficult of situations.