Dave Nowak teaches at Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Independence.


Nowak has been teaching for nine years and currently teaches seventh grade science and reading.


Nowak received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Teaching Philosophy

Nowak says that honesty and attitude make “all the difference” in the classroom. He hopes students will learn from the activities in class that promote reflection and growth in science concepts and processes.
  Nowak wants students to learn the skills necessary to be lifelong learners and active, involved citizens.

Did You Know?

Nowak spent his first three years in education as an eighth grade science teacher at Bridger Middle School.


Nowak started out as an architectural engineering student in college. However, he decided it was not the right path.


In his free time, Nowak enjoys following the weather, fishing, attending and playing sports and spending time with his family.


“I come from a family of teachers including my grandma, dad and mom. I’m not sure whether it was something that was instilled in me at a young age or whether it was my calling too. I have always had a love of learning, and I enjoy sharing the joy of learning with others.”

“I enjoy seeing light bulb going off for students. It is amazing to watch a student who first understands a concept, and then is able to relate it to something or watch them teach it to another student. It is great to have students share your excitement of a subject.”

“(The biggest teaching challenge) is getting parents involved in the educational process and for students to take responsibility for their academics.”