Kate Schartel Novak

Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2019


About Kate

VIPKID Teacher


After ten years teaching in Pennsylvania public schools, Kate was hired as an independent contractor with VIPKID, the premier online English language learning platform for Chinese children. Kate “travels” to China daily, teaching 1:1 classes from the comfort of her home. Shortly after beginning her VIPKID career, Kate was invited to teach one-to-many VIPKID classes through the Rural Education Project, a joint mission with the Jack Ma Foundation to bring English language learning to underprivileged elementary schools in rural China. Kate is also a part of the Fast Pass Coaching Team, for which she travels monthly to the Philadelphia area to workshop with teacher applicants on the skills necessary to be successful in the application process. Finally, Kate strives to host quarterly meet-ups in an effort to foster community among local VIPKID teachers.  Through VIPKID, Kate has reignited her passion for teaching and enjoys exemplifying the "teach globally, work locally" tagline.

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Volunteer Brand Ambassador


Once her daughter, Aria, started showing an interest in Sesame Street, Kate’s heart was called to serve Sesame Workshop as Mrs. Pennsburg International 2019. Sesame Workshop’s mission to help children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder during the most critical period in their development attends to the worldwide need to raise children who become more cerebral, healthy, and compassionate adults. As a brand ambassador, Kate cooperates with Sesame Workshop staff on a volunteer basis to embody its values and ethics in her household, community, and on social media. She is a Yellow Feather Friend for Big Bird’s Yellow Feather Fund, and leverages social media to collect donations through her Sesame Workshop-sanctioned Yellow Feather Fund crowdfunding page.  As Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2019, Kate will continue implementing a three-point action plan for service inspired by Sesame Workshop's mission in addition to her fundraising efforts.  Read more about it here:

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Fitness Instructor


After competing nationally in 2011, Kate realized it takes more than just dieting to achieve true fitness.  She was inspired by the women who were living healthfully at more than twenty years her senior and looked to make a change upon returning home.  Although Kate danced professionally as director and member of the Lady Outlawz dance team for the Lehigh Valley Outlawz indoor football team, workouts were seasonal and irregular.  She initially found that ZUMBA fitness combined her love for dance and music with her newfound goal of complete mind/body health, and signed up to obtain her ZUMBA fitness teaching license before she even took her first class!  Since then, Kate has obtained multiple ZUMBA specialty licenses, along with an AFAA group exercise certificate, AFAA practical yoga instructor certificate, FiTOUR Pilates certification, and Les Mills BODYFLOW certification.  She currently teaches Aqua ZUMBA and BODYFLOW at the Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA.

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Tell me the needs of the children in your life and I will match resources from Sesame Workshop to help you meet them. Book a speaking engagement, meet and greet, or children’s caregiver consultation. I will do my best to help!