Kate Schartel Novak is an online ELL teacher for VIPKID, a YMCA fitness instructor, a home-based travel advisor, and a tenacious proponent for the causes that move her. As Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2019, her platform is Value PBS: America's Largest Classroom/A Trusted Window to the World, through which she supports PBS' mission to educate, inspire, and inform. In addition to supporting PBS, Kate has volunteered as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; Class Reunion Committee Chair, Alumni Admissions Outreach, and Young Alumni Council for Lehigh University; and eNews Editor for her church. Kate is a Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania native, graduating from Lehigh University with a B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Above all, she is a devoted wife to Ray, mother to 2-1/2 year old Aria, and stepmother to three girls.