posted on August 12, 2013 14:42
Written by Edwardeen M. Jones, Director, Michigan Troops To Teachers
Troops to Teachers participant, George Pavey is enjoying his second career as a public high school teacher. Pavey, a retired Marine Corps Officer and Naval aviator, now teaches at the West Michigan Aviation Academy located at the Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich. This public charter school has a heavy emphasis on aviation. Students learn about flying, aerospace engineering, and the business side of aviation. They have the opportunity to do integrated flight simulation, build remote controlled airplanes, and plan flights using maps and charts. This summer, students attended a military camp to fly glider planes. In the future the school will have its own airplane.Students are impressed having a former military fighter pilot as their teacher. “I appreciate having a very disciplined teacher who can also have fun,” a student remarked. Another student commented, “I enjoy the wealth of real life experiences Mr. Pavey brings to the classroom.”
Pavey has high expectations for his students. They know he is in their corner and wants them to succeed. He runs a tight classroom with an emphasis on rules and discipline. “I tell them they are just like my Marines and my own children,” Pavey commented. Pavey is grateful to have participated in the Troops to Teachers program which led him to his passion of teaching.
In addition from WMAA Aviation Academy: http://www.westmichiganaviation.org/about/meet-our-deans/pavey-george/
Mr. Pavey is a retired Marine Corps Officer and Naval Aviator. He was commissioned through the NROTC Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan while graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.
Upon graduation from college he was commissioned and completed naval aviation flight training. His first tour was with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 (VMFA-251) flying the F/A-18 Hornet during which he completed two overseas deployments with Carrier Air Wing One aboard the USS George Washington and USS John F. Kennedy in support of Operation Southern Watch. Between deployments Mr. Pavey attended and graduated from the Navy Strike Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) School.
Following these Middle East deployments, Mr. Pavey was selected as an Air Force F-16 Marine Corps Exchange Pilot. Assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron (308th FS) at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ, he successfully completed F-16 transition training and spent three years instructing Air Force F-16 Viper pilots.
Returning to the F/A-18 Hornet, Mr. Pavey was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-212) in Iwakuni, Japan. He deployed in support of numerous exercises within the Pacific area of operations to include Hawaii, Korea, Okinawa, Singapore, and Australia.
Having excelled in the training and education aspect of naval aviation, Mr. Pavey was selected to participate in the Marine Corps Advance Degree Program. He attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education. His final active duty assignment was with the Marine Corps University as an Academic Curriculum Advisor and the Deputy Director for the Information and Educational Technology Directorate.
Visit his website at: https://sites.google.com/a/westmichiganaviation.org/pavey/