Meet Our Staff

Nick Brown


My name is Nick Brown, and I have been teaching Aviation Electronics with KCTC since 2015.

Prior to teaching high school juniors and seniors Aviation Electronics, I served in the United States Air Force working on the avionics equipment of the Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) for over 7 years.  I spent that time traveling most of the world, and living in Okinawa Japan for the last 4 years of  my military service.

I am married with a 3 kids, Julie, Amelia, and Sam.

I enjoy watching baseball -- Go Indians! 

Industry Credentials

NCATT AET, RCS, DNS, OCS, ANS, Drone Pilot’s License


  • B.A. in Secondary Education from GVSU
  • M.A. in Workforce Education and Development Leadership from WMU



Jake Tasma, CTE Specialist

I joined the KCTC Aviation Team in 2021.

I was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area. I graduated from Aquinas College in 2014 with my History Teaching Certification. I then worked in various roles within the Kentwood School district, including Social Studies teaching, ASD support, and literacy coaching. I was blessed to work with and learn from students from many backgrounds. These experiences have taught me a lot!

I enjoy hiking, reading, watching sports (I am an unashamed Lions fan), and traveling as much as possible.



  • B.A. in Secondary Education from Aquinas College