Welcome to our newest member, Mikaela Leners. She received her Rotary pin and 4-Way Test plaque today.
Mikaela graduated cum laude from Iowa State University with a major in physics and minors in astronomy, biology, and English.  After concluding that oil field work was too dangerous, Mikaela began teaching.  She has taught in most school types: a parochial boarding school in New Hampshire, an all girls private school in Pennsylvania, a public school in the frontier of Utah, a classical academy in Florida and an online school.  She currently teaches remote by contract to schools without a classroom teacher.  With educator endorsements in math, physics, chemistry and general science, she has taught over 18 different courses including math grade 6, observational astronomy and trigonometry based physics.  She has taken advantage of her time off in the summer to work as a backcountry ranger for Glacier National Park and to become a wilderness emergency medical technician.  Outside of the classroom, she mentors undergraduate students and volunteers at the humane society.  In addition, she spends a lot of time hiking in the backcountry.  For example, last summer, she foraged over 55 pounds of wild red raspberries.