Hi, my name is Miss Lena Ranallo and I am excited to be the new social studies teacher at the Chequamegon Middle School! I grew up not far from here in Mercer but since then have had the opportunity to teach in various parts of the world. I attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for my Bachelors degree in History and a Masters of Education in Social Studies. From there I went on to teach social studies at American international schools in the Philippines and Guatemala along with a school year in Aspen, Colorado. At all three schools I ran the Model United Nations and Global Issues clubs and continue to have an appreciation for world politics and trying to solve the issues facing this planet. I have had the fortune of taking students on field trips to the United Nations, World Health Organization and week-long camping trips to National Parks and hope to continue these enriching trips with the Chequamegon students.
When I am not teaching history and geography, I absolutely love to be outside. I took up mountain biking last summer and at least a couple nights a week you will find me on the local trails with my dog Chico chasing after me. My favorite ride is either Mt. Ashwabay or Copper Peak! An early morning weekend kayak on Lake Superior or camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is also one of my favorites! Of course given my past of living abroad, any chance I get I take to adventure to a new country and learn about their history and try their foods!
I have enjoyed my time internationally and in the mountains, but I am incredibly grateful to be back home amongst the lakes and trees of Northern Wisconsin. I look forward to working with the Chequamegon students and community and as much as possible bringing in the local history and geography to the courses I will be teaching.