Mr. Mikkelsen is the founder of Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy (GKWFA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers ground and flight training to high school students. He is an Instrument-rated Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument. He has professional teaching credentials in Career Technical Education and in Social Studies, is an NCLB highly-qualified educator, and has earned a CLAD certificate to teach English Language Learners. For the last eleven years, he has taught social studies and aviation at the secondary level in the Los Angeles area. He currently offers professional aviation training at Da Vinci Science Charter High School.
Mr. Mikkelsen was inspired to teach in the LA area in order to provide students with a stable educational environment where they could be equipped with the intellectual assets necessary to break free from cycles of poverty and violence. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Mikkelsen worked as a carpenter for three years, building custom homes, decks, and doing remodeling in the state of Illinois. He completed an integrated Bachelors of Arts degree with concentrations in History, Business/Economics, and Political Science as well as a teaching credential program at Wheaton College in Illinois. In May of 2013, he graduated with an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. In December of 2013, he earned his Certified Flight Instructor certificate, and his Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument in February, 2014. He currently resides in Torrance, CA.