Burbank Unified teacher and longtime Glendale resident Rebecca Mieliwocki was named Thursday as one of four finalists for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year award.
“I have been led by some remarkable people, teachers and administrators alike, from whom I’ve never felt anything but the utmost dedication and respect,” Mieliwocki said. “I have been pushed to be the best teacher I can be, and given opportunities to push kids in creative, exciting ways. When a school district does that for its teachers, it’s no wonder something like this can happen.”
Raised in Napa by two educators, Mieliwocki has spent nine years of her 13-year career with Burbank Unified, where she is currently teaching English at Luther Middle School.
In October, she was recognized as a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year. One month later, she took the state-wide honor, and was selected by California Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as one of five California teachers to advance to the national competition.