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Patt Morrison: Burbank's Rebecca Mieliwocki on what makes a great teacher

Burbank Unified's National Teacher of the Year speaks with the L.A. Times columnist about her craft.

May 16, 2012
(Cheryl Guerrero…)

The class clown from Mr. Gadberry's high school art class has made good — and how. Rebecca Mieliwocki teaches seventh-grade English at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank — but not next year.

Instead, she'll be on the road as the National Teacher of the Year. It took her a long time to get to the classroom — she once worked as a floral designer, doing the flowers for Elizabeth Taylor's private jet — and eventually to the White House, where a fellow teacher, President Obama, crowned her as a national teaching treasure.

Before she takes off, Mieliwocki is speaking at commencement at her teaching alma mater, Cal State Northridge — and right here.

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