Avid readers of this newspaper know that Luther Middle School teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki received the National Teacher of the Year for 2012, but they might not know why.
She engages her students in the classroom and inspires her fellow teachers, said her co-workers during a luncheon on Saturday where she received Woman of the Year 2013 from the Zonta Club of Burbank at the Castaway restaurant.
Luther teacher Traci Fellman recalled how Mieliwocki offers ways to improve the campus and inspires others to try new things. She led the way to spruce up the teachers’ lounge and helped organize the Luther Losers weight-loss program.
“Rebecca is always there to make things better and push people outside of their comfort zones,” Fellman said.
Mieliwocki is less enthusiastic about stepping out from her own comfort zone, so Fellman challenged her into competing in a triathlon. And after crossing the finish line, they celebrated by indulging in their favorite food — bacon.