Teacher of the Year Becomes Burbank’s Woman of the Year

By On August 23, 2013

The Zonta Club of Burbank Area is proud to announce the selection of Rebecca Mieliwocki, as “Burbank’s Woman of the Year” for 2013. The Luther Burbank Middle School teacher gained national attention last year, when she was named National Teacher of the Year. Not able to be honored in 2012 because of her constant travel around the country, the Zonta Club of Burbank felt it appropriate to bestow this honor upon Mieliwocki in 2013. The “Woman of the Year” is an annual event sponsored by Zonta to honor exemplary women who make outstanding contributions to our community. Mieliwocki has positively impacted the lives of countless young people in her years teaching in Burbank.

The Zonta Club of Burbank Area will honor Rebecca Mieliwocki at its annual Woman of the Year Luncheon, Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank at 11:30 a.m.

A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Speech Communication and a teaching credential from California State University, Northridge, Mieliwocki has taught English for 16 years in the Burbank Unified School District, first at the high school level and most recently at Luther Burbank Middle School.

“She’s got high expectations for her 7th graders and for herself, but she also knows that school can be fun,” said President Barak Obama as he presented her with the National Teacher of the Year award at the White House.

“The Zonta Club of Burbank is thrilled to honor Rebecca Mieliwocki as Woman of the Year,” said Grace Farenbaugh, President of the Zonta Club. “She has touched and improved so many lives and is a strong role model for aspiring women leaders.”

The Zonta Club invites the community to join in its celebration of Rebecca Mieliwocki’s achievements. Reservations and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Grace Farenbaugh at 818-398-7170 or emailing woy@zontaburbank.org. Reservation and sponsorship information are also available at www.zontaburbank.org. Tickets are $50 each in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.

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