Rebecca Mieliwocki Chosen as Finalist for National Teacher of the Year

Rebecca Mieliwocki
Rebecca Mieliwocki is shown with Burbank Superintendent Stan Carrizosa at a recent awards ceremony at the Burbank Elk's Lodge (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Unified School District is pleased to announce that Luther Burbank middle school teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 California Teacher of the Year, has been selected as one of four finalists nationwide for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year award.

Superintendent Stan Carrizosa responded with pride upon hearing the news: “We are so excited that Ms. Mieliwocki is one of the four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. It is testimony to the skill and talent possessed by so many incredible teachers working in Burbank Unified and the State of California. In the face of nearly impossible conditions she is an example of California’s ability to continue to serve our public schools and rise to the top!”

Rebecca Mieliwocki
Rebecca Mieliwocki

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today said, “I am elated that Rebecca, who is remarkably gifted and innovative, is being considered as the nation’s next top teacher. I nominated her for this prestigious title because she is an inspiration to other teachers as well as her students, who are learning and succeeding due to her tremendous classroom skill.”

Mieliwocki (pronounced like Milwaukee) was named in November as one of five California Teachers of the Year. Her selection as a national finalist was announced today by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education.

She and three other state Teachers of the Year from Florida, Alabama, and the Department of Defense Education Activity in Italy were chosen by a National Selection Committee representing the major national education organizations. The winner will be announced in April.

Mieliwocki has been teaching for more than 14 years, including nine years at Luther Burbank Middle School, where she teaches general education and Gifted and Talented Education classes.  She is faculty chair and serves on the school leadership team. Her lessons are infused with a wide array of technical tools that, as her principal, Anita Schackmann, says, “brings lessons to life.”

Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; and a Single Subject Professional Clear Credential in English at California State University, Northridge.


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