About Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2012 California & National Teacher of the Year
Rebecca Mieliwocki is the 2012 California and National Teacher of the Year. She was chosen from a group of 54 state teachers of the year to represent America’s 3.2 million public school teachers in a year of travel, speaking, and advocacy that took her to 30 U.S. states and eight nations. Mrs. Mieliwocki is a dynamic, enthusiastic, and proud member of the education community who set out to restore admiration to the profession of teaching and to remind Americans of just how much is going right in classrooms across the country.
Mrs. Mieliwocki is a 7th grade English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California. She has been teaching for 16 years and has taught every grade from 7th grade to college level composition classes to graduate level education classes with Cal State Northridge. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from California Polytechnic State University and her professional clear credential in Secondary English Education from California State University Northridge. She is the 2005 California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year for Southern California, a 2009 PTA Honorary Service, and a BTSA mentor, and has also served as a teacher expert for CSUN College of Education Panel titled “The ABC's of IEPs.”
A child of two veteran public school teachers, Rebecca initially shied away from becoming a teacher, but she soon realized there is “no nobler profession” than teaching. Her own K-12 teachers serve as her heroes and she models her teaching style on the example they set for her. She works hard to provide her students with exciting and dynamic lessons that are both educational, relevant, and amusing.
Rebecca says, "Students learn best when they have the most enthusiastic, engaged teachers possible." She believes strongly in the importance of good teacher preparation programs, continuous support and collaboration opportunities for veteran teachers, and a strong school leadership team to guide and drive achievement. She values the teaching profession as a sought-after career and one that can transform our nation for the better. She says, “I firmly believe that our students are our future, so we, their teachers, must do our best to inspire them and guide them to greatness."