Burbank Middle School teacher makes national Teacher of the Year finals

Rebecca Mieliwocki has been a teacher at Burbank Middle School for the last nine years
Rebecca Mieliwocki has been a teacher at Burbank Middle School for the last nine years Teacher2Teacher

The Teacher of the Year award may go to a Burbank Middle School teacher, as one of its teachers, Rebecca Mieliwocki, is among five national finalists.

Mieliwocki is the kind of teacher schools brag about: she’s described with words like “remarkably gifted and innovative” and “the ultimate professional.”

Last November Mieliwocki was named one of California’s top five educators.

Now she’ll compete for the national honor, which is sponsored by the non-profit Council of Chief State School Officers.

Mieliwocki has been teaching for 13 years, the last nine at Burbank Middle School. She does general ed and also works with gifted students.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said he’s elated by the news and called Mieliwocki an inspiration to students and teachers alike.

The national winner will be named in April.

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