Today one of Burbank’s classroom warriors got some high marks, kudos, and acknowledgement from Mayor Jess Talamantes in a letter released to the media. Here’s the full text.
As Mayor of the City of Burbank I am writing this letter in support of one of Burbank’s middle school teachers, Ms. Rebecca Mieliwocki, who was named the 2012 California Teacher of the Year, and is one of the four finalists nationwide for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year award.
On behalf of the City of Burbank, I could not be more proud that this community is being represented by such an amazing educator who has been described as “remarkably gifted and innovative,” and an “inspiration to other teachers as well as her students, who are learning and succeeding due to her tremendous classroom skill.”
Ms. Mieliwocki has been teaching for more than 14 years, including nine years at Luther Burbank Middle School, my Alma Mater, 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 says, “brings lessons to life.”
It is professionals like Ms. Mieliwocki, with her classroom skills combined with her dedication to the youth of this community, that make Burbank such an amazing place in which to live, work and play.
Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to formally recognize Ms. Mielwocki’s amazing achievement and wish her the best of luck and gratitude as she proudly represents Burbank across this great nation.Mayor Jess Talamantes City of Burbank