7th grade English teacher named 2012 National Teacher of the Year
Rebecca Mieliwocki who teaches in Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California was honored today in a White House ceremony with 53 other state teachers of the year. I enjoyed reading the article at this link about the event and hopefully you read it and feel proud that you have selected the noble profession of teaching!
Here is a segment of the article written by Liana Heitin:
“In a humble yet self-assured speech, Mieliwocki told the audience of several hundred educators and policymakers, “I’m not the best teacher in America—there isn’t one.” But like other successful teachers, “I have a warm and welcoming heart for all students,” she said. “And I have the unshakeable understanding that students can do anything they put their minds to.”
In her application, Mieliwocki noted that she also sees herself as “a 12-year-old goofball” on the inside. “While I am always a consummate professional, there’s nothing in the playbook that says teachers need to be stuffy or staid or that learning has to be dry and dull,” she wrote.”