“I carry with me all of their talent, all of their ability, all of their experience; it has made me who I am,” she said in an interview after her award was announced Monday.
Raised in Napa, Mieliwocki has spent nine of her 13-year career with Burbank Unified. After finishing the school year at Luther Burbank Middle School, Mieliwocki will take a one-year sabbatical to act as the spokeswoman for public education and collaborate with national policy makers.
Burbank Unified Supt. Stan Carrizosa, school board Vice President Debbie Kutka and former Luther Burbank Middle School Principal Anita Schackmann were making their way through Los Angeles International Airport on Monday to catch a flight to Washington D.C. for the White House ceremony when they received the news.