A week that started with a national television appearance and a visit to the White House came full circle Monday as newly-named National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki was given a raucous welcome home by students and colleagues at Luther Burbank Middle School.
The event marked her first official appearance as the nation’s top educator, and attracted a wide swath of public officials, including Rep. Brad Sherman, State Supt. Tom Torlakson and California Teachers Assn. President Doug Vogel.
Mieliwocki used the occasion to thank everyone from Burbank Unified Supt. Stan Carrizosa to her classroom janitor.
“At 43, I understand how life works,” said Mieliwocki, a longtime Glendale resident. “You surround yourself with good people and you shut up and you listen to what they have to say and you watch what they do and you try to soak it all up. You end up being uniquely you, but ultimately a patchwork quilt of all the amazing people you have learned from.”