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Letters: Praise for the National Teacher of the Year

April 27, 2012
  • National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki teaches her English class at Luther Middle School.
National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki teaches her English class…

Re "Burbank educator wins top award, praise from Obama," April 25

The first ingredient of great teaching is an engaged heart. Burbank middle school teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki has taken that heart and made of it a beautiful expression of care and excellence.

Her humility in being named National Teacher of the Year is a beacon of light on how to behave, and proof again that the truly great don't aspire to be. They simply heed their call to greatness through service.

By example, Mieliwocki inspires selfless self-determination while embodying the word "teacher" as a noble profession. We are each made better by it.

Jeanine D'Elia

Granada Hills

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