May 16, 2012 |
The class clown from Mr. Gadberry's high school art class has made good - and how. Rebecca Mieliwocki teaches seventh-grade English at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank - but not next year. Instead, she'll be on the road as the National Teacher of the Year. It took her a long time to get to the classroom - she once worked as a floral designer, doing the flowers for Elizabeth Taylor's private jet - and eventually to the White House, where a fellow teacher, President Obama, crowned her as a national teaching treasure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2012 |
Though she was raised by two teachers, Rebecca Mieliwocki never figured she'd end up in front of a classroom. She first aspired to be a lawyer, then worked in publishing. Unfulfilled, she decided to take up the family profession. And on Monday, after 14 years in the classroom, she was named the National Teacher of the Year. "I was not doing work that I felt was making a difference on the planet," she said. "It was shocking to me as anybody that being a teacher was absolutely the right fit. " Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, will be recognized by President Obama on Tuesday during a ceremony at the White House.
July 25, 2007
Plums: Last week's Farmers Market column stated that the city of Burbank was named for famed horticulturalist Luther Burbank. It was named for a David Burbank, a dentist.
March 25, 2007 |
WHAT The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens WHERE Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues in Santa Rosa, Calif. GETTING THERE From San Francisco, take U.S. 101 north and exit toward downtown Santa Rosa; turn right on 3rd Street, then right on Santa Rosa Avenue. WHY TAKE A DETOUR If you've ever eaten a French fry, you've probably tasted Luther Burbank's work -- the Burbank potato. The famous horticulturalist lived and worked here until he died in 1926 (although he was a Massachusetts native).
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2005 |
Experimentation, Luther Burbank said, is the "sole object and purpose of life" -- a credo that still bears fruit at the self-taught horticulturist's home and garden, just a cork's throw from Sonoma County's wine country. Here, buzzing bees share the air with echoes of Burbank's wild imagination.
July 13, 2003 |
I had invited my cool 13-year-old cousin, Sam, to see a new museum here commemorating the late "Peanuts" creator, Charles M. Schulz. I had assumed that a place dedicated to a comic strip wasn't the kind of museum most grown-ups would want to see unless they were trying to entertain someone younger. Sam was a wonderful addition to the weekend, but the truth was that the Charles M.