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Patt Morrison: Burbank’s Rebecca Mieliwocki on what makes a great teacher

Patt Morrison: Burbank’s Rebecca Mieliwocki on what makes a great teacher
(Cheryl Guerrero / Staff Photographer)

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.

Before she takes off, Mieliwocki is speaking at commencement at her teaching alma mater, Cal State Northridge — and right here.

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