Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2012 California Teacher of the Year/National Teacher of the Year
Seventh-grade English teacher, Rebecca Mieliwocki says it was important to her that she honor the school district in which she works — and the city whose children she’s taught — by offering the Teaching It Forward scholarship to an employee of Burbank Unified School District.
She selected Ishmael Lopez, a self-described “computer guy” for the district, she says, for three reasons: “First, he’s a Burbank guy through and through. … Second, his core values of responsibility, service and duty are very important to me. … Finally, he is committed to making his family proud of him and doing right by the community that grew him.”
Lopez is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.