2012 National Teacher of the Year Hopes to 'Restore Dignity' to Teachers
In a light-hearted White House ceremony this morning, President Obama presented Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th grade English teacher from Burbank, Calif., with the 2012 National Teacher of the Year award.
Mieliwocki stood with the 53 other State Teachers of the Year—the pool from which she was chosen as the recipient—and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the short ceremony. Several of her colleagues and family members, including her son and husband, sat in the front row to cheer her on.
In introducing Mieliwocki, Obama explained that "when she was 18, the last thing she wanted to be was a teacher." The daughter of two public school teachers, Mieliwocki rebelled by studying to become a lawyer. She eventually went on to try a few different careers—in publishing, floral design, and event planning—before yielding to what Obama said seems to...
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