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2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki to Speak at Kent State, Jan. 29

Posted Jan. 16, 2013

Rebecca Mieliwocki, who was recognized by President Barack Obama as the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, will present a Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecture at Kent State University on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Photo of Rebecca MieliwockiMieliwocki teaches 7th grade English classes at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, Calif. Mieliwocki, who has taught for 14 years, is known for inspiring and motivating students, often using the Socratic method of questioning to stimulate students’ critical thinking and create dynamic lessons. She hosts family nights, sends out weekly memos to parents and maintains a Facebook page for her class.

Mieliwocki explained that when she was 18 years old, the last thing she wanted to be was a teacher. As the daughter of two public school teachers, she 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 becoming a teacher.

The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by Target, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the ING Foundation, the University of Phoenix and People to People Ambassador Programs.

For more information about the lecture, contact Linda Robertson, director of the Center for International and Intercultural Education in the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State, at or call 330-672-0563.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, visit

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Media Contacts:
Linda Robertson,, 330-672-0563
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595