Rebecca Mieliwocki is already California's Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching for 14 years.
Mieliwocki originally set out to be a lawyer before following in the footsteps of her parents.
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says Mieliwocki stands out for her optimism and enthusiasm.
Mieliwocki will receive the honor from President Obama at a White House ceremony Tuesday.