Bench placed in memory of Muirlands Middle School teacher Craig Goldman in La Jolla

Teachers and staff of Muirlands Middle School gathered Dec. 17 for the unveiling of a mosaic bench dedicated to teacher Craig Goldman as a celebration of his life as an educator.

“The bench was designed by integrating quotes, sayings and expressions shared by students, parents and teachers about Craig,” Principal Chris Hargrave told the group. “Mosaic artist Jane Wheeler and Muirlands Foundation co-president Margaret Ohara meticulously placed each rock, colorful glass tile, and clay piece to create a unique tribute to Craig. This bench will serve as a symbol and reminder of Craig’s life work as a learner, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend.”

The teachers created the fused-glass pieces tiled into the bench and provided a “word” describing Craig that was stamped into clay to create the border. Numerous quotes by Craig surround the bench, as well as words about him from others, including: “Every student can achieve”; “Achieve your fullest potential as a student and human being”; “Do what you love in service to others”; and “You can do anything.”

The student tributes included: “He made every student feel special” and ”He was more than just a teacher."

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