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Mountain View Voice

News - June 8, 2007

Tearful good-bye for Huff principal

Craig Goldman's nine-year run celebrated with 'Huff love' and a special photo

by Alexa Tondreau

The Huff Elementary School community gathered Thursday evening to give an emotional send-off to Principal Craig Goldman, who is leaving to become CFO of the school district.

Around 200 students and parents, both current and alumni, came out to pay tribute to Goldman, who re-opened Huff Elementary nine years ago and saw the student body nearly double, with 472 students attending this year.

The evening's speakers and dozens of parents and staff in attendance were visibly upset during the tribute, weeping as they said good-bye to the beloved principal.

"He truly had a vision for what Huff could be, and he created a place where every child could belong," said parent Carin Wineman, who sat on Huff's PTA board in 1998 when the Mountain View Whisman School District opted to reopen the school, located on Martens Avenue in Mountain View.

Music teacher Kaye Devries echoed the sentiments, saying, "In terms of principals I've known at other schools, he's the best. He really listens and is supportive, and he has a very broad view of education and what it means to educate someone. It's a hard act to follow."

Many of Thursday's speakers made mention of the school's motto, "Huff Love," which Goldman repeated and promoted often during his tenure.

"Craig used the word 'love' with students. He talked about how important it was to have love for the other students, teachers and for themselves," said parent Rachel Ross, vice president of the Huff PTA.

Ross continued, "I didn't hear my principal use the word 'love' when I was young. These kids are lucky to have heard such a message from their principal."

As a gift, the school presented Goldman with an aerial photograph of the entire student body spelling out "Huff Love" on the athletic field.

The photograph was kept a secret until the unveiling, and required the coordination of all staff, students and many parent volunteers, Clay said. It was taken by parent Rick Martin, a former Mercury News photographer, in a plane piloted by another Huff parent, Clay Ross.

Goldman told the crowd, "I didn't bring Huff love to Huff. I found it here."

He continued, "This has always been an extremely generous community, and I've been a conduit for that generosity. I truly believe our school has never lacked for anything."

Goldman will take over the position of district chief financial officer on June 30, replacing outgoing CFO Rebecca Wright. He will be replaced at Huff by Richard Yee.

E-mail Alexa Tondreau at atondreau@mv-voice.com

Comments

Posted by Miguel Barron, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 14, 2007 at 6:20 pm

So, where's the pictures "Huff Love" and "Craig Goldman".
My daughter, "Sofia Loren Barron," (first grader) made part of the arial picture "Huff Love". Also, Huff elementary is #1 in California
thanks to Craig Goldman. A great story deserves illustrations.


Posted by registered user, Daniel DeBolt, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 15, 2007 at 9:59 am

The pictures were printed in last weeks paper. We may not run photos online with every story, though you can download a PDF of the whole paper, photos and all..
Web Link


Posted by registered user, Don Frances, a resident of Mountain View Voice Editor
on Jun 15, 2007 at 10:11 am

Miguel,

Also, we'll be running more photos online as time goes on. I still need to arrange a way for our photo desk to provide the photos in Web-friendly format (boring administrative stuff).


Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Wow. 400+ kids were able to keep that a secret. Amazing! I once threw a surprise party for my wife and almost told her about 20x...


Whoever came up with that idea deserves big kudos.


Posted by Christopher Schulz, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Nov 7, 2007 at 6:14 pm

He was such a great principal.