After 36 Years, Mrs. Mueller Says Goodbye

The beloved Central Middle School teacher hangs it up.

Vicci Mueller says she’s one of the lucky ones.

For 36 years, she’s had the title of teacher at Central Middle School - but she’s really in the business of touching lives. And if you grew up in San Carlos within the last three decades, there’s a decent chance she has touched yours, or your child's. 

“My students, even the difficult ones, have only enriched my life, given me satisfaction, and truly given me love,” Mueller told San Carlos Patch. “From the very beginning I realized that teaching is more than imparting knowledge and guiding students in academic fields.  It is a chance to give a child a sense of belonging and self worth.  No matter what happens in their lives, I want them to know that Mrs. Mueller loved them and had faith in them.  I hope I have done just that.”

Mueller graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960’s and says there weren’t many opportunities for women at the time. But she knew she wanted to be a teacher. For more than 30 years - with the exception of some time she took off to be a mother - she has taught children, imparting her kindness onto them as they head into the world.

The City of San Carlos, a city renowned for its schools, plays a role in Mueller’s longevity as a teacher here.

“I love this town!” she exclaimed. “It has been an incredible ride.  My favorite stories revolve around two boys, neither an excellent student.  One, a bouncer at a club in town, stopped my family and informed them that I was the best thing that ever happened to him.  Another, ran down Laurel shouting at me, "Mrs. Mueller, I have a job!"

Now, it’s time to retire, she says. Her career will be commemorated inside the Central library on May 21 from 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm. 

“It’s time to allow others to carry the torch!” she said.  “We have wonderful, caring teachers in this town who will continue to give students everything they need. All I say is "I have been truly blessed!"


Leave a thought for Mrs. Mueller in the comments below!

Mark Olbert May 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Vicci, Congratulations on moving on to the next stage of what I'm sure will continue to be a life filled with service to our community and much personal happiness! You made a tremendous difference in the lives of many people in your teaching career, not just among your students but also with their families. Not to mention the odd trustee or two :). Thanks for all you've done. Thanks, too, for the advice and counsel you gave me during my years on the Board. You will be missed. But never forgotten. - Mark
David Buckmaster May 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Mrs. Mueller You are an amazing teacher. San Carlos was a better place because of you. David Buckmaster
Shirin Apour May 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Mr. Mueller, You were teacher to my cousin, sister and brother and now my daughter. Your presence will be missed! Thank you for all the memories!! Fondly, Shirin Apour
Alicia Ivelich May 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Mrs mueller,you were always so loving and kind to me, although I was loud, silly and goofy, you never gave up on me... I wasn't a star student, but you told me i had heart and you always let me know that you liked me. You have to be one of the very few teachers who can go 5 years without seeing a student and know their name and face. Never have I known such a special teacher as you. You really made my 6th grade special, it's been 14+ years and you still remember me like I never left....you're an amazing woman..... Even more so since I saw your moves in the chicken's ball!! I love you mrs. Mueller you truly are the best there is! Alicia ivelich
morna May 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
MRS MUELLER you are an amazing teacher! Congrats. CMS Class of 1989 Morna Tupua-Rodriguez


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