Muller Elementary is named after Barbara Muller because of her hard work and dedication to the University area and its residents. Muller Elementary school is located in the area which she loved and for which she dedicated so many hours to revitalize. It is the first elementary school with two magnet themes: Environmental Studies and Visual/Performing/Communication Arts.
Barbara Muller Biography ~ written by her daughter Sue Freeburn
Barbara Muller was born in 1919 in New York City and graduated from Hunter College in New York. She married in 1944 during World War II, and with her husband Joe moved out to Long Island soon after the birth of their first child. Barbara taught first grade in Westbury, NY while raising two more children. After teaching for her entire adult life, Barbara and Joe retired to Tampa, Florida in the early 1980's. Joe passed away in 1989, and Barbara stayed in Tampa until her death in 2002.
Barbara Muller was always a joiner and an organizer. She was president of her teacher's union for many years. When she retired, she and Joe both held offices in their local chapter of AARP (American Association of Retired People). Barbara was president of the resident's association in the retirement community where she lived, University Village in Tampa.
After her husband died, Barbara got very involved in local politics. She became president of her chapter of FLiCRA, Florida Life Care Resident's Association, which promotes and protects the rights of elder Floridians living in continuing care retirement communities. She often attended and spoke before the state legislature in Tallahassee. This is where she met Victor Crist, then State Representative, who was instrumental in developing the Muller Magnet school.
Baraba Muller was awarded the Tower of Achievement award, which was given to a person for longtime commitment in time and resources to the University Area.