Remembering Joel Coughlin

Published October 11, 2018

3 preschool children sitting on Joel's bench.

We want to share with you that the memorial to our beloved teacher, Joel Coughlin (1973-2018), who passed away this past February, has been installed on the Preschool playground on the North Campus.

Plaque and quote on Joel's bench.
Joel and one of his preschool students.

Joel was a Preschool Teacher at UBCCC North from 2008-2017.

Cathy Smith (SC Program Coordinator) kindly donated a maple tree from her property, and many families and UBCCC staff gave generously for the bench and plaque.  [Dan Ball (NC Toddler Teacher) gave us the quote for the plaque – from a song by Pearl Jam – a band he and Joel would often talk about.] 

The children have already begun enjoying the bench, and after sitting on it today, Colin Packard (Preschool 3 NC) declared, “This is beautiful!” 

We agree wholeheartedly – and it is a wonderful tribute to Joel.