Amy Galloway and Mildred Nelson embrace like old friends.
Maybe there should be animosity between the two. After all, Galloway will lead Kirkpatrick Enhanced Option Elementary’s transition to a KIPP Nashville charter next year, in turn displacing Nelson as principal.
Instead, there are jokes and laughter between them.
“I know she likes Disney songs,” Nelson says, prompting a smile from her counterpart.
“I do,” Galloway says then laughs. “I know all the lyrics to ‘Colors of the Wind.’”
In the midst of a fight between school traditionalists and reformists are Galloway and Nelson, who will work together as principals under the same roof until KIPP fully assumes responsibility in the 2018-19 school year.
There is no war between the two or even a hint of disdain. It’s a union of like minds working toward the same goal — educating children.
“It is not about charter or public,” Nelson said. “It’s about the child.”
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