Beatrix (Bea) Miller, Class of 1930, started at Nightingale-Bamford in 1922. She knew both founders, Miss Nightingale and Miss Bamford, quite well.
As she recalls it, Miss Nightingale was extraordinary: sweet, educated, and very determined when she set about to teach little children. She visited homes, and everyone loved her. “Her attitude is what made her so special,” remembers Miss Miller. “She loved every one of the children, saw their potential right away, and then drew it out of them.” At the school, Miss Nightingale taught Bible, morals, and simple arithmetic. When she came to teach a class, the children would cluster around her because they were so happy she was teaching them that day.
But make no mistake—Miss Nightingale was much more than just a sweet lady. People admired her greatly for her accomplishments in starting the school and for her unwavering commitment to educating children.
Miss Bamford, on the other hand, was another personality altogether—her no-nonsense attitude was one of her defining qualities. “I remember when the doors opened in the morning and we all streamed in. There would be total silence when we passed Miss Bamford’s office because she required no talking in the hallways,” recalls Miss Miller. "But even at that age, we admired Miss Bamford. She was very smart, witty, and dedicated. I always sensed that she was something special."