My ANCS story began about 16 years ago. I was living and teaching
in New York City but still kept up with news about Atlanta from the AJC.com. One day I read about a terrible fire that had just destroyed the building of a new charter school in Grant Park. I’d never heard of this school–the Neighborhood Charter School–so I looked it up, and, as an educator, I was impressed with what I saw on the school’s website: a focus on hands-on learning and students and the community at the center of the school’s work. I sent an email to the school’s principal, Jackie Rosswurm, expressing my condolences about the fire and my hope that what sounded like an amazing little school would be able to quickly recover.