That lesson is Oprah's own credo: "Trust your instincts. Honor your own truth. Discern it, know it and follow it. Is it right for me? That's my great business lesson." She'll be teaching the girls by satellite from Chicago, and sometimes in person, joining a staff of the finest teachers she can gather.
For those who are chosen, move-in day at the school will no doubt astound the girls and their families. "I want their parents to know they can trust me with their girls," she says. The thought of that day intensely affects her. Tears stream down her cheeks, perhaps a remnant of grief over her own early struggles, certainly hope for the future of these children: "It's the first time in my life that I've said I feel proud of myself." Turning to go, she says, "It has been a great day...a great day!"