Michelle Nunez is the proud Principal and CEO of Galileo School for Gifted Learning. After serving 9 years as a high school teacher, Michelle entered school administration, serving as a middle school dean and assistant principal in Seminole County, Florida. In 2012, Michelle applied for and won her dream job as an elementary school principal at Galileo School for Gifted Learning. At that time, Galileo was a very small and new public charter school with just over one hundred students and nine classroom teachers. Under Michelle’s leadership, Galileo grew from a small elementary school to become an A-rated K-8 School of Excellence, recognized by the Florida Department of Education, with 590 students and a strong waiting list.
In the year 2020, Galileo expanded due to strong demand and built Galileo School for Gifted Learning – Skyway, welcoming an additional 766 students to the Galileo School Model. Under Michelle’s leadership, Galileo has received local, state, and national recognition, including the American Psychological Association’s Golden Psi Award, the 2023 Building Hope Impact Award for Student Empowerment, and Playground Magazine’s Family Favorite Award Winner – Public Elementary School from 2016 to 2022. Galileo has expanded its reach to serve nearly 1400 students in grades PreK-8th grade in Seminole County, between the two school sites.