VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and incoming first lady Pam Northam stopped by White Oaks Elementary in Virginia Beach. While they spoke about education, it's apparent the two share a bond.

"We've spent a lot of time together so we've gotten to know each other very well," said McAuliffe.

"What an honor to follow such a wonderful first lady. So to follow in her footsteps is not going to be easy, but she's been so generous," added Northam.

They're talking about school breakfast, something McAuliffe is more than passionate about. This fall, Virginia Beach made sure each of its schools offer breakfast programs.

"We want to make sure that they have an opportunity when they get to school to have the nutrition they need to learn to grow and to thrive every single day," said McAuliffe.

Northam plans on continuing the nutrition effort, but she also wants to make her own mark.

"Ralph and I understand that early childhood development and that's where I think I'm going to really work. And providing more access to quality early childhood, whether it's care or education, all the things that are involved," said Northam.

With this big transition, 13NewsNow asked McAuliffe what advice she's given her friend and future first lady of Virginia.

"She'll learn as she goes and she'll do it her way," she said.

"She's a great teacher, she's given me all the great pointers and I can only hope to aspire to what she's done," added Northam.