Nadia Lopez

The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World

Nadia Lopez

Talk: The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World

In 2015, Nadia Lopez was struggling as the principal and founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a middle school in one of America's poorest communities. She rose to an unlikely fame when the blog Humans of New York featured an eight grader from her school who, when asked "Who's influenced you the most in life?," responded with "My principal." The post received over 1M likes of Facebook, and thrust Lopez and her school into the internet spotlight. In "The Bridge to Brilliance," Lopez chronicles what happens after the internet fame ends. She brilliantly chronicles the founding of her school, and the highlights the plight of excellent educators to provide opportunities for all American children.

Nadia Lopez

Nadia Lopez is the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a model for quality education that includes an innovative learning environment. Since being featured on Humans of New York in February of 2015, she has been profiled in countless national media outlets, has been invited to speak at Harvard, and was invited to the White House, and delivered a TED Talk on the “Revolution of Education.”

The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World

Be inspired by the magnetic young principal who “stands on the front line of the fight to educate America's children." (Brandon Stanton, author of Humans of New York ) and the book that Essence calls "Essential reading."

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