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

Nadia Lopez

"The story of Mott Hall Bridges Academy is the story of American education. Nadia Lopez . . . must be a principal, a mentor, and sometimes a mother. I hope that you're as impressed by her dedication to these kids as I've been." -Brandon Stanton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Humans of New York The inspirational account of the creation of a pathbreaking inner-city middle school in Brooklyn, New York, by the magnetic young principal who rocketed to national fame via Humans of New York When thirteen-year-old Vidal Chastanet told photographer Brandon Stanton that his principal ,"Ms. Lopez," was the person who most influenced his life, it was the pebble that started a whirlwind for Nadia Lopez and her small, new public school in one of Brooklyn's most wretched communities. The posting on Stanton's wildly popular site Humans of New York (HONY) went mega-viral. Lopez-not long before on the verge of quitting-found herself in the national spotlight and headed for a meeting with Obama, as well as the beneficiary of a million-dollar IndieGoGo campaign for the school. Here is her first-person account of what it took to get to that moment. Mott Hall Bridges Academy isn't just a hallway inside a typically underserved public school in one of New York City's most underprivileged communities-it is a school that glows with energy and excitement. Lopez tells the kids every day that they're extraordinary and that she loves them. When trouble stirs, she asks: "Would I have been proud to see what happened in that classroom? No? Then why did it happen?" She tells her teachers: "Don't tell me our scholars can't learn; because if you can't teach them, then I'll come teach your class for a couple of weeks." Everything was an uphill battle-to get the school launched, to recruit faculty and students, to solve a million new problems every day, from violent crime to vanishing supplies, but Lopez illustrates how leadership often means just picking the right people to support you. In middle school, one year lost with an unengag

"The story of Mott Hall Bridges Academy is the story of American education. Nadia Lopez . . . must be a principal, a mentor, and sometimes a mother. I hope that you're as impressed by her dedication to these kids as I've been." -Brandon Stanton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Humans of New York The inspirational account of the creation of a pathbreaking inner-city middle school in Brooklyn, New York, by the magnetic young principal who rocketed to national fame via Humans of New York When thirteen-year-old Vidal Chastanet told photographer Brandon Stanton that his principal ,"Ms. Lopez," was the person who most influenced his life, it was the pebble that started a whirlwind for Nadia Lopez and her small, new public school in one of Brooklyn's most wretched communities. The posting on Stanton's wildly popular site Humans of New York (HONY) went mega-viral. Lopez-not long before on the verge of quitting-found herself in the national spotlight and headed for a meeting with Obama, as well as the beneficiary of a million-dollar IndieGoGo campaign for the school. Here is her first-person account of what it took to get to that moment. Mott Hall Bridges Academy isn't just a hallway inside a typically underserved public school in one of New York City's most underprivileged communities-it is a school that glows with energy and excitement. Lopez tells the kids every day that they're extraordinary and that she loves them. When trouble stirs, she asks: "Would I have been proud to see what happened in that classroom? No? Then why did it happen?" She tells her teachers: "Don't tell me our scholars can't learn; because if you can't teach them, then I'll come teach your class for a couple of weeks." Everything was an uphill battle-to get the school launched, to recruit faculty and students, to solve a million new problems every day, from violent crime to vanishing supplies, but Lopez illustrates how leadership often means just picking the right people to support you. In middle school, one year lost with an unengag
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"The story of Mott Hall Bridges Academy is the story of American education. Nadia Lopez . . . must be a principal, a mentor, and sometimes a mother. I hope that you're as impressed by her dedication to these kids as I've been." -Brandon Stanton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Humans of New York The inspirational account of the creation of a pathbreaking inner-city middle school in Brooklyn, New York, by the magnetic young principal who rocketed to national fame via Humans of New York When thirteen-year-old Vidal Chastanet told photographer Brandon Stanton that his principal ,"Ms. Lopez," was the person who most influenced his life, it was the pebble that started a whirlwind for Nadia Lopez and her small, new public school in one of Brooklyn's most wretched communities. The posting on Stanton's wildly popular site Humans of New York (HONY) went mega-viral. Lopez-not long before on the verge of quitting-found herself in the national spotlight and headed for a meeting with Obama, as well as the beneficiary of a million-dollar IndieGoGo campaign for the school. Here is her first-person account of what it took to get to that moment. Mott Hall Bridges Academy isn't just a hallway inside a typically underserved public school in one of New York City's most underprivileged communities-it is a school that glows with energy and excitement. Lopez tells the kids every day that they're extraordinary and that she loves them. When trouble stirs, she asks: "Would I have been proud to see what happened in that classroom? No? Then why did it happen?" She tells her teachers: "Don't tell me our scholars can't learn; because if you can't teach them, then I'll come teach your class for a couple of weeks." Everything was an uphill battle-to get the school launched, to recruit faculty and students, to solve a million new problems every day, from violent crime to vanishing supplies, but Lopez illustrates how leadership often means just picking the right people to support you. In middle school, one year lost with an unengag

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rebecca Paley, Adenrele Ojo

Length:

7h 55m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:46


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:02


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:32


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:10


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:43


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:29


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:05


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:07


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:51


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:47


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:37


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:39


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:29


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:30


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:19


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:43


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:06


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:46


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:23


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:22


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:01


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:34


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:04


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:16


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:04


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:28


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:36