Nadia Lopez, Principal and Founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in 2010, a public middle school focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) in “one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods” in Brooklyn, NY, is battling a true Shakespearean array of toil and trouble: The Public Education Mediocracy.
In her newly released book “The Bridge To Brilliance”, she “faces challenging students, exhausted parents, overwhelmed teachers, and low test scores“. The true nemesis is a culture of low expectations and despair that defines many public schools in America.
She calls her students “scholars”, challenging teachers, parents, community and educational establishment to be engaged and accountable. She asks:
“How are you making the difference in the lives of children?”
Ms. Lopez is on the front line of education, motivating and inspiring students each day, leading them on a path to college and lifetime success.
The NEA, the guardian of the status quo, provided a nice quote by the poet William Butler Yeats for its 2016 American Education Week:
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
Ms. Lopez would agree, but would add a little Mahatma Gandhi:
“The future depends on what you do today.“