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How a Principal Built a School

by Bill Hayes

In How a Principal Built a School for the New York Times Book Review, Dale Russakoff reviews The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World by Nadia Lopez and Rebecca Paley.

Nadia Lopez is an unlikely star of the internet age — an urban-middle-school principal whose story went viral. It all began in January 2015 when the blog Humans of New York featured an eighth grader at her school named Vidal. “Who’s influenced you the most in your life?” the young boy bundled in a hoodie and a black jacket was asked. “My principal,” he answered. A few days later, Brandon Stanton, the photographer responsible for the blog, visited Lopez and her school, Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. There he found a young principal striving to turn a public school into a bulwark against the forces of urban distress. She became an overnight sensation. [more]