Mom Crush: Dr. Nadia Lopez

NLopez_EssenceFestivalEssence Festival is this week and Dr. Nadia Lopez, our favorite Brooklyn Principle and Founder of  Mott Hall Bridges Academy, will be speaking on education at the Essence Empowerment Experience during the festival in New Orleans. Check out our top 5 reasons for crushing on Dr. Lopez.


  1. In 2010 she founded Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a middle school located in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The academy was founded on the idea that scholars need to realize their connections to the past, present and future; and understand how it all connects to their success.  As an educator, Dr. Nadia Lopez is pioneering a path of inspired leadership to show the world how under-privileged communities can beat the odds and create positive institutions that have a global impact.
  2. She is making a difference in her students life! So much that one of her students mentioned her name as the most influential person in his life to the popular blog Humans of New York (HONY). This mention went viral and in a few weeks, 1.4 million had been raised for her academy and is being used to take her students on college trips to Harvard University, Summer STEAM programs, and college scholarships.  Dr. Lopez’s  story was featured on Black Girls Rock!,  The Ellen Show, and also gave her the opportunity to meet with the President and First Lady  at the White House
  3. In May, Nadia received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from her alma mater, Wagner College; so put some “respek” on her name and address her as Dr. Nadia Lopez when you see her…yes, we love the sound of that!
  4. On August 31, 2016 she will release her first book, “The Bridge to Brilliance” on Viking Books.  The Bridge To Brilliance not only discusses the founding, struggles, and successes of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, but also tells “the story of brilliant children in the Brownsville, Brooklyn who are resilient and complex.”
  5. Lastly she is a dope mom to a dope daughter, Cenne Tyler.  While saving the world one child at a time, Nadia also pours into her own daughter. Cenne was inspired by her mother to start her own website, Little Miss Goodie;  a platform that encourages girls to live SMART, feel GOOD, and GIVE to others. Through workshops and conferences girls ages 11-17 receive guidance from experts in the field of education, health, fashion, financial literacy, entertainment, and the arts.


I haven’t crossed Nadia’s path in about 5 years, but it is great to see what resilience and passion for the young generation can turn into.  One of our mentor’s, Michaela Angela Davis once told us we will never know our purpose in life until we reach back to help the next generation.  Long before HONY came along, I personally watched this woman do the work to make her dream and the dream of young children in Brownsville, Brooklyn come true.

Brooklyn stand up.




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1 Comment

  1. Lan
    July 4, 2016 / 11:44 am

    I went to this year”s Essence Festival on Saturday. It there that I heard Dr. Lopez, Dr. Steve Perry, and Dr. John King. I was impressed by the Festival, by the empowerment seminars and the speakers who were interviewed. When I was a little girl (52 years old now), I wanted to be a teacher, but became a nurse instead. The folks I mentioned at the outset have such passion for what they do! They are simply inspiring, and that word lacks the impact of what I feel. I wish for the passion that those on that panel have for the teachers in the schools and those aspiring to teach.
    Thank you Dr. Lopez for sharing your experiences with us who attended the festival. Thank you for sharing yourself and giving of yourself. May you continue to bless the children, parents, colleagues, and stranger like me whom you touch.

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