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REAL TALK 🗣 I didn’t realize how exhausted I was until one of my staff members told me that I fell asleep and started snoring during our yoga session😴 To be really honest, these past couple of weeks I have been battling excruciating pain in my neck and back from injuries sustained after falling down a flight of steel steps and being thrown into a brick wall at a previous school. So every time it rains, gets extremely cold, or I get totally stressed out, the pain in my neck and back can be unbearable. (The details are in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ on Amazon)

Ironically, this week makes the  8th year since I was injured—days before my birthday. I remember crying in my office 😢asking God, “Why would you forsake me like this?” After fifteen minutes of silence, my cell phone rang📱 with ‘No Caller ID’ flashing on the screen. Usually I wouldn’t pick up, but this time it was different. ▫️
“Hello?”
“Is this Nadia Lopez?”
“Yes”
“This is the Office of Portfolio. Congratulations! You have been approved for a new middle school.” ▫️
I don’t know if the tears streaming down my face 😭was due to pain or the humility from God’s grace. But here I am managing the pain, leading a school and thoroughly exhausted. All of this while I patiently wait for Him to order my next steps 👣  I work in faith for my scholars and #teamMHBA to #BeGreat. [👀 my InstaStory 👆🏾] #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #TheCall #education #leadership #HerStory #Faith #Yoga

REAL TALK 🗣 I didn’t realize how exhausted I was until one of my staff members told me that I fell asleep and started snoring during our yoga session😴 To be really honest, these past couple of weeks I have been battling excruciating pain in my neck and back from injuries sustained after falling down a flight of steel steps and being thrown into a brick wall at a previous school. So every time it rains, gets extremely cold, or I get totally stressed out, the pain in my neck and back can be unbearable. (The details are in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ on Amazon) Ironically, this week makes the 8th year since I was injured—days before my birthday. I remember crying in my office asking God, “Why would you forsake me like this?” After fifteen minutes of silence, my cell phone rang with ‘No Caller ID’ flashing on the screen. Usually I wouldn’t pick up, but this time it was different. ️ “Hello?” “Is this Nadia Lopez?” “Yes” “This is the Office of Portfolio. Congratulations! You have been approved for a new middle school.” ️ I don’t know if the tears streaming down my face was due to pain or the humility from God’s grace. But here I am managing the pain, leading a school and thoroughly exhausted. All of this while I patiently wait for Him to order my next steps I work in faith for my scholars and #teamMHBA to #BeGreat . [ my InstaStory 🏾] #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #TheCall #education #leadership #HerStory #Faith #Yoga - 9 hours ago

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“Ms. Lopez, I just want to thank you for all that you for  me at Mott Hall. You created I MATTER and because of it, I’ve learned so much. I am working on the tech team at my high school and I’ll be working with Phil as his mentee to learn how to create videos for digital spaces. You made sure we could always succeed and I can’t thank you enough.” 🔳
Devon is such a remarkable young man, who was always inquisitive and willing to try things out, even if he had slight reservations. Two years ago he travels to Alaska, all expenses paid because he participated in the @bklyncombine @imatterinc mentoring program every Saturday during his middle school years. Today he stopped by not only thank me, but to talk to our current scholars about the importance of valuing a school like @motthallbridges. As he shared his transition to high school and how different the support has been, I couldn’t help but to be proud and get a bit emotional. It never ceases to amaze me how God steps in and sends a child with a message as a reminder that the weariness and feeling of defeat is not in vain.
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When folks only see the trouble in children, they fail to  recognize their true potential. Thank you Devon and countless other scholars who continue to come back to a school that continues to love and accept them 💜 #theLopezEffect #education #occupyschools #theCall #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Legacy

“Ms. Lopez, I just want to thank you for all that you for me at Mott Hall. You created I MATTER and because of it, I’ve learned so much. I am working on the tech team at my high school and I’ll be working with Phil as his mentee to learn how to create videos for digital spaces. You made sure we could always succeed and I can’t thank you enough.” Devon is such a remarkable young man, who was always inquisitive and willing to try things out, even if he had slight reservations. Two years ago he travels to Alaska, all expenses paid because he participated in the @bklyncombine @imatterinc mentoring program every Saturday during his middle school years. Today he stopped by not only thank me, but to talk to our current scholars about the importance of valuing a school like @motthallbridges. As he shared his transition to high school and how different the support has been, I couldn’t help but to be proud and get a bit emotional. It never ceases to amaze me how God steps in and sends a child with a message as a reminder that the weariness and feeling of defeat is not in vain. When folks only see the trouble in children, they fail to recognize their true potential. Thank you Devon and countless other scholars who continue to come back to a school that continues to love and accept them #theLopezEffect #education #occupyschools #theCall #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Legacy - 1 day ago

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“...it’s not normal for people to harm other people, we should never feel that it is, even though it’s happening around us.” -@_marlonpeterson @decarceratedpodcast 
Too often many of my  scholars believe that the sound of sirens, living in poverty, and going to prison is normal. It takes courageous and honest conversations with our scholars that not only acknowledges the violence they experience, but also to provide strategies to navigate these circumstances. Thank you Marlon for always supporting @motthallbridges! #theLopezEffect #IMATTERbecause #TheWritetoHeal #education #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #BePrecedential

“...it’s not normal for people to harm other people, we should never feel that it is, even though it’s happening around us.” -@_marlonpeterson @decarceratedpodcast Too often many of my scholars believe that the sound of sirens, living in poverty, and going to prison is normal. It takes courageous and honest conversations with our scholars that not only acknowledges the violence they experience, but also to provide strategies to navigate these circumstances. Thank you Marlon for always supporting @motthallbridges ! #theLopezEffect #IMATTERbecause #TheWritetoHeal #education #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #BePrecedential - 2 days ago

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When WE support each other, WE ALL WIN 💜🔁Repost @iamsabrinaabraham #theLopezEffect
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I met Nadia @thelopezeffect at her Book Signing for #TheBrigdetoBrilliance at @bklyncombine the Summer of 2016 when I moved back to New York. I remember telling her my goal of teaching Financial Literacy to our Community and she was very supportive. So much so she invited me to Digital Day @motthallbridges and allowed me to come back to her school and teach a few Financial sessions her staff and scholars. She also took Ari and I on her school’s trip to Harvard 💖 She not only came out to my first event but she also brought a friend!!! That’s love and support 🙌🏾 Thank you so much Nadia you don’t understand how much your kindness means to me!!! This lady is a HUGE deal but she took the time out to support da kid! ME! She’s truly one of my inspirations and an AMAAAAZING Black Woman that Rocks💃🏾You’ll always have my support. 🙏🏾Support her!!! Purchase her book and check out her TED talk on Education. 
We released the things we didn’t want from 2017 as well as the good we want to see in 2018💗💗💗💗

When WE support each other, WE ALL WIN 🔁Repost @iamsabrinaabraham #theLopezEffect ・・・ I met Nadia @thelopezeffect at her Book Signing for #TheBrigdetoBrilliance at @bklyncombine the Summer of 2016 when I moved back to New York. I remember telling her my goal of teaching Financial Literacy to our Community and she was very supportive. So much so she invited me to Digital Day @motthallbridges and allowed me to come back to her school and teach a few Financial sessions her staff and scholars. She also took Ari and I on her school’s trip to Harvard She not only came out to my first event but she also brought a friend!!! That’s love and support 🏾 Thank you so much Nadia you don’t understand how much your kindness means to me!!! This lady is a HUGE deal but she took the time out to support da kid! ME! She’s truly one of my inspirations and an AMAAAAZING Black Woman that Rocks🏾You’ll always have my support. 🏾Support her!!! Purchase her book and check out her TED talk on Education. We released the things we didn’t want from 2017 as well as the good we want to see in 2018 - 3 days ago

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“Ms. Lopez, can you post my journal entry? Somebody might need it.” -Azareya @motthallbridges [swipe👈🏾👀📝] #theLopezEffect #MHBADearDiary #theWritetoHeal #journal #write

“Ms. Lopez, can you post my journal entry? Somebody might need it.” -Azareya @motthallbridges [swipe🏾] #theLopezEffect #MHBADearDiary #theWritetoHeal #journal #write - 4 days ago

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Today we OFFICIALLY launched the “I MATTER because...” writing program ✍🏾@motthallbridges for our boys. Thank you @_marlonpeterson @beprecedential for sharing your story and being transparent about your life’s circumstances [Swipe 👈🏾👀]. We started this process in 2003 and continue on the journey of transforming lives of our youth. To everyone who donated the journals, you are contributing to the healing our scholars deserve🙌🏾. I truly appreciate your generosity and loving support 💜 #theLopezEffect #IMATTERbecause #OccupySchools #BePrecedential #IMATTER #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Journal #WriteToHeal #Write #Therapy

Today we OFFICIALLY launched the “I MATTER because...” writing program ✍🏾@motthallbridges for our boys. Thank you @_marlonpeterson @beprecedential for sharing your story and being transparent about your life’s circumstances [Swipe 🏾]. We started this process in 2003 and continue on the journey of transforming lives of our youth. To everyone who donated the journals, you are contributing to the healing our scholars deserve🏾. I truly appreciate your generosity and loving support #theLopezEffect #IMATTERbecause #OccupySchools #BePrecedential #IMATTER #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Journal #WriteToHeal #Write #Therapy - 4 days ago

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A couple of months ago I said that NBA player @ekpeudoh @utahjazz had officially joined #TeamMHBA! I am excited to share that we have launched the #EkpesJrBookClub @motthallbridges 📚 Our first book is “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, a sci-fi thriller that is engaging and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Our goal is cultivate a love for reading in a meaningful way that allows for a rich discussion beyond the classroom and around the world 🌎 Most importantly our scholars get to see an athlete who is truly invested in their achievement and wants to see them succeed. 
Thank you @cbssports for the nice write up [swipe 👈🏾 👀] #theLopezEffect #ekpeudoh #Read #occupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Kindred #MHBAReads #BookClub #Education #bookstagram

A couple of months ago I said that NBA player @ekpeudoh @utahjazz had officially joined #TeamMHBA ! I am excited to share that we have launched the #EkpesJrBookClub @motthallbridges Our first book is “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, a sci-fi thriller that is engaging and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Our goal is cultivate a love for reading in a meaningful way that allows for a rich discussion beyond the classroom and around the world 🌎 Most importantly our scholars get to see an athlete who is truly invested in their achievement and wants to see them succeed. Thank you @cbssports for the nice write up [swipe 🏾 ] #theLopezEffect #ekpeudoh #Read #occupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #Kindred #MHBAReads #BookClub #Education #bookstagram - 5 days ago

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Five years ago, when Emely was in 7th grade she dealt with issues of depression and self-mutilation due to low self-esteem. After the guidance counselor, Mr. McLeod brought it to my attention, we spoken, then called mom and got her the help she needed. Through therapy, a loving school community, and parents who worked to build Emely’s confidence, she has blossomed like the rose tattooed covering the marks on her arm, into a remarkable young woman. Now a senior in HS, Emely joined me today for a InstaStory and FaceBook Live to share her experience and wisdom. We laughed, loved, and lived in this moment—just like old times [Swipe 👈🏾] 👀 the 🎥 FB Live link in bio
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The most important advice we shared:
1. Listen to young people and build relationships with them
2. Mental health is extremely important and not something you should be ashamed to seek.
3. Find your passion and the beauty in life.
4. Create safe spaces that inspire, empower, and offer unconditional love 💜

Thank you for tuning in 📺#theLopezEffect #theCall #OccupySchools #StandinyourTruth #WinningWisdomWednesday #BrownsvilleBrilliance

Five years ago, when Emely was in 7th grade she dealt with issues of depression and self-mutilation due to low self-esteem. After the guidance counselor, Mr. McLeod brought it to my attention, we spoken, then called mom and got her the help she needed. Through therapy, a loving school community, and parents who worked to build Emely’s confidence, she has blossomed like the rose tattooed covering the marks on her arm, into a remarkable young woman. Now a senior in HS, Emely joined me today for a InstaStory and FaceBook Live to share her experience and wisdom. We laughed, loved, and lived in this moment—just like old times [Swipe 🏾] the FB Live link in bio ️ The most important advice we shared: 1. Listen to young people and build relationships with them 2. Mental health is extremely important and not something you should be ashamed to seek. 3. Find your passion and the beauty in life. 4. Create safe spaces that inspire, empower, and offer unconditional love Thank you for tuning in #theLopezEffect #theCall #OccupySchools #StandinyourTruth #WinningWisdomWednesday #BrownsvilleBrilliance - 6 days ago

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DON’T MISS OUT on “The Call” live on InstaStory TODAY at 6PM. My featured guest will be Emely, a graduate of @motthallbridges who dealt with issues of self-esteem that lead to depression and self-mutilation during her middle school years. Now a senior in high school, she will share how caring educators saved her life and why children must be heard, not judged. 
#theLopezEffect #TheCall #OccupySchools #SheisMe #Education #Storyteller #InstaStory

DON’T MISS OUT on “The Call” live on InstaStory TODAY at 6PM. My featured guest will be Emely, a graduate of @motthallbridges who dealt with issues of self-esteem that lead to depression and self-mutilation during her middle school years. Now a senior in high school, she will share how caring educators saved her life and why children must be heard, not judged. #theLopezEffect #TheCall #OccupySchools #SheisMe #Education #Storyteller #InstaStory - 7 days ago

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At the age of eight, I was sexually abused for two years, not by a stranger, but a family member. When I finally told my parents I remember feeling confused, like I was the one to blame, and even ashamed. Recently during a classroom conversation one of my scholars said, “I don’t get it, if a person is abused, why can’t they just say something? That makes no sense to me”. This is what causes many victims to remain silent because of embarrassment, fear, and possibly being ostracized by others who question their experience. I can’t undo what has happened to me, which is why I recognize the impact of trauma and how it manifests itself throughout our classrooms, whether it be from adults or children. As a result:

1. @Motthallbridges behavior issues are handled on a case-by-case basis, which requires a lot of talking, interventions, and parental conferences before considering a disciplinary action. 
2. Mental health support is provided to staff members and scholars on a weekly basis, because in our community therapy is viewed as being “crazy”, instead of as an act of “healing”.
3. We are revamping our health education curriculum to include topics of sexual abuse and harassment because we must educate both MALES and FEMALES on the impact is has on the well-being of others. 
4. Parents need to let their children know that an abuser doesn’t have a specific gender, age, or race; they can be a family member, friend, or stranger. 
This morning I decided to share my story because this didn’t happen in the workplace, it took place in a scared space—my home. ◻️
There are a lot of individuals with a similar experience, but are silenced by shame, judgment, or threats. I want to let you know that being abused is not your fault, no one ever has the right to violate you, especially not your family. It’s not okay for anyone to tell the victim, “Get over it!” The process of healing isn’t pretty, I’ve dealt with plenty of setbacks, but making time to get to a place of wellness is necessary 💜 #theLopezEffect #theCall #HerStory #Survivor #MeToo

At the age of eight, I was sexually abused for two years, not by a stranger, but a family member. When I finally told my parents I remember feeling confused, like I was the one to blame, and even ashamed. Recently during a classroom conversation one of my scholars said, “I don’t get it, if a person is abused, why can’t they just say something? That makes no sense to me”. This is what causes many victims to remain silent because of embarrassment, fear, and possibly being ostracized by others who question their experience. I can’t undo what has happened to me, which is why I recognize the impact of trauma and how it manifests itself throughout our classrooms, whether it be from adults or children. As a result: 1. @Motthallbridges behavior issues are handled on a case-by-case basis, which requires a lot of talking, interventions, and parental conferences before considering a disciplinary action. 2. Mental health support is provided to staff members and scholars on a weekly basis, because in our community therapy is viewed as being “crazy”, instead of as an act of “healing”. 3. We are revamping our health education curriculum to include topics of sexual abuse and harassment because we must educate both MALES and FEMALES on the impact is has on the well-being of others. 4. Parents need to let their children know that an abuser doesn’t have a specific gender, age, or race; they can be a family member, friend, or stranger. This morning I decided to share my story because this didn’t happen in the workplace, it took place in a scared space—my home. ️ There are a lot of individuals with a similar experience, but are silenced by shame, judgment, or threats. I want to let you know that being abused is not your fault, no one ever has the right to violate you, especially not your family. It’s not okay for anyone to tell the victim, “Get over it!” The process of healing isn’t pretty, I’ve dealt with plenty of setbacks, but making time to get to a place of wellness is necessary #theLopezEffect #theCall #HerStory #Survivor #MeToo - 9 days ago

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IT’S OFFICIAL!!!! We started the #MHBADearDiary therapeutic sessions yesterday [Swipe 👈🏾] THANK YOU to everyone who contributed towards this needed initiative. Words cannot express how much it means to have people from near and far willing to help our @motthallbridges community💜 Not only have you invested in the healing of our children, but the adults, including myself. Every journal, pen, and personal note has been a beautiful gesture representing all the goodness that still exists in this world—you are the change and the hope in the darkness 💜
PS - Our boys will begin next week 💁🏾‍♂️📝 #theLopezEffect #WritetoHeal #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #HerStory #Journaling #Writing #therapy

IT’S OFFICIAL!!!! We started the #MHBADearDiary therapeutic sessions yesterday [Swipe 🏾] THANK YOU to everyone who contributed towards this needed initiative. Words cannot express how much it means to have people from near and far willing to help our @motthallbridges community Not only have you invested in the healing of our children, but the adults, including myself. Every journal, pen, and personal note has been a beautiful gesture representing all the goodness that still exists in this world—you are the change and the hope in the darkness PS - Our boys will begin next week 🏾‍♂️ #theLopezEffect #WritetoHeal #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #HerStory #Journaling #Writing #therapy - 11 days ago

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It is unfortunate that my scholar who is of Haitian descent, would ever have to feel like who she is or where is from can be disrespected. I have taught my scholars that they are exceptional and represent #BrownsvilleBrilliance despite what is said differently in the media. 
The way we combat hate and ignorance, is to educate our children on their history, culture and significance! I remind my scholars that they are the legacy of Kings and Queens that come from the continent of Africa 👸🏾🤴🏾🌍 and the Haitian Revolution was the most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere ✊🏾🇭🇹. Knowledge is power, therefore, WE must build through education, not only to remind ourselves, but teach the next generation that we are POWERFUL and a FORCE to be reckoned with!
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Shout out to my team for being leaders who continue to empower and inspire. 🇬🇭🇭🇹#theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #education #Africa #Haiti #Ghana #Empower #BlackHistory #KnowledgeisPower #TeachersMatter

It is unfortunate that my scholar who is of Haitian descent, would ever have to feel like who she is or where is from can be disrespected. I have taught my scholars that they are exceptional and represent #BrownsvilleBrilliance despite what is said differently in the media. The way we combat hate and ignorance, is to educate our children on their history, culture and significance! I remind my scholars that they are the legacy of Kings and Queens that come from the continent of Africa 🏾🤴🏾🌍 and the Haitian Revolution was the most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere 🏾🇭🇹. Knowledge is power, therefore, WE must build through education, not only to remind ourselves, but teach the next generation that we are POWERFUL and a FORCE to be reckoned with! ️ Shout out to my team for being leaders who continue to empower and inspire. 🇬🇭🇭🇹#theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #education #Africa #Haiti #Ghana #Empower #BlackHistory #KnowledgeisPower #TeachersMatter - 11 days ago

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Your gifts, passion, and conviction will place you in a class of your own. So don’t compromise who you are to fit in, get in, or settle for the things that can diminish your value💜 #theLopezEffect #Leadership #theCall #HerStory #Author #Speaker #Education #Inspire #WOTD

Your gifts, passion, and conviction will place you in a class of your own. So don’t compromise who you are to fit in, get in, or settle for the things that can diminish your value #theLopezEffect #Leadership #theCall #HerStory #Author #Speaker #Education #Inspire #WOTD - 12 days ago

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Sometimes you just need a word to get you through the day...grateful for this morning reminder 💜 #theLopezEffect #Faith #Inspiration #WOTD

Sometimes you just need a word to get you through the day...grateful for this morning reminder #theLopezEffect #Faith #Inspiration #WOTD - 13 days ago

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Long day...after 10pm, still here grinding, planning, learning because I opened a school to close a prison [Swipe 👈🏾] 💜💁🏾‍♀️ See my InstaStory Live 👀👆🏾#theLopezEffect #Leadership #BrownsvilleBrilliance #OccupySchools #Vision #education #HerStory #SchoolsNotPrison

Long day...after 10pm, still here grinding, planning, learning because I opened a school to close a prison [Swipe 🏾] 🏾‍♀️ See my InstaStory Live 🏾#theLopezEffect #Leadership #BrownsvilleBrilliance #OccupySchools #Vision #education #HerStory #SchoolsNotPrison - 13 days ago

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We LEAD with #MHBASwag 💜 #TheLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BeGreat #Education

We LEAD with #MHBASwag #TheLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BeGreat #Education - 15 days ago

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Note to Self 📝 #theLopezEffect #wordsofwisdom

Note to Self #theLopezEffect #wordsofwisdom - 16 days ago

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On Saturdays, instead of resting, we are planning, plotting, and executing! For the past 10 years, Sam has been taking young people on a “Brooklyn to Alaska” excursion where they learn team building, develop personal growth and get to enjoy the great outdoors. The young men from our BK Combine/I MATTER mentoring program have participated the past two years and it has changed their lives!!! [Swipe 👈🏾] Access is priceless and we are here to make it happen ✊🏾 #theLopezEffect #BklynCombine #BrooklyntoAlaska #Family #Community #IMATTER

On Saturdays, instead of resting, we are planning, plotting, and executing! For the past 10 years, Sam has been taking young people on a “Brooklyn to Alaska” excursion where they learn team building, develop personal growth and get to enjoy the great outdoors. The young men from our BK Combine/I MATTER mentoring program have participated the past two years and it has changed their lives!!! [Swipe 🏾] Access is priceless and we are here to make it happen 🏾 #theLopezEffect #BklynCombine #BrooklyntoAlaska #Family #Community #IMATTER - 17 days ago

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✊🏿✊🏿💪🏿🙏🏿 #afrolatinofestnyc #womenofthediaspora #seguimospalante #hayquetrabajar #negrxconorgullo 
#Repost @thelopezeffect
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While celebrating @lala at the Latina Magazine Party, @amaralanegraaln and I had a chance to talk about the lack of representation of Afro-Latinas in the media, participating in the 2017 @afrolatinofestivalnyc, and the importance of supporting one another. To be honest, when I was younger, having the last name Lopez was like putting an ❌ on my back. Without fail I would be told, “But you don’t look Spanish” 🙄 Immediately after came the question of whether or not I was from Puerto Rico or Panama, as if those were the only places on earth my family could come from. The most offensive thing people would do, was to point at objects and ask me to say them in Spanish as if it were time for ‘Show and Tell’😒. Even when I was in the hospital with a life threatening blood clot in 2016, the attending physician stopped in the midst of treating me to ask about my name and my family origin 😞. I use to be bothered explaining my ethnicity, but realize that there is so much that people must learn about the African Diaspora 🌍and its beautiful complexities that are embedded in a rich culture I am proud to represent. Our various shades, sizes, and ethnicity make us unique, which is why we are not monolithic or invisible! To every boy, girl, and adult who knows this story all to well, don’t ever think you have to minimize who you are or where you are from to fit into anyone’s box ✊🏾! Love what God has created and celebrate your culture! Thank you @latina @robynnmoreno @taiiasmartyoung for the feature, @janelm @aintilatina I love you for the support and recognizing me back in 2015, and @afrolatinofestivalnyc I appreciate you for creating a space for us to be heard and seen! [Swipe 👈🏾] Let’s continue to shine a light on our contributions, accomplishments and community—UNAPOLOGETICALLY! 💜

#theLopezEffect 🇬🇹🇭🇳 #AfroLatina #Guatemala #Honduras #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock #MiGente #SiSePuede #Palante

🏿🏿🏿🏿 #afrolatinofestnyc #womenofthediaspora #seguimospalante #hayquetrabajar #negrxconorgullo #Repost @thelopezeffect ・・・ While celebrating @lala at the Latina Magazine Party, @amaralanegraaln and I had a chance to talk about the lack of representation of Afro-Latinas in the media, participating in the 2017 @afrolatinofestivalnyc , and the importance of supporting one another. To be honest, when I was younger, having the last name Lopez was like putting an on my back. Without fail I would be told, “But you don’t look Spanish” 🙄 Immediately after came the question of whether or not I was from Puerto Rico or Panama, as if those were the only places on earth my family could come from. The most offensive thing people would do, was to point at objects and ask me to say them in Spanish as if it were time for ‘Show and Tell’. Even when I was in the hospital with a life threatening blood clot in 2016, the attending physician stopped in the midst of treating me to ask about my name and my family origin . I use to be bothered explaining my ethnicity, but realize that there is so much that people must learn about the African Diaspora 🌍and its beautiful complexities that are embedded in a rich culture I am proud to represent. Our various shades, sizes, and ethnicity make us unique, which is why we are not monolithic or invisible! To every boy, girl, and adult who knows this story all to well, don’t ever think you have to minimize who you are or where you are from to fit into anyone’s box 🏾! Love what God has created and celebrate your culture! Thank you @latina @robynnmoreno @taiiasmartyoung for the feature, @janelm @aintilatina I love you for the support and recognizing me back in 2015, and @afrolatinofestivalnyc I appreciate you for creating a space for us to be heard and seen! [Swipe 🏾] Let’s continue to shine a light on our contributions, accomplishments and community—UNAPOLOGETICALLY! #theLopezEffect 🇬🇹🇭🇳 #AfroLatina #Guatemala #Honduras #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock #MiGente #SiSePuede #Palante - 20 days ago

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While celebrating @lala at the Latina Magazine Party, @amaralanegraaln and I had a chance to talk about the lack of representation of Afro-Latinas in the media, participating in the 2017 @afrolatinofestivalnyc, and the importance of supporting one another. To be honest, when I was younger, having the last name Lopez was like putting an ❌ on my back. Without fail I would be told, “But you don’t look Spanish” 🙄 Immediately after came the question of whether or not I was from Puerto Rico or Panama, as if those were the only places on earth my family could come from. The most offensive thing people would do, was to point at objects and ask me to say them in Spanish as if it were time for ‘Show and Tell’😒. Even when I was in the hospital with a life threatening blood clot in 2016, the attending physician stopped in the midst of treating me to ask about my name and my family origin 😞. I use to be bothered explaining my ethnicity, but realize that there is so much that people must learn about the African Diaspora 🌍and its beautiful complexities that are embedded in a rich culture I am proud to represent. Our various shades, sizes, and ethnicity make us unique, which is why we are not monolithic or invisible! To every boy, girl, and adult who knows this story all to well, don’t ever think you have to minimize who you are or where you are from to fit into anyone’s box ✊🏾! Love what God has created and celebrate your culture! Thank you @latina @robynnmoreno @taiiasmartyoung for the feature, @janelm @aintilatina I love you for the support and recognizing me back in 2015, and @afrolatinofestivalnyc I appreciate you for creating a space for us to be heard and seen! [Swipe 👈🏾] Let’s continue to shine a light on our contributions, accomplishments and community—UNAPOLOGETICALLY! 💜

#theLopezEffect 🇬🇹🇭🇳 #AfroLatina #Guatemala #Honduras #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock #MiGente #SiSePuede #Palante #sehablaespañol

While celebrating @lala at the Latina Magazine Party, @amaralanegraaln and I had a chance to talk about the lack of representation of Afro-Latinas in the media, participating in the 2017 @afrolatinofestivalnyc , and the importance of supporting one another. To be honest, when I was younger, having the last name Lopez was like putting an on my back. Without fail I would be told, “But you don’t look Spanish” 🙄 Immediately after came the question of whether or not I was from Puerto Rico or Panama, as if those were the only places on earth my family could come from. The most offensive thing people would do, was to point at objects and ask me to say them in Spanish as if it were time for ‘Show and Tell’. Even when I was in the hospital with a life threatening blood clot in 2016, the attending physician stopped in the midst of treating me to ask about my name and my family origin . I use to be bothered explaining my ethnicity, but realize that there is so much that people must learn about the African Diaspora 🌍and its beautiful complexities that are embedded in a rich culture I am proud to represent. Our various shades, sizes, and ethnicity make us unique, which is why we are not monolithic or invisible! To every boy, girl, and adult who knows this story all to well, don’t ever think you have to minimize who you are or where you are from to fit into anyone’s box 🏾! Love what God has created and celebrate your culture! Thank you @latina @robynnmoreno @taiiasmartyoung for the feature, @janelm @aintilatina I love you for the support and recognizing me back in 2015, and @afrolatinofestivalnyc I appreciate you for creating a space for us to be heard and seen! [Swipe 🏾] Let’s continue to shine a light on our contributions, accomplishments and community—UNAPOLOGETICALLY! #theLopezEffect 🇬🇹🇭🇳 #AfroLatina #Guatemala #Honduras #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock #MiGente #SiSePuede #Palante #sehablaespañol - 20 days ago

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Note to Self 📝 #theLopezEffect #Wisdom #TheCall #QOTD

Note to Self #theLopezEffect #Wisdom #TheCall #QOTD - 21 days ago

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#Repost @thelopezeffect (@get_repost)
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In 2013, I created a vision board under the coaching of @kadencellc that focused specifically on revolutionizing education through my work. ▫️
Since then I have been:
• Featured on Humans of New York
• Featured on Ellen DeGeneres Show
• Met with President Obama
• TED speaker with 1 M views
• Author of a best-selling book “The Bridge to Brilliance”
• Raised $1.4 M for scholarships and college trips
• Received a Black Girls Rock! Award
• Received the Barnard College Medal of Distinction
• Received a Doctorate from Wagner College
• Selected as Top 50 for the Global Teacher Prize
• Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SUCCESS Magazine, Ebony, Essence, Glamour, Latina Magazine, The ATLANTIC • As seen on NBC News, PBS, MSNBC Originals, PopSugar, LittleThings
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These are only a few of my accomplishments thus far! I believe in the power of putting things down and making them plain for your vision to manifest. 
As I prepare for 2018, I want to encourage you not to hold back or limit your dreams. Everything takes time, but if you believe in yourself and remain focused—all good things will come! 
PS check out my blog post on www.theLopezEffect.com, link in bio👆🏾🔗 #theLopezEffect #TBT #TheCall #Legacy #Vision #VisionBoard

#Repost @thelopezeffect (@get_repost ) ・・・ In 2013, I created a vision board under the coaching of @kadencellc that focused specifically on revolutionizing education through my work. ️ Since then I have been: • Featured on Humans of New York • Featured on Ellen DeGeneres Show • Met with President Obama • TED speaker with 1 M views • Author of a best-selling book “The Bridge to Brilliance” • Raised $1.4 M for scholarships and college trips • Received a Black Girls Rock! Award • Received the Barnard College Medal of Distinction • Received a Doctorate from Wagner College • Selected as Top 50 for the Global Teacher Prize • Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SUCCESS Magazine, Ebony, Essence, Glamour, Latina Magazine, The ATLANTIC • As seen on NBC News, PBS, MSNBC Originals, PopSugar, LittleThings ️ These are only a few of my accomplishments thus far! I believe in the power of putting things down and making them plain for your vision to manifest. As I prepare for 2018, I want to encourage you not to hold back or limit your dreams. Everything takes time, but if you believe in yourself and remain focused—all good things will come! PS check out my blog post on www.theLopezEffect.com, link in bio🏾 #theLopezEffect #TBT #TheCall #Legacy #Vision #VisionBoard - 22 days ago

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As we end Kwanzaa on the first day of the New Year and I prepare for the official return back to @motthallbridges, I reflect on the faith sustains me in my leadership and having the opportunity to lead the next generation through education. Our scholars need to know that they are brilliant, dynamic, and come from a lineage of greatness. If we don’t teach them their history, honor their culture, or show them their full potential they will be destined for failure. ◻️
In 2018:
•volunteer your time in a school
•donate to organization that are is really doing the work to empower children and communities in need
•highlight positive stories
•become a disruptor for change!
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Teach our children them that they are 
POWERFUL 💚 
Teach our children them that they are part of a COMMUNITY
🖤 
Teach our children to celebrate their CULTURE ❤️
#theLopezEffect #Kwanzaa #Imani  #BetheChange #mentor #Volunteer

As we end Kwanzaa on the first day of the New Year and I prepare for the official return back to @motthallbridges , I reflect on the faith sustains me in my leadership and having the opportunity to lead the next generation through education. Our scholars need to know that they are brilliant, dynamic, and come from a lineage of greatness. If we don’t teach them their history, honor their culture, or show them their full potential they will be destined for failure. ️ In 2018: •volunteer your time in a school •donate to organization that are is really doing the work to empower children and communities in need •highlight positive stories •become a disruptor for change! ️ Teach our children them that they are POWERFUL Teach our children them that they are part of a COMMUNITY 🖤 Teach our children to celebrate their CULTURE #theLopezEffect #Kwanzaa #Imani #BetheChange #mentor #Volunteer - 22 days ago

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#Repost @thelopezeffect (@get_repost)
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In 2015, this post went viral when I was at one of the lowest points in my professional career. Those who know me can tell you I am unapologetic when it comes to children and won’t allow the circumstances of poverty to ever limit their potential. But our education system operates based on policies that are oppressive and lack transparency of the limitations imposed by scarce resources, minimal leadership and teacher support, non-progressive thinking by adults who are comfortable with mediocrity, and standardized testing. I’ve functioned for years with only 2% parental involvement, more than a 30% special education population, 85% of incoming 6th graders who read below a 3rd grade level and children dealing with post-traumatic stress related to violence, death and poverty. Despite these factors, I BELIEVE in my scholars and challenge those with low expectations who are unable to see their brilliance! ▫️
I opened @motthallbridges to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, because I understand that the system is designed to destroy, not empower, especially those who are less privileged. The work continues to be difficult, but the fight continues often at the expense of my health (I know, I know self-care is important). As a disruptor and social innovator, I am living in my divine purpose, remaining relentless in the pursuit to revolutionize education for ALL children, because this a global issue that requires a collective movement. Thank you to EVERY educator in the trenches giving 1000%—you are not alone! Special thanks to everyone who has been a supporter through this journey, especially @humansofny 🙌🏾
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As far as Vidal, I shared some of the challenges he faced after HONY in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ [Link in bio]. Fame didn’t change life in Brownsville or the intentions of others with personal agendas, but thankfully he is now in his third year of HS! 💜 #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #TeachersMatter

#Repost @thelopezeffect (@get_repost ) ・・・ In 2015, this post went viral when I was at one of the lowest points in my professional career. Those who know me can tell you I am unapologetic when it comes to children and won’t allow the circumstances of poverty to ever limit their potential. But our education system operates based on policies that are oppressive and lack transparency of the limitations imposed by scarce resources, minimal leadership and teacher support, non-progressive thinking by adults who are comfortable with mediocrity, and standardized testing. I’ve functioned for years with only 2% parental involvement, more than a 30% special education population, 85% of incoming 6th graders who read below a 3rd grade level and children dealing with post-traumatic stress related to violence, death and poverty. Despite these factors, I BELIEVE in my scholars and challenge those with low expectations who are unable to see their brilliance! ️ I opened @motthallbridges to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, because I understand that the system is designed to destroy, not empower, especially those who are less privileged. The work continues to be difficult, but the fight continues often at the expense of my health (I know, I know self-care is important). As a disruptor and social innovator, I am living in my divine purpose, remaining relentless in the pursuit to revolutionize education for ALL children, because this a global issue that requires a collective movement. Thank you to EVERY educator in the trenches giving 1000%—you are not alone! Special thanks to everyone who has been a supporter through this journey, especially @humansofny 🏾 ️ As far as Vidal, I shared some of the challenges he faced after HONY in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ [Link in bio]. Fame didn’t change life in Brownsville or the intentions of others with personal agendas, but thankfully he is now in his third year of HS! #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #TeachersMatter - 24 days ago

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SOLEcial Studies salutes Principal Nadia Lopez..repost via @thelopezeffect In 2015, this post went viral when I was at one of the lowest points in my professional career. Those who know me can tell you I am unapologetic when it comes to children and won’t allow the circumstances of poverty to ever limit their potential. But our education system operates based on policies that are oppressive and lack transparency of the limitations imposed by scarce resources, minimal leadership and teacher support, non-progressive thinking by adults who are comfortable with mediocrity, and standardized testing. I’ve functioned for years with only 2% parental involvement, more than a 30% special education population, 85% of incoming 6th graders who read below a 3rd grade level and children dealing with post-traumatic stress related to violence, death and poverty. Despite these factors, I BELIEVE in my scholars and challenge those with low expectations who are unable to see their brilliance! ▫️
I opened @motthallbridges to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, because I understand that the system is designed to destroy, not empower, especially those who are less privileged. The work continues to be difficult, but the fight continues often at the expense of my health (I know, I know self-care is important). As a disruptor and social innovator, I am living in my divine purpose, remaining relentless in the pursuit to revolutionize education for ALL children, because this a global issue that requires a collective movement. Thank you to EVERY educator in the trenches giving 1000%—you are not alone! Special thanks to everyone who has been a supporter through this journey, especially @humansofny 🙌🏾
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As far as Vidal, I shared some of the challenges he faced after HONY in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ [Link in bio]. Fame didn’t change life in Brownsville or the intentions of others with personal agendas, but thankfully he is now in his third year of HS! 💜 #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #TeachersMatter

SOLEcial Studies salutes Principal Nadia Lopez..repost via @thelopezeffect In 2015, this post went viral when I was at one of the lowest points in my professional career. Those who know me can tell you I am unapologetic when it comes to children and won’t allow the circumstances of poverty to ever limit their potential. But our education system operates based on policies that are oppressive and lack transparency of the limitations imposed by scarce resources, minimal leadership and teacher support, non-progressive thinking by adults who are comfortable with mediocrity, and standardized testing. I’ve functioned for years with only 2% parental involvement, more than a 30% special education population, 85% of incoming 6th graders who read below a 3rd grade level and children dealing with post-traumatic stress related to violence, death and poverty. Despite these factors, I BELIEVE in my scholars and challenge those with low expectations who are unable to see their brilliance! ️ I opened @motthallbridges to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, because I understand that the system is designed to destroy, not empower, especially those who are less privileged. The work continues to be difficult, but the fight continues often at the expense of my health (I know, I know self-care is important). As a disruptor and social innovator, I am living in my divine purpose, remaining relentless in the pursuit to revolutionize education for ALL children, because this a global issue that requires a collective movement. Thank you to EVERY educator in the trenches giving 1000%—you are not alone! Special thanks to everyone who has been a supporter through this journey, especially @humansofny 🏾 ️ As far as Vidal, I shared some of the challenges he faced after HONY in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ [Link in bio]. Fame didn’t change life in Brownsville or the intentions of others with personal agendas, but thankfully he is now in his third year of HS! #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #TeachersMatter - 24 days ago

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THIS is why Principal Nadia Lopez is one of the most important people..not just in Brooklyn..BUT  in the entire USA. repost from @thelopezeffect In 2015, this post went viral when I was at one of the lowest points in my professional career. Those who know me can tell you I am unapologetic when it comes to children and won’t allow the circumstances of poverty to ever limit their potential. But our education system operates based on policies that are oppressive and lack transparency of the limitations imposed by scarce resources, minimal leadership and teacher support, non-progressive thinking by adults who are comfortable with mediocrity, and standardized testing. I’ve functioned for years with only 2% parental involvement, more than a 30% special education population, 85% of incoming 6th graders who read below a 3rd grade level and children dealing with post-traumatic stress related to violence, death and poverty. Despite these factors, I BELIEVE in my scholars and challenge those with low expectations who are unable to see their brilliance! ▫️
I opened @motthallbridges to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, because I understand that the system is designed to destroy, not empower, especially those who are less privileged. The work continues to be difficult, but the fight continues often at the expense of my health (I know, I know self-care is important). As a disruptor and social innovator, I am living in my divine purpose, remaining relentless in the pursuit to revolutionize education for ALL children, because this a global issue that requires a collective movement. Thank you to EVERY educator in the trenches giving 1000%—you are not alone! Special thanks to everyone who has been a supporter through this journey, especially @humansofny 🙌🏾
▫️
As far as Vidal, I shared some of the challenges he faced after HONY in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ [Link in bio]. Fame didn’t change life in Brownsville or the intentions of others with personal agendas, but thankfully he is now in his third year of HS! 💜 #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #TeachersMatter

THIS is why Principal Nadia Lopez is one of the most important people..not just in Brooklyn..BUT in the entire USA. repost from @thelopezeffect In 2015, this post went viral when I was at one of the lowest points in my professional career. Those who know me can tell you I am unapologetic when it comes to children and won’t allow the circumstances of poverty to ever limit their potential. But our education system operates based on policies that are oppressive and lack transparency of the limitations imposed by scarce resources, minimal leadership and teacher support, non-progressive thinking by adults who are comfortable with mediocrity, and standardized testing. I’ve functioned for years with only 2% parental involvement, more than a 30% special education population, 85% of incoming 6th graders who read below a 3rd grade level and children dealing with post-traumatic stress related to violence, death and poverty. Despite these factors, I BELIEVE in my scholars and challenge those with low expectations who are unable to see their brilliance! ️ I opened @motthallbridges to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, because I understand that the system is designed to destroy, not empower, especially those who are less privileged. The work continues to be difficult, but the fight continues often at the expense of my health (I know, I know self-care is important). As a disruptor and social innovator, I am living in my divine purpose, remaining relentless in the pursuit to revolutionize education for ALL children, because this a global issue that requires a collective movement. Thank you to EVERY educator in the trenches giving 1000%—you are not alone! Special thanks to everyone who has been a supporter through this journey, especially @humansofny 🏾 ️ As far as Vidal, I shared some of the challenges he faced after HONY in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ [Link in bio]. Fame didn’t change life in Brownsville or the intentions of others with personal agendas, but thankfully he is now in his third year of HS! #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #TeachersMatter - 24 days ago

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In 2015, this post went viral when I was at one of the lowest points in my professional career. Those who know me can tell you I am unapologetic when it comes to children and won’t allow the circumstances of poverty to ever limit their potential. But our education system operates based on policies that are oppressive and lack transparency of the limitations imposed by scarce resources, minimal leadership and teacher support, non-progressive thinking by adults who are comfortable with mediocrity, and standardized testing. I’ve functioned for years with only 2% parental involvement, more than a 30% special education population, 85% of incoming 6th graders who read below a 3rd grade level and children dealing with post-traumatic stress related to violence, death and poverty. Despite these factors, I BELIEVE in my scholars and challenge those with low expectations who are unable to see their brilliance! ▫️
I opened @motthallbridges to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, because I understand that the system is designed to destroy, not empower, especially those who are less privileged. The work continues to be difficult, but the fight continues often at the expense of my health (I know, I know self-care is important). As a disruptor and social innovator, I am living in my divine purpose, remaining relentless in the pursuit to revolutionize education for ALL children, because this a global issue that requires a collective movement. Thank you to EVERY educator in the trenches giving 1000%—you are not alone! Special thanks to everyone who has been a supporter through this journey, especially @humansofny 🙌🏾
▫️
As far as Vidal, I shared some of the challenges he faced after HONY in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ [Link in bio]. Fame didn’t change life in Brownsville or the intentions of others with personal agendas, but thankfully he is now in his third year of HS! 💜 #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #TeachersMatter

In 2015, this post went viral when I was at one of the lowest points in my professional career. Those who know me can tell you I am unapologetic when it comes to children and won’t allow the circumstances of poverty to ever limit their potential. But our education system operates based on policies that are oppressive and lack transparency of the limitations imposed by scarce resources, minimal leadership and teacher support, non-progressive thinking by adults who are comfortable with mediocrity, and standardized testing. I’ve functioned for years with only 2% parental involvement, more than a 30% special education population, 85% of incoming 6th graders who read below a 3rd grade level and children dealing with post-traumatic stress related to violence, death and poverty. Despite these factors, I BELIEVE in my scholars and challenge those with low expectations who are unable to see their brilliance! ️ I opened @motthallbridges to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, because I understand that the system is designed to destroy, not empower, especially those who are less privileged. The work continues to be difficult, but the fight continues often at the expense of my health (I know, I know self-care is important). As a disruptor and social innovator, I am living in my divine purpose, remaining relentless in the pursuit to revolutionize education for ALL children, because this a global issue that requires a collective movement. Thank you to EVERY educator in the trenches giving 1000%—you are not alone! Special thanks to everyone who has been a supporter through this journey, especially @humansofny 🏾 ️ As far as Vidal, I shared some of the challenges he faced after HONY in my book ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’ [Link in bio]. Fame didn’t change life in Brownsville or the intentions of others with personal agendas, but thankfully he is now in his third year of HS! #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #BrownsvilleBrilliance #TeachersMatter - 25 days ago

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Back on the ELLEN SHOW AGAIN🤩!!!! Well sorta-kinda. This is Wyatt Oroke, a Baltimore teacher, who reached out to me over a year ago to share that he had planned on leaving the teaching profession until he read my book, ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’. He not only realized his true calling, but also decided to work at another school, which led him to be featured @theellenshow. A year later, I am grateful that he was inspired and reminded me that touching one life, can impact so many more [Swipe 👈🏾] I share this story because there are so many educators who struggle with being encouraged in a profession that is stressful and can be overwhelming. I SALUTE all of you who teach or lead without being recognized in the work that you have been called to do for children. ▫️
Vacations or gaining tenure is not the ultimate reward, it is the process of transforming lives—PERIOD. Thank you for showing up and knowing that you are never alone in doing God’s work. 😇
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Be inspired by getting a copy of my book 🔗in bio 👆🏾https https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1101980265/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1472555255&sr=8-1
#theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #Education #thebridgetobrilliance #writer #Author

Back on the ELLEN SHOW AGAIN🤩!!!! Well sorta-kinda. This is Wyatt Oroke, a Baltimore teacher, who reached out to me over a year ago to share that he had planned on leaving the teaching profession until he read my book, ‘The Bridge to Brilliance’. He not only realized his true calling, but also decided to work at another school, which led him to be featured @theellenshow. A year later, I am grateful that he was inspired and reminded me that touching one life, can impact so many more [Swipe 🏾] I share this story because there are so many educators who struggle with being encouraged in a profession that is stressful and can be overwhelming. I SALUTE all of you who teach or lead without being recognized in the work that you have been called to do for children. ️ Vacations or gaining tenure is not the ultimate reward, it is the process of transforming lives—PERIOD. Thank you for showing up and knowing that you are never alone in doing God’s work. 😇 ️ Be inspired by getting a copy of my book in bio 🏾https https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1101980265/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1472555255&sr=8-1 #theLopezEffect #OccupySchools #Education #thebridgetobrilliance #writer #Author - 25 days ago

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Note to Self 📝#theLopezEffect #Mindset #Wisdom

Note to Self #theLopezEffect #Mindset #Wisdom - 26 days ago

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In 2013, I created a vision board under the coaching of @kadencellc that focused specifically on revolutionizing education through my work. ▫️
Since then I have been:
• Featured on Humans of New York
• Featured on Ellen DeGeneres Show
• Met with President Obama
• TED speaker with 1 M views
• Author of a best-selling book “The Bridge to Brilliance”
• Raised $1.4 M for scholarships and college trips
• Received a Black Girls Rock! Award
• Received the Barnard College Medal of Distinction
• Received a Doctorate from Wagner College
• Selected as Top 50 for the Global Teacher Prize
• Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SUCCESS Magazine, Ebony, Essence, Glamour, Latina Magazine, The ATLANTIC, The Root, The Grio, Best Self Magazine • As seen on NBC News, PBS, MSNBC Originals, PopSugar, LittleThings, Good Morning America,Huffington Post • Did I mention I’ve traveled and spoken around the world?
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These are only a few of my accomplishments thus far! I believe in the power of putting things down and making them plain for your vision to manifest. 
As I prepare for 2018, I want to encourage you not to hold back or limit your dreams. Everything takes time, but if you believe in yourself and remain focused—all good things will come! 
PS check out my blog post on www.theLopezEffect.com, link in bio👆🏾🔗 #theLopezEffect #TBT #TheCall #Legacy #Vision #VisionBoard #Education #Leadership #BlackGirlsRock #AfroLatina #Visionary

In 2013, I created a vision board under the coaching of @kadencellc that focused specifically on revolutionizing education through my work. ️ Since then I have been: • Featured on Humans of New York • Featured on Ellen DeGeneres Show • Met with President Obama • TED speaker with 1 M views • Author of a best-selling book “The Bridge to Brilliance” • Raised $1.4 M for scholarships and college trips • Received a Black Girls Rock! Award • Received the Barnard College Medal of Distinction • Received a Doctorate from Wagner College • Selected as Top 50 for the Global Teacher Prize • Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SUCCESS Magazine, Ebony, Essence, Glamour, Latina Magazine, The ATLANTIC, The Root, The Grio, Best Self Magazine • As seen on NBC News, PBS, MSNBC Originals, PopSugar, LittleThings, Good Morning America,Huffington Post • Did I mention I’ve traveled and spoken around the world? ️ These are only a few of my accomplishments thus far! I believe in the power of putting things down and making them plain for your vision to manifest. As I prepare for 2018, I want to encourage you not to hold back or limit your dreams. Everything takes time, but if you believe in yourself and remain focused—all good things will come! PS check out my blog post on www.theLopezEffect.com, link in bio🏾 #theLopezEffect #TBT #TheCall #Legacy #Vision #VisionBoard #Education #Leadership #BlackGirlsRock #AfroLatina #Visionary - 26 days ago

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Ujima - Collective Work and Responsibility 💚🖤❤️
We build as a collective to become better for ourselves and our community #theLopezEffect #BklynCombine #Squad #Kwanzaa #Ujima #TBT

Ujima - Collective Work and Responsibility 🖤️ We build as a collective to become better for ourselves and our community #theLopezEffect #BklynCombine #Squad #Kwanzaa #Ujima #TBT - 27 days ago

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My #wcw is Nadia Lopez. She's "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."
I channel her energy whenever I'm at a conference or workshop and folks start talking about not being able to relate to or reach some of the kids their working with. 
#nadialopez
#thelopezeffect
#thebridgetoexcellence
#wcw
#restored
#theyearofthechild
#curious
#archetypalunderstanding
#innatewisdom
#transformed

My #wcw is Nadia Lopez. She's "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." I channel her energy whenever I'm at a conference or workshop and folks start talking about not being able to relate to or reach some of the kids their working with. #nadialopez #thelopezeffect #thebridgetoexcellence #wcw #restored #theyearofthechild #curious #archetypalunderstanding #innatewisdom #transformed - 27 days ago

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When my graduate shares his good news,  I can’t help but to be proud 🙂👨🏾‍🎓💜 #theLopezEffect #BrownsvilleBrilliance #OccupySchools #Legacy #SchoolsNotPrisons 
#OpenedASchoolToCloseAPrison

When my graduate shares his good news, I can’t help but to be proud 🙂🏾‍ #theLopezEffect #BrownsvilleBrilliance #OccupySchools #Legacy #SchoolsNotPrisons #OpenedASchoolToCloseAPrison - 28 days ago

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During this holiday season of giving, I want to thank you for supporting the @motthallbridges school community. The outpouring of generosity that came from so many people after I posted one of my scholar’s letter to her dad was so touching that I was at a lost for words. On behalf of my scholars, their families, and MHBA Team, I send you love and gratitude for giving to those in need during this time. Wishing you a beautiful holiday, remember as we head into 2018 the smallest gesture of kindness can have the greatest impact that can change the world [Swipe 👈🏾] 💜 #theLopezEffect #HappyHolidays #MHBAHolidays #MerryChristmas #Gratitude

During this holiday season of giving, I want to thank you for supporting the @motthallbridges school community. The outpouring of generosity that came from so many people after I posted one of my scholar’s letter to her dad was so touching that I was at a lost for words. On behalf of my scholars, their families, and MHBA Team, I send you love and gratitude for giving to those in need during this time. Wishing you a beautiful holiday, remember as we head into 2018 the smallest gesture of kindness can have the greatest impact that can change the world [Swipe 🏾] #theLopezEffect #HappyHolidays #MHBAHolidays #MerryChristmas #Gratitude - 28 days ago

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Take 1 🎬: “Thank you Jesus...iPhone!!!” -Mama Lo 👵🏾📱🤣 @apple @vzw 
#theLopezEffect #MerryChristmas #Hilarious #iPhone #Apple #TheMamaLoShow #Shenanigans #HappyHolidays #blackgirlmagic

Take 1 : “Thank you Jesus...iPhone!!!” -Mama Lo 🏾🤣 @apple @vzw #theLopezEffect #MerryChristmas #Hilarious #iPhone #Apple #TheMamaLoShow #Shenanigans #HappyHolidays #blackgirlmagic - 30 days ago

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After driving 13 hours, I made it to the 🍑 state for Christmas 🎄!!!! Only to see @geovanti, one of my best friend’s who moved to Atlanta and hasn’t looked back. Words can never express the love I have for him. We opened new schools, one after the other, to change the game. He was one of the few people to truly understand what it’s like to feel alone in leadership and exhausted from fighting an oppressive system. Today he gave me the best Christmas gift in the form of advice, “choose happiness”. Swipe 👈🏾to see us nearly a decade ago, ready to take over the world through education 💜 #theLopezEffect #GiftofGiving #ThisChristmas #Friendship

After driving 13 hours, I made it to the state for Christmas !!!! Only to see @geovanti , one of my best friend’s who moved to Atlanta and hasn’t looked back. Words can never express the love I have for him. We opened new schools, one after the other, to change the game. He was one of the few people to truly understand what it’s like to feel alone in leadership and exhausted from fighting an oppressive system. Today he gave me the best Christmas gift in the form of advice, “choose happiness”. Swipe 🏾to see us nearly a decade ago, ready to take over the world through education #theLopezEffect #GiftofGiving #ThisChristmas #Friendship - 1 month ago

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Hope you are making plans to spend this holiday weekend with family and friends. Remember that life is precious, so spend quality time with those you love and enjoy each moment. 
Thank you to everyone who braved the snow last week to show love and celebrate our community  @bklyncombine @kavibrooklyn @chicbusymoms @youngblackbrooklyn @meridianlights @hycide 💜 #theLopezEffect #Community #love

Hope you are making plans to spend this holiday weekend with family and friends. Remember that life is precious, so spend quality time with those you love and enjoy each moment. Thank you to everyone who braved the snow last week to show love and celebrate our community @bklyncombine @kavibrooklyn @chicbusymoms @youngblackbrooklyn @meridianlights @hycide #theLopezEffect #Community #love - 1 month ago

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#Mood: it’s the last day of school before the holiday and I am stepping though like the @racsteppers:  FLY, FIERCE, and FEARLESS!(who by the way won 1st Place at the ‘Step Up or Step Aside’ competition @motthallbridges on Saturday 🏆) #theLopezEffect #BlackGirlsMagic #BlackGirlsJoy #BlackGirlRock #Step #HappyHolidays #OccupySchools #FBF

#Mood : it’s the last day of school before the holiday and I am stepping though like the @racsteppers : FLY, FIERCE, and FEARLESS!(who by the way won 1st Place at the ‘Step Up or Step Aside’ competition @motthallbridges on Saturday ) #theLopezEffect #BlackGirlsMagic #BlackGirlsJoy #BlackGirlRock #Step #HappyHolidays #OccupySchools #FBF - 1 month ago

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Congratulations to Ms. Nicole Jackson, recipient of the 2017 Holiday LIFTT (Little Inspirations for Trying Times) Gift! Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry and shared a phenomenal story. Continue to be encouraged and inspired —HAPPY HOLIDAYS 💜 #theLopezEffect #LIFTTGift #HappyHolidays #GiftinGiving

Congratulations to Ms. Nicole Jackson, recipient of the 2017 Holiday LIFTT (Little Inspirations for Trying Times) Gift! Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry and shared a phenomenal story. Continue to be encouraged and inspired —HAPPY HOLIDAYS #theLopezEffect #LIFTTGift #HappyHolidays #GiftinGiving - 1 month ago

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I’m all cried out 😢Mrs. Stephens was the gatekeeper of the block, who was loved and respected by everyone. She protected us when were kids and did the same for our children. Today, I said goodbye to an angel who loved us all unconditionally and took care of our community without fail. 
Dealing with grief all day has been emotionally draining and I am trying to remain strong. But it’s been hard, especially during this holiday season. So to those faced with loss, past or present, you are not alone. I pray for your strength and peace of mind during these trying times 🙏🏾#theLopezEffect #RIP

I’m all cried out Mrs. Stephens was the gatekeeper of the block, who was loved and respected by everyone. She protected us when were kids and did the same for our children. Today, I said goodbye to an angel who loved us all unconditionally and took care of our community without fail. Dealing with grief all day has been emotionally draining and I am trying to remain strong. But it’s been hard, especially during this holiday season. So to those faced with loss, past or present, you are not alone. I pray for your strength and peace of mind during these trying times 🏾#theLopezEffect #RIP - 1 month ago

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This picture was taken last year August on a special day, with Reggie Ossé, when my book was officially released and he did a @combatjackshow interview in the heart of Brownsville. As a fan, I was humbled that he respected my work and honored that he took part in such a memorable moment. After he was diagnosed with cancer, he remained upbeat and optimistic believing that this was part of God’s plan. Today, I am saddened and devastated that we have lost an icon, but I take comfort that he is rejoicing pain-free and already doing an interview in the land of paradise.
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Cancer does not discriminate and far too many people we know and love are being diagnosed. Make sure to get your annual physical and do not hesitate to visit your doctor if something doesn’t seem right. Only you know your body! #combatcancer #combatjack #thelopezeffect #ReggieOsse #Brooklyn #CrownHeights #legend

This picture was taken last year August on a special day, with Reggie Ossé, when my book was officially released and he did a @combatjackshow interview in the heart of Brownsville. As a fan, I was humbled that he respected my work and honored that he took part in such a memorable moment. After he was diagnosed with cancer, he remained upbeat and optimistic believing that this was part of God’s plan. Today, I am saddened and devastated that we have lost an icon, but I take comfort that he is rejoicing pain-free and already doing an interview in the land of paradise. ️ Cancer does not discriminate and far too many people we know and love are being diagnosed. Make sure to get your annual physical and do not hesitate to visit your doctor if something doesn’t seem right. Only you know your body! #combatcancer #combatjack #thelopezeffect #ReggieOsse #Brooklyn #CrownHeights #legend - 1 month ago

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All I’m asking for is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T❗️ ◽️
I had the best time hitting the stage at the #MHBALipsSyncBattle 🗣Check out  @motthallbridges to see my scholars rock the mic 👀🎤#TheLopezEffect #OccupySchools #Respect #MHBALipSyncBattle #BridgesGotTalent #IHaveFunToo #PrincipalSwag

All I’m asking for is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T️ I had the best time hitting the stage at the #MHBALipsSyncBattle 🗣Check out @motthallbridges to see my scholars rock the mic #TheLopezEffect #OccupySchools #Respect #MHBALipSyncBattle #BridgesGotTalent #IHaveFunToo #PrincipalSwag - 1 month ago

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