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Born and raised in Bklyn, NY, Lopez had a childhood supported by immigrant parents who made education a top priority, so that Nadia would have the optimal opportunity to succeed in life. Lopez, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Wagner College and a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Long Island U, as well as an Advanced Certification in Leadership from Baruch, had originally planned on a nursing career. However, after her training, she discovered that nursing wasn't really her passion. So, after approximately 4 yrs toiling at Verizon as an account collections rep, where she learned the art of customer service, she turned her attention to education, spurred on by having her own child. Her career change was determined by the fact that she saw several disturbing problems within the NY educational system that her child would be entering. So rather than just worry, she set her course for creating a new educational model. Lopez initially worked at a middle school in the Ft Greene section of Bklyn, teaching the 7th and 8th grades. She subsequently taught at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science, an all-girls school in downtown Brooklyn. Then in 2008, she was selected to join the New Leaders for New School, a nationally acclaimed leadership organization, as a Resident Principal within the New York City Department of Education. After completing that rigorous year-long program, she became an Assistant Principal. In 2010, Lopez's dream became a reality, when she founded the Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a Brooklyn middle school (grades 6 to 8), which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). “Mott Hall” is a series of schools; “Bridges Academy” pays homage to Brooklyn, which links to the other New York boroughs via bridges. And, Lopez is assisting her students with building their bridges to a brighter future.
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