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Nadia Lopez, Principal, Mott Hall Bridges Academy, Makes A Difference For Her Students Daily

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I encountered this story today, Feb. 3, while watching television.  Please read what this 13 year-old student, Vidal Chastanet had to say about his principal, Mrs. Nadia Lopez. Read what she does when they misbehave.  She does not suspend or expel them.  The beauty is-- Ms. Lopez was recently telling her mother that she was feeling worn out; she needed to move to another school; she doubted she was having an impact.  Her mother wisely told her that she is where she needs to be. Mrs. Lopez did not know that she was making an important difference until this photographer, Brandon, walked into her school in January 2015 and told her what 13 year-old Vidal Chastanet told him about her.

For the past four years, photographer Brandon Stanton has documented people he encountered along the streets of New York City for his popular blog, "Humans of New York," but it was a photo last week of a teenager in Brooklyn that has taken the world by storm. Walking through Brownsville, Brooklyn, an area with the highest crime rate in the city and highest community of housing projects in the country, Brandon came across Vidal Chastanet, a 13-year-old who lived nearby.

Brandon took Vidal's photo, and asked the teen who the most influential person in his life was; Vidal replied it was his Principal Nadia Lopez, at Mott Hall Bridges Academy. The interaction went viral in this touching photograph.  Please read more at the link here, and also on other media on the Internet.  We at Oneworld are HAPPY for Ms. Lopez.

A Chance encounter saved Mrs. Lopez and thousands of others.  Thanks to Brandon.  Sometimes we are getting through but do not know it.  Caring educators make a positive difference every day. Suspensions and expulsions seldom ever help to make life better for students.  We hope that every educator and administrator will read this story.

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