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How One School Principal Is Disrupting the School-To-Prison Pipeline


Mott Hall Students

“Exposure is important because access brings opportunities,” says Dr. Nadia Lopez, founder and principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a public middle school in Brooklyn. Lopez founded Mott Hall in 2010 in Brownsville, one of the most underserved neighborhoods in New York, with the intent of building a community that supports children’s well-being while also introducing them to people, places and experiences outside of their neighborhood.

“We only become what we’re exposed to,” Lopez says. Mott Hall prioritizes opening kids up to the many possibilities out there. This includes taking the scholars, the name she uses to refer to her students, “to the places they deserve to be.” Lopez refers to her students as scholars because she sees them as “lifelong learners” and believes that everything is a learning opportunity. Read More