A Teacher’s Inspiration Goes Viral and Leads to Meeting With President Obama
By: Leticia Latrice
The life of a teacher is very taxing. Teachers are faced with the responsibility of making sure your child is receiving a quality education and helping them build a strong character. Especially in a low income neighborhood, being a teacher can be a stressful task. Often in these neighborhoods many children are dealing with abandonment, family deaths, poverty, and low self-esteem and are just raising themselves. A teacher by the name of Nadia Lopez was ready to quit. She couldn’t fall asleep without a pill, or function without coffee. Stress triggered an autoimmune abdominal disease that felt like her insides were burning. At this point she was preparing to submit her letter of resignation. Until one of her students named Vidal Chastanet told the Humans of New York that his principle Ms. Lopez was the most influential person in his life.
In the blog Chastanet said ““When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us,” he said. “She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. She tells us that each time somebody fails out of school; a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.” The facebook post went viral and started a massive movement. It gave Lopez the motivation and resources she needed to reach her goals. A crowd funding campaign was created for the school to visit Harvard. Little did they know it would raise 1.4 million dollars and cause them to be invited to the White House to meet President Obama.
Lopez used the funds to open her own school and published a book. In 2010 she opened Mott Hall and released the book “The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community is Inspiring the World,”. Thank goodness her young student inspired her to keep pursing her passion to teach and build children.
Teachers aren’t given enough credit for the hard work it takes to educate our children. Teachers who go above and beyond should receive a gold medal and half a million dollars a year salary. It’s not just about teaching math or English they are teaching the children of the future how to believe in themselves and become their best. The love, care and dedication that a good teacher gives to a child is priceless. We salute all of the teachers out there who work hard every day to make sure no child is left behind.
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