All the days of running on iced coffee and precious few hours of sleep had caught up with Principal Nadia Lopez.

About a decade after she founded Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn, doctors told Lopez, 43, that stress had triggered an autoimmune disease. Her health problems flared up this spring, while she wrestled with running a school in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Her doctors gave her a bleak ultimatum: Decide between your health or your job.

Lopez — who became a sensation after one of her students was featured in the popular photo series Humans of New York, landing her an appearance on “Ellen” and a trip to the White House — chose her health. She resigned on July 1.

Courtesy photo/Nadia Lopez About a decade after founding Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn, Principal Nadia Lopez resigned amid concerns for her own health and new pressures brought on by the coronavirus. All the days of running on iced coffee and precious few hours of sleep had caught up […]

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