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Sahsa Lopez is Graduation Coach at Miami Central Senior High School, one of the largest high schools in Miami-Dade County. 100% of her students identify as minorities and over 80% receive free or reduced lunch and the graduation rate hovers around 60%. Prior to becoming Graduation Coach, Sasha taught Spanish to non-native speakers at Miami Central and was nominated for Rookie Teacher of the Year and Teach for America’s Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching. As Graduation Coach, Sasha created a data-tracking tool to monitor her school’s progress-to-goal that became a model for other schools in the district. She’s also led several initiatives aimed at improving the college –going culture at Miami Central and has led to the a projected 10% increase in 4-year graduation rate over the previous year as well as 3.6 million dollars in merit-based scholarships. Sahsa hopes to lead a school that prepares and empowers students academically and personally to advocate for themselves, their communities, and their futures.