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Five Teachers Finish NYC Marathon
Posted 11/06/2017 12:30PM


Bay Ridge Prep's Mighty Marathoners! 
Dr. Lisa Neesemann, Ms. Paula Champin, Ms. Natasha Hazell, Ms. Emily Wessendarp and Mr. Erik Fezzuoglio 

Five Bay Ridge Prep teachers joined thousands of other brave runners who crossed the finish line of the 2017 New York City Marathon! Upper School teachers Ms. Natasha Hazell and Dr. Lisa Neesemann along with Lower and Middle School teachers Ms. Paula Champin, Mr. Erik Fezzuoglio and Ms. Emily Wessedarp completed the 26.2-mile trek through New York's five boroughs on Sunday, November 5. 

The marathon also took runners down Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, right by Bay Ridge Prep's Upper School Building on 74th Street where a large sign hung showing support for the school's runners, including parent Gerard Betro and former teacher Deirdre Ronaldson.  Outside, runners were treated to pep melodies from the Upper School Concert Band

Marathon running has some history at Bay Ridge Prep, with dozens of other faculty members and alums having completed multiple marathons and half-marathons in New York City and other cities across the country. 

Founded in 1998, Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, K-12 college preparatory school offering exceptional courses and intimate class sizes in a socially-mature and positive environment.


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Bay Ridge Prep is an independent, private, co-ed, day school accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Serving students in Kindergarten thru Grade 12 from all across the New York City area, Bay Ridge Prep is located in Brooklyn and dedicated to enriching intellectual curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence through a student-centered community that values the unique talents and learning styles of each person.



About Us

Bay Ridge Prep is a co-ed, K-12 independent school in Brooklyn, New York, that is home to 400 students and over 100 faculty spread across two buildings.  With a student-centered environment and fresh approach to education, Bay Ridge Prep provides an enriching academic experience in a socially mature environment.


Bay Ridge Prep is selective in admissions and prospective students go through a formal application process.  What we look for most in an applicant is a student who will benefit from our programs and make a positive impact on our community.


Bay Ridge Prep students get their first taste of hands-on learning in Kindergarten, when they become owners and operators of their own bakery.  By high school, they are deeply engaged in courses like Science, Research & Design - a three-year class that offers the opportunity to conduct original, independent research.


Led by experienced arts educators with advanced degrees in art, music and theater, the arts program recognizes that creative expression is a vital and integral part of a student’s development.


Home to nine championships in the last seven years, Bay Ridge Prep Athletics offers students an opportunity to explore physical challenges and develop leadership and teamwork skills.

Student Life

Student life is more than just classes, clubs and team sports.  Bay Ridge Prep is proactive in making every day life for students engaging, positive and enjoyable. 


Giving to Bay Ridge Prep has a profound impact on the daily lives of our students and helps give the school's administration the flexibility and financial resources to address spontaneous needs in and out of the classroom such as undertaking new programs and facility upgrades.


Bay Ridge Prep Alumni can be found everywhere.  Our newest alums are at some of the best colleges and graduate programs in the country and older alums are professionals in the fields of medicine, law, media, education, finance and more.

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