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Five Educators Honored For Service Milestone
Posted 01/29/2019 06:40PM


Each year, Bay Ridge Prep hosts a special gathering to celebrate the hard work and achievements of its faculty and staff. During this annual tradition, employees who have reached their tenth year with the school are honored for their decade of service to Bay Ridge Prep. Honorees for 2019 were five educators: Linda Catani, a Lower School faculty member, and Upper School faculty members Angela Loffredo, Helen Ng, Tim Raphael and Rebecca Rice Chiusano.

Before an audience of their colleagues and family, each was presented with a "Making A Difference" plaque and a brief speech about their contributions to the school community over the past ten years.

Linda Catani was described by Lower School Director Kate George as "a magician" who has the ability to magically work with a variety of students and help them easily understand what they are learning. 

Angela Loffredo "imbues her students with a love of literature and takes on academic challenges and raises the bar with high expectations," Dr. Michael Dealy, Co-Head of School, said in his presentation. 

Helena Ng "shares her creativity with others so effortlessly and has really brought out the 'artist' in our students," Dr. Dealy said.

Tim Raphael's "enthusiasm and can-do mentality has transferred over to the many students that he has worked with over the past ten years, in ever-growing numbers," said Guidance Director Dr. Chris Nuesell. 

Rebecca Rice-Chiusano "is a true supporter – of her students, her colleagues, her family, and her friends. As a teacher, she brings out the very best in her students," Dr. Nuesell said.


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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