Bay Ridge Prep was established in 1998 by a team of educators and families led by Dr. Charles Fasano, the current Head of School. Dr. Fasano and his team, which included former Co-Head of School Dr. Michael Dealy, set out to create a school community that would put students first and prioritize the social-emotional well-being of each individual. Built upon the experience of its founders, the school continues to successfully carry out its mission by hiring, retaining and training faculty and staff who share in this educational vision.
In addition to founding Head of School Dr. Charles Fasano, the Bay Ridge Prep Board of Trustees is comprised of the following professionals who volunteer their time, skills and experience as board members. Collectively, the trustees work to ensure the school remains financially sustainable and has the ability to continue progressing.
Diane Baker, Parent ’16, ’18
Albert Solecki, Parent ’17, ’20, ’21
Vincent Theurer, Parent ’17
Head of School Dr. Charles Fasano established Bay Ridge Prep in 1998 along with a team of educators and families devoted to creating a truly student-centered community. He has been involved in the field of education for over 35 years and, in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of Bay Ridge Prep, Dr. Fasano also teaches sixth grade science, coaches the Middle School baseball team and can often be seen running alongside students during track practice.
Prior to Bay Ridge Prep, Dr. Fasano served as Headmaster of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn. In just three years at Adelphi, Dr. Fasano and his administration dramatically increased the school’s enrollment, restructured the educational program and regained financial stability for the institution. Outside of Bay Ridge Prep, Dr. Fasano has served as an adjunct professor at Lehman College, Hunter College and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. In 2014, Dr. Fasano was invited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools to serve on the commission that evaluates and guides other independent schools throughout their accreditation process.
His service to the community has included being an emergency medical technician with the B.R.A.V.O. volunteer ambulance organization and continuing to voluntarily run a karate program for Manhattan Youth, a non-profit organization that he founded original programs for over 35 years ago. Additionally, he has contributed to curriculum development for parochial schools serving low-income families.
In 2010, Dr. Fasano joined the founding board of the Shore Road Parks Conservancy and currently serves as president of the Conservancy. Through his volunteer work with Shore Road Parks, he has raised over $10 million for capital projects to improve parks throughout the Bay Ridge area and provide family-friendly community events. He has also recruited hundreds of volunteers to maintain and beautify five designated park areas on Shore Road.
A devoted husband and a proud father of two Bay Ridge Prep alums, Dr. Fasano holds a Doctoral degree and Professional Diploma in School Psychology from Fordham University and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University. He is a New York State licensed Psychologist and New York State certified special education teacher. He is an avid tennis player, biker, martial artist, Brooklyn Nets fan and 15-time New York City Marathon runner.
Dr. Michael Dealy
Co-Head of School, 1998-2021
Prior to his retirement in 2021, Dr. Michael Dealy was Co-Head of School and led the school alongside Dr. Charles Fasano. Dr. Dealy oversaw the Upper School, taught Upper School History and English courses and was part of the founding team of educators that were with Bay Ridge Prep since its opening day in 1998.
Prior to Bay Ridge Prep, Dr. Dealy served as Admissions Director and Guidance Counselor of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn from 1995–1998. He was previously elected to New York City District 20 Community School Board for two terms in office, presiding over the School Board’s Committee on Special Education. As a licensed school psychologist with the New York City Department of Education, Dr. Dealy was a member of the first learning disabilities evaluation team for the city’s Committee on the Handicapped. During his time with Department of Education, he conducted training workshops for educators and evaluators on evaluation, diagnosis, individual educational planning and intervention for students with a variety of needs.
An adjunct professor at Fordham University, New York University and Queens College, Dr. Dealy has taught graduate courses in Learning Theories, Psychology of Learning, Advanced Projective Analysis, Advanced Rorschach Diagnostics, Crisis Intervention, Counseling Theories, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Advanced Applications of Counseling Theory and Family Therapy. He has done workshops on crisis intervention and stress management for several New York City hospitals, universities and New York City’s Emergency Medical Services.