John Kugler has been with Bay Ridge Prep since September of 2000, first serving as the Director of the Bridge Program for the Middle School and then Director of the Bridge Program for the Upper School. He was named Upper School Co-Director in 2021. He has worked in the field of education for over 35 years with a primary focus on individuals with learning differences.
Prior to joining Bay Ridge Prep, John served as the Director of the School Consultation Center at Fordham University and also served as the Director of Education at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital Learning Center. He has also worked as a school psychologist with the New York City Department of Education and engaged in private practice conducting school neuropsychological assessments. John also served on the board of the New York State Association of School Psychologists as a representative for the New York City chapter.
Since 1993, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, teaching a variety of courses covering neuropsychology, learning disorders and assessment. He has also served as an adjunct faculty at NYU and the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He has presented workshops on learning disabilities at both national and state conventions. John has also authored and co-authored a number of journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries in the areas of assessment and counseling. His areas of interest include assessment of learning disorders, neuropsychology and reading disabilities.
John is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist and Certified Special Education Teacher. He also earned a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. He and his wife are the proud parents of a Bay Ridge Prep alum. John has also practiced Tae Kwon Do for over 40 years, reaching the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt, and has completed 19 New York City Marathons.