Our Staff

A Commitment to Professional Learning

Teachers and staff are critical to achieving a culture of achievement at Bridge Prep and our commitment to training and supporting our staff is an essential part of our structure. Our staff is provided personalized weekly coaching and training in Orton-Gillingham, so they are uniquely prepared to work with our students and implement our instructional program.


Some of our staff support structures include:

  • Pre-service and in-service staff development;
  • Access to participation in content and practice-based Institutes and seminars;
  • Daily supports and observations;
  • Dedicated collaborative planning time;
  • Access to on-site staff developers and
  • Hands-on practical experiences.

Our Staff

Our committed staff brings with them a diverse range of instructional and professional experience and like our students are BOLD. BRIGHT. and UNIQUE.

Tim Castanza

Executive Director

Fahron Ebanks

Director of Operations

Jennifer Policastri

Teacher- Grade 3

RoseMarie Illuzzi

Director of Community Development

Laura Laporta

Teacher-Grade 3

Gabriella Pinho

Teacher- Grade 1

Lucy Meglio

Teacher-Grade 1

Grade Team Leader

Natalie Prestigiacomo

Social Worker and Respect for All Liaison

Stephanie Valdez

Teacher-Grade 2

Tara McGuire

Administrative Staff

Theresa Cooke

Teacher-Grade 3

Grade Team Leader

Natalie Taub

SETSS Teacher

Jacqueline Bosco

Teacher-Grade 4

Diana Rose Contardo

Teacher-Grade 1

Cheryl Otterbeck

I.A. Director of Teaching and Learning

Danielle Pierre-Small

Teacher-Grade 2

Francesca DiCanio -Trombetta

Teacher -Grade 4

Assessment Coordinator

Kristina Salvatore

Teacher-Grade 4

Grade Team Leader

Marissa Marks

Dean of Specialized Instruction

Sophia Biggins

Teacher-Grade 3

Victoria Yard

Teacher-Grade 4

Maria Theresa Grillo

Administrative Staff

Yajaira Gil

Teacher-Grade 4

Joanne Dembinski

Administrative Staff

Dawn Trentalage

Administrative Staff

Michele Schneider

Administrative Staff

Ashleigh Molinaro

Teacher- Grade 4

Nicole Giordano

Teacher- Grade 2

Grade Team Leader