Judith Vega – Principal
I have been principal of Bay Ridge Christian Academy for the last 15 years. I’ve learned so much throughout these years and it has truly been a blessing to serve countless families and children.
This year marks my twenty fifth year in education. As a teacher and now in my capacity as an administrator I have been privileged to be part of many students lives, encouraging them to continue to strive and give their best. I cherish every moment I’ve had to impart in the lives of children and their families, and I pray for the strength to continue to do so.
I have varied experience as a teacher and school leader. For the first ten years of my career I served at the elementary school level, teaching a variety of grades and content areas. My passion has always been to develop positive relationships with everyone within our school community, encourage students to reach their full potential, and support teachers and staff so they maximize their efforts. As I look into the future, I pray that God will continue to equip me with much wisdom and grace as we continue impacting the lives of students who are our future leaders.
Mrs. Luz Sepe – K3 Teacher
My journey as a teacher at Bay Ridge Christian Academy began as an assistant for grades K2 & K3. After much training and experience, I transitioned to the position of K3 Teacher. It is an honor and privilege to be part of the Early Childhood program at BRCA. My joy in teaching is reaching children and seeing that spark/glimmer in their eyes when they achieve something. Also, I firmly believe that “If you adequately teach a child, he/she should remember the lesson.” These early years are an essential part of a child’s life, and my prayer is that as students enter my classroom, they will feel supported, nurtured, encouraged, and loved.
Mrs. Norma Martinez – Pre K Teacher
My name is Mrs. Martinez, and I teach the Pre-K class at Bay Ridge Christian Academy (BRCA). I have been teaching at BRCA for four years, and it has been such a rewarding experience. I love to teach because I view it as sowing a seed into fertile ground and seeing the fruit grow. Like seed sprouts and develops, I have the great pleasure of seeing my students develop academically, emotionally, and spiritually. My desire as a teacher is to create an environment where students feel loved, nurtured, encouraged to explore and discover new things. I hope to continue to facilitate all my students to be productive members of society.
Mrs. Evelyn Colon – K5 Teacher
My name is Evelyn Colon, and I’ve been teaching at the Bay Ridge Christian Academy for 14 years. My inspiration for teaching came from the positive influence I received from many of my teachers. They demonstrated kindness, dedication and were committed to their craft. As an educator, my goal is to teach with passion and encourage my students to connect to God. I pray that the impact I make on my students will positively influence their lives and encourage them to enjoy learning and grow to be caring and loving adults.
Mrs. Nichelle Robinson – 1st grade Teacher
I have been teaching for 23 years, and this is my 13th year at BRCA. It is a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful school community. I enjoy teaching because I have the opportunity to educate, encourage, empower, inspire, and impact children. I enjoy seeing them learn and develop as we create a loving, caring, fun, and respectful environment together. I desire to see them continue to grow as learners and that they may develop in all areas of their life – academically, spiritually, socially, physically, and emotionally.
Ms. Liduvina Perez – 2nd Grade Teacher
My name is Mrs. Perez, and I’ve been teaching for over ten years. I have been at Bay Ridge Christian Academy for seven years, and it has been such a rewarding experience. As a Christian educator, it is my goal to instill in my students’ love of learning and a desire to commit their ways to the Lord.
As a teacher, I love seeing past the basic facts of a subject and using hands-on activities and real-life information to make the lessons come to life beyond the primary curriculum. My passion is to teach with kindness, correct with love, inspire and stimulate young minds emotionally, spiritually, and academically.
Miss Steffi Thomas – 3rd Grade Teacher
My name is Miss Thomas, and I teach 3rd grade at Bay Ridge Christian Academy (BRCA). I have been teaching at BRCA for five years; what I love most about teaching is helping children learn and develop their skills. As a Christian educator, I am committed to teaching my students their academics, inspiring them to grow in their faith and leave my classroom, gaining more knowledge and understanding than when they came in. Furthermore, my students will learn to build personal connections with each other, myself, and, more importantly, with our Lord.
Mrs. Joanne Walton – 4th Grade Teacher
My name is Mrs. Walton, and I have been blessed as a Christian educator for about fifteen years. I have worked in various grades and taught every subject, from reading to math and the social sciences. My motivation to teach is the desire to see Christ instilled in children and develop that child’s understanding of the essential need to have Christ be a vital part of their lives. As an elementary teacher, I hope to have a small role in developing my students’ confidence in all areas of their lives and developing academic skills. I want them to see themselves as future leaders, so they become influencers and impact their communities for Christ.
Miss Arleen Santana – Stem, Computer & Physical Ed.
My name is Arleen Santana and I’ve been teaching at Bay Ridge Christian Academy for almost five years in a number of different areas, with over a decade of experience. I’ve worked with children of different ages and it’s a pleasure seeing them grow and develop. As the Computer and STEM teacher, my goal is to provide life skills for real world applications. Through the use of the different Google Apps, I want my students to explore new ways of developing and applying higher level thinking concepts to real world online situations.
Miss Amanda Franco – Middle School ELA
I have been a classroom teacher for just over 5 years, but I have been working with children for over a decade through tutoring and camp counseling. I have had a passion for education, reading, and writing for as long as I can remember. I hope to inspire my students to pursue and explore their passions, as I was inspired by my teachers through self-discovery in the English Language Arts. I want my students to develop in their love for reading, writing, and communication with a focus on why and how to use words effectively and positively.
Miss Nathaly Arevalo – Middle School Math
My name is Nathaly Arevalo and I have been teaching at Bay Ridge Christian Academy for the last two years. Teaching is a passion which is done with joy to help others achieve success. As a teacher, I want to be a part of shaping and changing students’ lives and the future. I plan to impact students’ lives in a positive manner to help them grow academically, socially, and spiritually. I have been able to do this for the past three and a half years as a K-12 educator. Preparation is key; therefore similar to my student, I prepared myself to teach them and learn along with them
Ms. Blanca Velez – Middle School History & Science
My name is Blanca Velez and I have been teaching at Bay Ridge Christian Academy for over 28 years. My inspiration to teach came from someone who mentored me when I was very young. She impacted me greatly in a Christ-like way that I too wanted to impact others as well. I have realized that every day is a new learning experience not only for me, but for my students. I enjoy sharing the word of God, History and Science. However my favorite subject is Science because the more I teach Science the more I realize that only an omnipotent God could have created this world. I try to connect God and science by engaging students through labs, videos, and stem projects. My passion is to teach and I hope to continue impacting the lives of my students for years to come.