Our Story

Democracy Prep Charter School first opened its doors in August 2006 and currently educates scholars in Grades 6 through 8. On account of the tremendous growth scholars have demonstrated each year, Democracy Prep Charter School was ranked the number one public middle school and the number one charter school in the entire city on the 2010 Chancellor’s Progress Report. Upon completion of 8th Grade, scholars transition to Democracy Prep Charter High School where they continue on their paths to success in college and citizenship.

Nakita Green

Lucy Schultz

6 – 8

305 Scholars


The DREAM Team

Nakita Green


Lucy Schultz

Assistant Principal

Allie Re

Leader U Fellow

Nathaniel Saslow

6th Grade Math | Grade Level Leader

Matthew Reeg

6th Grade Math Teacher

Cynthia Castillo

6th Grade Math Teaching Resident

Rachel Tyler

6th Grade ELA ACT Teacher

Yvonne Jewnell

6th Grade Global Literacy Teacher

John Burke

6th Grade Science Teacher

Rachelle Egipeiaco

7th Grade Math | Grade Level Leader

Tyler Dawson

7th Grade Math ACT Teacher

Kofi Jackson

7th Grade Math Teacher

Leandro Tejada

7th Grade ELA ACT Teacher

Shemel Hill

7th Grade ELA Teacher

Abigail Capers

7th Grade ELA Teacher

Joshua Denton

7th Grade History Teacher

Tania Jarjoura

7th Grade Science Teacher

Christopher Javier

8th Grade Math ACT Teacher | ACT Coordinator

Chad Bascombe

8th Grade Algebra Teacher

Brittany Bullock

8th Grade Math Teacher

Katherine Modesitt

8th Grade ELA Teacher

Jamie McCoy

8th Grade ELA Teacher

Ariel Bishop

8th Grade History Teacher

Adreanna Halliman

8th Grade Science Teacher

Laurin Green

Theater Teacher

Nicole Harewood

Music Teacher

Clifford Simmons

Physical Education Teacher

Cristina Cowan-Johnson

Social Worker

Yohanna Mercedes


Herschel Howell

Dream Coach

Mason Delman


Elaina Amesquita

Operations Manager

William Hawthorne

Admin Manager

Cesar Lazcano

Operations Coordinator

Nicole Davis


Dr. Robert North

Chair, Harlem Hospital

Josh Pristaw

Vice Chair, GTIS Partners

Brian Berger

Treasurer, Glocap Search

Doug Snyder

Vice Chair, Starboard Value, L.P.

Roger Berg

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Trevor Gibbons

Prosek Partners

Sean Windsor


Ken Weiller

Westfield Investment LLC

Alastair Wood


Brittany Mullings

Human Resources Business Partner, National Basketball Association

Gregory Weston

Winston & Strawn LLP

Jake Foley III

Khary Barnes

Vice Chair, American Express

Ross Frommer

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Stephanie King

Columbia University

Farida Ilboudo

Columbia University

To contact the Democracy Prep Charter High School Board, please email Boardoftrustees@DemocracyPrep.org

For information about the DPNY Board of Trustees, including minutes and upcoming meeting dates, click here.