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.

Tanya Nuñez

Brian Serzan

6 – 8

330 Scholars

The DREAM Team

Tanya Nuñez


Brian Serzan

Assistant Principal

Nathaniel Saslow

6th Math Teacher

Rashid Duroseau

6th Global Literacy Teacher

Laurin Green

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Laura Quezada

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Kaila Bridgeman

6th Grade Math Teacher

Cory Brown

6th Grade Math Teacher

Nadia Kardan

6th Grade Writing Teacher

Ryan Mills

6th Grade Science Teacher

Dana Goldsmith

7th Science Teacher

Josef Robinson

7th Grade Level Leader | Math Teacher

Lauren Thompson

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Samantha Smith

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Marlon Cadore

7th Grade Math Teacher

Janell Smith

7th Grade Writing Teacher

Elizabeth Hatcher

8th Grade Level Leader | History Teacher

Christina Mitchell

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Kelsey Brown

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Yadira Flores

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Leevert Holmes

8th Grade Math Teacher

Chris Mastrocola

8th Grade Writing Teacher

Ariel Bishop

8th Grade History Teacher

Jimmy Zenger


Kasie Patlove


Sarah Benko

Literacy Coach

Marlene Aponte

Operations Manager

Nathalie De Los Santos

Family Impact Coordinator

Sherifa Gayle

Senior Registrar

Elaina Amesquita

Operations & Technology Associate

Neris Pena


Yohanna Mercedes


Rachelle Egipeiaco

7th Grade Math Teacher

Matthew Bamberger

8th Grade Science Teacher

Kristen Strickland

Social Worker

Tyler Dawson


Alondra Gomez

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Esme Douglas

6th Grade Math Teacher

DPNY Board of Directors

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.