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

Allie Re

6 – 8

221 Scholars


The DREAM Team

Nakita Green


Allie Re

Assistant Principal

Jason Helsdon

Leader U Resident | 7th Grade Math | Grade Team Leader

Emily Mankoff

Leader U Fellow

Nathaniel Saslow

6th Grade Math Teacher

Rachel Tyler

6th Grade ELA | Grade Team Leader

Christopher Javier

6th Grade Math ACT Teacher | ACT Coordinator

Janette Correa

6th Grade ELA Teacher

Allan Sheppard

Physical Education Teacher

Yvonne Jewnell

6th Grade Global Literacy | 7th Grade History

Cassadie Corprew

6th Grade Science

Cheryl Banks


Tahlia Charles

7th Grade Math | 8th Grade Algebra

Austin Canales

7th Grade History

Isabel Lederman

7th Grade ELA

Leandro Tejada

7th Grade ELA | ACT Coordinator

Patricia Polanco

7th Grade Science

Pema Shakya

7th Grade Math

Tyler Dawson

8th Grade History ACT Teacher

Sojalyn Diaz

8th Grade Algebra

Nicole Harewood

Music | Grade Team Leader

Jeremy Forbes

8th Grade ELA

Sigal Palley

8th Grade Algebra

Tiffanne Prentis

8th Grade ELA | ELL Coordinator

Christopher Rookwood

8th Grade Science

Chad Bascombe

8th Grade Algebra | Civics Coordinator

Karina Ortiz

8th Grade ELA

Yohanna Mercedes

Scholar Support Specialist

Asjarae Desaussure

Scholar Support Specialist

Josefina Urbaez

Social Worker

Michelle Perez

Social Worker

Elaina Amesquita

Operations Manager | Director of Operations

Cesar Lazcano

Administrative Manager

Luis Lazcano

Operations Coordinator

Zulibeth Velazquez

Enrollment Manager

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.