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

Chasidy Kretzer

Leader U Fellow

Nathaniel Saslow

6th Co-Grade Level Leader | Math Teacher

Rashid Duroseau

6th Co-Grade Level Leader | 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 Co-Grade Level Leader | Science Teacher

Josef Robinson

7th Co-Grade Level Leader | Math Teacher

Lauren Thompson

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Jerome Jackson

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Susanna Kim

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Kenneth Wilson

7th Grade Math Teacher

Marlon Cadore

7th Grade Math Teacher

Janell Smith

7th Grade Writing Teacher

Joshua Costello

7th Grade History 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

Brandon Hatfield

8th Grade Algebra/ Math A Teacher

Jose Disla

8th Grade Math Teacher

Leevert Holmes

8th Grade Math Teacher

Chris Mastrocola

8th Grade Writing Teacher

Nick Lanza

8th Grade Science Teacher

Ariel Bishop

8th Grade History Teacher

Wesley Rosenbaum

Physical Education

Jimmy Zenger


Kasie Patlove


Sarah Benko

Literacy Coach

Marlene Aponte

Operations Manager

Nathalie De Los Santos

Family Impact Coordinator

David Jones


Asaleeka Whyte-Reyes


Sherifa Gayle


Elaina Amesquita

Operations & Technology Associate

Neris Pena


Juliana Caffrey

Social Worker

Shereen Barzey-Kinard

Social Worker

DPNY Board of Directors

Dr. Robert North

Chair, Harlem Hospital

Josh Pristaw

Vice Chair, GTIS Partners

Brian Berger

Vice Chair, Glocap Search

Doug Snyder

Vice Chair, Starboard Value, L.P.

Roger Berg

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Katie Duffy

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Linda Bell

Barnard College

Trevor Gibbons

Joele Franke, Wilkinson, Brimmer, Katcher

Sean Windsor


Jamal Epps

J.P. Morgan Chase

Ken Weiller

EVA Capital Management, LP

Alastair Wood


Brittany Mullings


Steven Gordon

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Gregory Weston

Winston & Strawn LLP

The Democracy Prep New York Board of Trustees will hold its regular meetings and executive committee during the 2017-18 school year on the following dates:

 Tuesday, July 11, 8 a.m. (125 Park Ave, New York, NY 10017)
 September 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m., 1767 Park Ave., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10035
 October 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m., location TBD
 November 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m., 207 West 133 St., New York, NY 10030
 January 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m., 240 East 123rd St., New York, NY 10035