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

320 Scholars

The DREAM Team

Tanya Nuñez


Brian Serzan

Assistant Principal

Nathaniel Saslow

6th Math Teacher

Laurin Green

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Rashid Duroseau

6th Global Literacy Teacher

Laura Quezada

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Kaila Bridgeman

6th Grade Math Teacher

Nadia Kardan

6th Grade Writing Teacher

Ryan Mills

6th Grade Science Teacher

Esme Douglas

6th Grade Math Teacher

Ariel Bishop

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Josef Robinson

7th Math Teacher | Leader U Fellow

Dana Goldsmith

7th Science Teacher | Grade Level Leader | Leader U Fellow

Lauren Thompson

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Cory Brown

7th Grade Math Teacher

Samantha Smith

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Janell Smith

7th Grade Writing Teacher

Kelsey Brown

7th Grade History Teacher

Alondra Gomez

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Rachelle Egipeiaco

7th Grade Math Teacher

Chris Mastrocola

8th Grade Writing Teacher

Elizabeth Hatcher

8th History Teacher | Co-Grade Level Leader

Leevert Holmes

8th Grade Math Teacher

Tomoya Lawrence

8th Grade Math Teacher

Matthew Bamberger

8th Grade Science Teacher

Christina Mitchell

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Yadira Flores

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Marlon Cadore

8th Grade Math Teacher

Sarah Benko

8th Grade Reading | Co-Grade Level Leader

Jimmy Zenger


Kasie Patlove


Clifford Simmons

Physical Education

Marlene Aponte

Operations Manager

Nathalie De Los Santos

Family Impact Coordinator

Yohanna Mercedes


Sherifa Gayle

Senior Registrar

Elaina Amesquita

Operations & Technology Associate

Neris Pena


Tyler Dawson


Kristen Strickland

Social Worker

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.