Our Story

To satisfy insistent demand for an excellent middle school in East Harlem, Democracy Prep sought permission to expand the Harlem Prep turnaround charter to include Grades 6 through 8. With the SUNY Charter Schools Institute having approved this request, Harlem Prep Charter Middle School opened its doors in Fall 2012 to ensure that Harlem Prep’s scholars were able to continue progressing on the path to success in college and citizenship upon completion of Grade 5. Since then, Harlem Prep Charter has grown to K-12, with its high school opening its doors in 2016. Drawing on deep reserves of grit, scholars will grapple daily with Harlem Prep’s rigorous college-prep curriculum and will continue to work hard so that they will go to college and change the world!


Andre M. Geddes

Andrew Clay

6 – 8

The DREAM Team

Andre M. Geddes


Andrew Clay

Assistant Principal

Brendan O'Sullivan

Physical Education Teacher | 6th Grade Level Leader

Mohammed Yousef

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Chantal Alison-Konteh

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Rachel Fuhrman

6th Grade Math Teacher

Morgan Brown

6th Grade Math Teacher

Thalene Bryan

6th Grade Writing Teacher

Gabriela Sarmiento

6th Grade Global Literacy Teacher

Toy Giles

6th Grade ACT Teacher | Civics Coordinator

Paul Asjes

LeaderU Resident | 7th Grade Reading Teacher | 7th Grade Level Leader

Tim Jinks

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Harbir Mahal

7th Grade Math Teacher

Lateria Powell

7th Grade Math Teacher

Kim DeBerry

7th Grade Science Teacher

Phil Seidle

7th Grade History Teacher

Tiffany Charles

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Melice Thompson

7th Grade Writing Teacher

Fernanda Saavedra

7th & 8th Grade ACT Teacher | ACT Coordinator

Anthony Cannonier

STEP Teacher

Emmalee Rainey

8th Grade Science Teacher | Grade Level Leader

Anthony Alexandre

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Zakiyah Nicklette

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Hakimah Albritton

8th Grade Math Teacher

Richard Larkin

8th Grade Math Teacher

Ashley Charleston

8th Grade Writing Teacher

Shautai Quinlon

8th Grade History Teacher

Jonathan Young

7th & 8th Grade ACT Teacher | ELL Coordinator

Zuheila Jason-Bhola


Kyrie Sutton


Crystal Lopez


Erica Wolfe

Social Worker

Shayika Sutton

Social Worker

Karina Tavarez

Family Impact Coordinator

Cristal Batista


DPNY Board of Trustees

For information about the Democracy Prep New York Board of Trustees, including minutes and upcoming meeting dates, click HERE. To contact the DPNY Board of Trustees, please email boardoftrustees@democracyprep.org.