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!

School leaders

Andre M. Geddes


Dana Goldsmith


Leader U Fellow
Phil Seidle


6 – 8


The DREAM Team

Andre M. Geddes


Dana Goldsmith

Assistant Principal

Phil Sedile

Leader U Resident

Tracy Graham

Learning Intervention Coach

Kyrie Sutton

Scholar Support Specialist

Crystal Lopez


Nancy Moreno

Operations Manager

Synthia Santiago


Anthony Cannonier

Operations Coordinator & Step Team Coordinator

Gerald Dalmasi

6th Grade ACT Math Teacher

Taneka Evelyn

6th Grade Science Teacher

Alen Iliev

6th Grade Global Studies Teacher

Quintin Lassiter

6th Grade Math Teacher

Rubanny Martinez

6th Grade ACT ELA Teacher

Ky Peterson

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Ronald White

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Tiffany Charles

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Mountaka Coulibaly

7th Grade Math Teacher

Jean Johnson

7th Grade ACT Math Teacher

Ivanna Guzman

8th Grade Math Teacher

Harbir Mahal

8th Grade Math Teacher

Megan May Rivera

8th Grade ELA Teacher

Brandon Simon

8th Grade ELA Teacher

Adam Zaharoni

8th Grade Science Teacher

Zuheila Jason-Bhola

Theater Teacher

DPNY Board of Trustees

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

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.