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

Dana Goldsmith

6 – 8


The DREAM Team

Andre M. Geddes


Dana Goldsmith

Assistant Principal

Paul Asjes

LeaderU Resident

Brendan O'Sullivan

Physical Education Teacher | 6th Grade Level Leader

Cory white

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Leani Jacobs

6th Grade Science Teacher

Gabriela Sarmiento

6th Grade Global Literacy Teacher

Ky Peterson

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Quintin Lassiter

6th Grade Math Teacher

Tashi Hughes-Duncan

6th Grade Math Teacher

Gerald Dalmasi

6th Grade ACT Teacher

Tim Jinks

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Harbir Mahal

7th Grade Math Teacher

Lateria Powell

7th Grade Math Teacher

Phil Seidle

7th Grade History Teacher

Kim DeBerry

7th Grade Science Teacher

Tiffany Charles

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Fernanda Saavedra

7th & 8th Grade ACT Teacher | ACT Coordinator

Emmalee Rainey

8th Grade Science Teacher | Grade Level Leader

Anthony Alexandre

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Zakiyah Nicklette

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Richard Larkin

8th Grade Math Teacher

Lucy Smith

8th Grade Math Teacher

Ashley Charleston

8th Grade Writing Teacher

Shauntai Quinlon

8th Grade History Teacher

Zuheila Jason-Bhola


Anthony Cannonier

STEP Teacher

Kyrie Sutton


Crystal Lopez


Erica Wolfe

Social Worker

Shayika Sutton

Social Worker

Karina Tavarez

Administrative Manager

Cristal Batista

Operations Manager

Nancy Moreno

Operations Coordinator

Synthia Santiago


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.