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. Harlem Prep 2013-2014 school year will have Grades 6 and 7 eventually expanding to Grade 8 for the 2014-2015 school year. 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!

Jason Rios

Christine Doonan

6 – 8

296 Scholars

The DREAM Team

Staff Contact List

Jason Rios


Christine Doonan

Assistant Principal

Andrew Clay

Leader U Fellow

Joann Checo

6th Grade Reading & Grade Level Leader

Toy Giles

6th Grade ACT

Maurice Abernathy

6th Grade Reading

Thalene Bryan

6th Grade Writing

Alexandra Jimenez

6th Grade Math

Chris Brimacombe

6th Grade Math

Miriam Lopez- Perez

6th Grade History Teacher

Hilary Brown

6th Grade Science

Anthony Cannonier


Emmalee Rainey

7th Grade & Grade Level Leader

Audrey Monday

7th Grade ACT

Andrea Koleck

7th Grade Reading

Harbir Mahal

7th Grade Math

Brittany Angelini

7th Grade History

Brendan O'Sullivan

Physical Education

Haila Vanhentenryck

Theatre & Grade Level Leader

Jonathan Young

8th Grade ACT

John Alvaro

8th Grade Reading & Leader U Resident

Ellie Sands

8th Grade Reading Associate

LaShekia Chatman

8th Grade Reading

Ashley Charleston

8th Grade Writing

Toni Barbour

8th Grade Math A

Kyle Greely

8th Grade Math B

Eric Smiley

Scholar Support Specialist

Kyrie Sutton

Behavior Support Specialist

Erica Wolfe

Social Worker

Shayika Sutton

Social Worker

Michelle Herrera

Operations Manager

Karina Tavarez


Sandra Gaona


Cristal Batista

Family Impact Coordinator

David Gardner

Operations and Technology Associate

DPNY Board of Directors

  Click to download HPCS Board Meeting Minutes – 2016-17
  Download Annual Report 16-17 

To contact the DPNY Board, please email Boardoftrustees@DemocracyPrep.org

For information about the DPNY Board of Trustees, including upcoming meeting dates, click here.