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

309 Scholars

The DREAM Team

Jason Rios


Christine Doonan

Assistant Principal

Andrew Clay

Leader U Fellow

Joann Checo

6th Grade Reading & Grade Level Leader

Toy Giles

6th Grade ACT

Hillary Fink

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

Kara Singleton

7th Grade Reading

Anthony Sanford

7th Grade Writing

Michael McKenna

7th Grade Math

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

Sheron Brown

8th Grade History

Nicholas Ippolito

8th Grade Science

Eric Smiley

Scholar Support Specialist

Katey Ray


Vanessa Larracuente

Scholar Support Associate

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

Dr. Robert North

Chair, Harlem Hospital

Josh Pristaw

Vice Chair, GTIS Partners

Brian Berger

Vice Chair, Glocap Search

Doug Snyder

Vice Chair, Starboard Value, L.P.

Roger Berg

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Katie Duffy

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Linda Bell

Barnard College

Trevor Gibbons

Joele Franke, Wilkinson, Brimmer, Katcher

Sean Windsor


Jamal Epps

J.P. Morgan Chase

Ken Weiller

EVA Capital Management, LP

Alastair Wood


Brittany Mullings


Steven Gordon

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Gregory Weston

Winston & Strawn LLP

The Democracy Prep New York Board of Trustees will hold its regular meetings and executive committee during the 2017-18 school year on the following dates:

 Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 8 a.m. (125 Park Ave, New York, NY 10017)
 September 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m., 1767 Park Ave., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10035
 October 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m., location TBD
 November 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m., 207 West 133 St., New York, NY 10030
 January 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m., 240 East 123rd St., New York, NY 10035

  Click to download HPCS Board Meeting Minutes – 2016-17
  Download Annual Report 15-16 

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