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

Paul Asjes

LeaderU Resident

Crystal Lopez


Kyrie Sutton


Karina Tavarez

Administrative Manager

Nancy Moreno

Operations Manager

Synthia Santiago


Anthony Cannonier

Operations Coordinator & Step Team Coordinator

Ashley Charleston

6th Grade Writing Teacher | Grade Level Leader

Taneka Evelyn

6th Grade Science Teacher

Gabriela Sarmiento

6th Grade Global Literacy Teacher

Ronald White

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Ky Peterson

6th Grade Reading Teacher

Quintin Lassiter

6th Grade Math Teacher

Angel Figaro

6th Grade Math Teacher

Rubanny Martinez

6th Grade ACT/ELA

Gerald Dalmasi

6th Grade ACT Teacher

Tim Jinks

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Tiffany Charles

7th Grade Reading Teacher

Lesleen Jack

7th Grade ACT Support/ELA

Harbir Mahal

7th Grade Math Teacher

Lateria Powell

7th Grade Math Teacher

Jaisha Imran

7th Grade Math Teacher

Fernanda Saavedra

7th & 8th Grade ACT Teacher | ACT Coordinator

Kim DeBerry

7th Grade Science Teacher

Emmalee Rainey

8th Grade Science Teacher

Anthony Alexandre

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Robert Hall

8th Grade Reading Teacher

Zuheila Jason-Bhola


Brendan O'Sullivan

Physical Education & Health 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.