Our Story

Seeking to provide scholars with a rigorous and joyful school environment as early as possible, Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary opened with Kindergarten in 2013 and will add a grade each year. Starting at age 5, scholars will grapple with rigorous material, civic engagement and character education through the DREAM values that will set them up to Work Hard, Go to College, and Change the World! Upon completion of 5th Grade, scholars will transition to Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School and then High School where they will continue on their path to and through college and a life of active citizenship.

Chelsey Palmer

K – 5

374 Scholars


The DREAM Team

Chelsey Palmer


Allison Roberts

Assistant Principal

Kelechi Ogbonna

Operations Manager

Irene Polanco

Administrative Manager

Jessica Loubriel


Anabell Pena

Operations Coordinator

Erin Chilelli

Dean of Culture

Sue Kim

K-2 ACT Specialist & ELL Coordinator

Paola Peñuela

Instructional Coach

Christine Jurado

K-1 Grade Team Leader & Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Quinn Meehan

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Imrana Faizi

Kindergarten Teacher

Kianni Johnson

First Grade Lead Teacher

Eloquence Rowell

First Grade Teacher

Hanna Kerr

First Grade Lead Teacher

Elagance Rowell

First Grade Teacher

Richard Cabassa


Nicole Taylor

Second Grade Teacher & Grade Team Lead

Anna Longo

Second Grade Teacher

Tiara King

Second Grade Teacher

Jackie Dimitrief

Third Grade Teacher

Kara Miranda

3-5 ACT Specialist & ACT Coordinator

Sheila Sullivan

Third Grade Teacher & Grade Team Leader

Fantisha Sanogo

Third Grade Teacher

Joshua Shirey

Third Grade Teacher

Chris Melendez

Fourth Grade Teacher & Grade Team Lead

Daricel Calcano

Fourth Grade Teacher Resident

Isabel Siebert

Fourth Grade Teacher

Kamille Campbell

Fourth Grade Teacher

Molly McClaughlin

Fourth Grade Teacher

Kianni Johnson

Fourth Grade Teacher

Taylor Chiola

Fifth Grade Teacher

Allison McClearn

Fifth Grade Teacher

David Outten

Grade Team Leader & Fifth Grade Teacher

Tonema Hossain

Fifth Grade Teacher

Tyler Harl

Fifth Grade Teacher

Gwen Spalding

Fifth Grade Teacher

Rachel Lee

Social Worker

Nicole Taylor

Grade Team Leader and Second Grade Teacher

Cherby Laguerre

Physical Education Teacher

Robert Subjenski

Music Teacher

Grace Lopata-Linn

Dance Teacher

DPNY Board of Directors

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

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

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