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

343 Scholars


The DREAM Team

Chelsey Palmer


Allison Roberts

Assistant Principal

Erin Chilelli

Dean of Culture

Paola Penuela

Instructional Coach

Kelechi Ogbonna

Operations Manager

Irene Polanco

Administrative Manager

Jessica Loubriel


Anabell Pena

Operations Coordinator

Christine Jurado

Kindergarten Teacher

Imrana Faizi

Kindergarten Teacher

Kianni Johnson

First Grade Teacher

Hanna Kerr

First Grade Teacher

Markita Wallace

Learning Support Teacher

Nicole Taylor

Second Grade Teacher

Tiara King

Second Grade Teacher

Ismenette Riche

Second Grade Teacher

Abdul Odigie

Second Grade Teacher

Jackie Dimitrief

Third Grade Teacher

Daricel Calcano

Third Grade Teacher

Fantisha Sanogo

Third Grade Teacher

Candy Bloise

Fourth Grade Teacher

Kamille Campbell

Fourth Grade Teacher

Molly McClaughlin

Fourth Grade Teacher

Taylor Chiola

Fifth Grade Teacher

David Outten

Fifth Grade Teacher

Tyler Harl

Fifth Grade Teacher

Gwen Spalding

Fifth Grade Teacher

Robert Subjenski

Music Teacher

Grace Lopata-Linn

Dance Teacher

Richard Cabassa


Rachel Lee

Social Worker

Ena Rasic-Redzematovic

Social Worker

Montgomery Fishoff

Social Worker

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 emailĀ Boardoftrustees@DemocracyPrep.org

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