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.

PRINCIPAL
Mia Backon

GRADES SERVED
K – 5

CURRENT ENROLLMENT
398 Scholars

The DREAM Team

Mia Backon

Principal

Chelsey Palmer

Assistant Principal

Allison Roberts

Instructional Coach

Christy Brown

Operations Manager

Erika Carmona

Operations & Technology Associate

Irene Polanco

Family Impact Coordinator

Alex Gonzalez

Registrar

Zulenny Sanchez

Receptionist

Carol Jasmin

DREAM Coach

Fitzroy Saunders

DREAM Coach

Erin Chilelli

Social Worker

Kristyn Demartinis

Social Worker

Paola Leonard

Kindergarten Teacher & Grade Team Leader

Meghan Riffle

Kindergarten Teacher

Pamela Penuela

Kindergarten Teacher

Christine Jurado

Kindergarten Teacher

Alexandra Gerraputa

First Grade Teacher & Grade Team Leader

Shannon Considine

First Grade Teacher

Nataki Caver

First Grade Teacher

Kelsey Van-Tull

First Grade Teacher

Lissa Erazo

Second Grade Teacher

Janey Fine

Second Grade Teacher

Emily Chambers

Second Grade Teacher

Amanda Johnson

Second Grade Teacher

Kristen Turpin

Third Grade Teacher & Grade Team Leader

Sheila Sullivan

Third Grade Teacher

Yael Nurko

Third Grade Teacher

Chris Melendez

Fourth Grade Teacher

Amy Tobin

Fourth Grade Teacher

RJ Cavaliero

Fourth Grade Teacher & Grade Team Leader

Sue Kim

Fourth Grade Teacher

Laetitia Krisel

Fourth Grade Teacher

Samantha Zerbe

Fourth Grade Teacher

Alexa McCarrick

Fifth Grade Teacher

Crystal Holmes-Smith

Fifth Grade Teacher

David Outten

Fifth Grade Teacher

Edgar Dinzey

Fifth Grade Teacher

Michael O'Dea

Fourth Grade Teacher

Tyler Harl

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kaslyn Harris-Jordan

Dance Teacher

Robert Subjenski

Music Teacher

Rachel Lee

Science & Social Studies Teacher

Nicole Taylor

Science & Social Studies Teacher

Zeina Rousan

ACT Specialist

Kara Miranda

ACT Specialist

Ebony Lambright

Associate Teacher

Leesa Pea

Associate Teacher

DPNY Board of Directors

  Click to download DPH 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 minutes and upcoming meeting dates, click here.