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.

Mia Backon

K – 4

331 Scholars

The DREAM Team

Mia Backon

Campus Director

Christy Brown

Operations Manager

Chelsey Palmer

Instructional Coach

Erika Carmona

Operations & Technology Associate

Irene Polanco

Family Impact Coordinator

Alex Gonzalez


Gissell Tineo


Carol Jasmin


Fitzroy Saunders


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

Morgan Lazar

First Grade Teacher

Kristen Turpin

Second Grade Teacher & Grade Team Leader

Lissa Erazo

Second Grade Teacher

Lindsey Klapper

Second Grade Teacher

Emily Chambers

Second Grade Teacher

Allison Roberts

Third Grade Teacher & Grade Team Leader

Sue Kim

Third Grade Teacher

Sheila Sullivan

Third Grade Teacher

Chris Melendez

Third Grade Teacher

Ashely King

Third Grade Teacher

Yael Nurko

Third Grade Teacher

Robert Cavaliero

Fourth Grade Teacher & Grade Team Leader

Michael O'Dea

Fourth Grade Teacher

Alexa McCarrick

Fourth Grade Teacher

Laetitia Krisel

Fourth Grade Teacher

David Outten

Fourth Grade Teacher

Edgar Dinzey

Fourth Grade Teacher

Kaslyn Harris-Jordan

Peforming Arts Teacher

Thomas Terribile

Physical Education Teacher

Rachel Lee

Science & Social Studies Teacher

Nicole Taylor

Science & Social Studies Teacher

Kara Miranda

ACT Specialist

Samantha Zerbe

Associate Teacher

Francesca Decesare

Associate Teacher

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 DPH Board Meeting Minutes – 2016-17
  Download Annual Report 16-17 

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