REBECCA AGOSTINO

Principal, Freedom Prep High School
Leader U Fellow ’14

After participating in a summer teaching initiative in New Orleans during college, I became inspired to work in schools, realizing that there is no other place as full of joy, challenge, and purpose as a school. I joined Teach for America after graduating from Duke University, and had the great fortune of receiving placement at Democracy Prep Charter High School as a special education teacher in writing, math, and literature. My time working with high need students and their families exposed me to the incredible challenge of completing high school with learning difficulties and inspired me to participate in Leader U.

After completing a two-year track, I served as the Leader U Fellow at Democracy Prep Harlem High School for the fall of 2014 and then moved to serve as the school leader of Freedom Prep High School in Camden, New Jersey. I believe deeply that all children can work hard, go to college, and certainly change the world, and that the latter value of Democracy Prep is essential in fostering a deep and lasting impact. I am particularly excited about tackling the challenges that no excuses high schools face as they learn to best navigate young adulthood, the college process, and the steps to graduation.

JASON RIOS

Principal, Harlem Prep Middle School
Leader U Resident ’16

While I had taught for several years before joining DP, it was here that I truly fell in love with teaching. In my second year at Harlem Prep Middle, I began to see a need for additional leadership at my campus and decided to apply to Leader U. DP’s emphasis on top-notch professional development and a mission rooted in civic engagement left no doubt that this was the leader training program for me.

While I was a part of the Leader U program, I loved collaborating several times a month with my emerging leader colleagues. With guidance, we used one another as sounding boards and pushed one another to give clear, concise feedback–giving feedback on the feedback!–which honed my instructional coaching lens in only ten months more than my entire two years as a Grade Level Leader. I was expected to reflect on my leadership style, received regular coaching on how to improve my communication with team members, and executed school-wide initiatives that targeted my school’s needs. Leader U helped me to deeply understand how a school thrives through culture, organization, and instruction.

“Underserved communities need strong schools and strong schools need strong leaders. Leader U also provided me with the opportunity to serve a community in which I grew up.”

– Joshua Rivera, Freedom Prep High School Assistant Principal, Leader U Fellow ‘17

Joshua Rivera

  • Freedom Prep High School Assistant Principal
  • Leader U Fellow ’17

Leeanna Cota

  • Democracy Prep Harlem High School
    Assistant Principal
  • Leader U Fellow ’17

Latoya Pearson

  • Freedom Prep Elementary School Principal
  • Leader U Fellow ’17

Brandon Werner

  • Democracy Prep Congress Heights Middle School Campus Director
  • Leader U Fellow ’17


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Christine Doonan

  • Harlem Prep Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Leader U Resident ’17

Alex Daniels

  • Democracy Prep, Agassi Campus
    Middle School Principal
  • Leader U Resident ’17

Joe Bolduc

  • Democracy Prep Congress Heights Elementary School Assistant Campus Director
  • Leader U Resident ’17

Mia Backon

  • Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary School Campus Director
  • Leader U Fellow ’16

Brian Serzan

  • Democracy Prep Charter Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Leader U Resident ’16

Brian Duggan

  • Democracy Prep Congress Heights Elementary School Campus Director
  • Leader U Fellow ’16

Kevin Shrum

  • Harlem Prep Elementary School Principal
  • Leader U Fellow ’16

Greg Daniel

  • Harlem Prep High School Campus Director
  • Leader U Resident ’16

Jonquille Eley-Richards

  • Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School Principal
  • Leader U Resident ’15

Duncan Scherer

  • Democracy Prep Pathways Founder
    & Executive Director
  • Leader U Fellow ’15

Pia Dandiya

  • Democracy Prep Endurance High Campus Director
  • Leader U Fellow ’14

Steve Popper

  • Assistant Superintendent, Democracy Prep Public Schools
  • Leader U Fellow ’14

Kaitlin McCann

  • Freedom Prep Middle School Principal
  • Leader U Fellow ’14