Rocketship Education was founded as a joint venture between John Danner and Preston Smith in 2007. Created in the San Francisco Bay Area, the pair’s creation has turned into one of the most popular elementary schools across the United States. It has eighteen installments, each of which is located in poverty-stricken areas that often don’t have top-notch schooling.
Many people born to parents that don’t have moderate- to high-salaries to back younger generations up don’t perform well in their careers, as if they were born in better places of the world.
Preston Smith first got the idea of creating a school in 2004, after he taught in San Jose for three years. He found that many young generations stayed in San Jose and didn’t do much for their careers, resulting in overarching failure for kids at large in today’s young population.
Preston Smith can speak Spanish and studied Latin American Studies from 1997 to 2001 at a top North Carolina college. He immediately applied his hard academic work in college to practical applications in his first position as an entry-level educator. Three years later, in 2004, he played a major part of organizing a group of educators, parents, and nearby residents that wanted to create better academic opportunities for their area’s residents.
Parents have conducted interviews throughout several job searches at Rocketship Education. Parents care very much about their children, enough to enroll their students unlikely to take positions at the school, at least. Rather than allowing this passion to waste away as most elementary schools – any schools, really – don’t harness the power of parents.
Smith’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina, combined with his fluent Spanish, have greatly helped him interact with others at the handfuls of schools he’s served over the years.
He’s even attended The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Preston Smith has accomplished great things for both himself and Rocketship Education.