Prenda began in 2013 with one parent trying to help his kids learn computer programming. A local public library in Mesa, Arizona, provided the space and Prenda provided the curriculum and tools. Eight years later, more than 4,000 children in 12 states are learning all of their core subjects and more in Prenda-Powered Microschools.
Prenda helps parents and teachers operate world-class microschools by partnering with regulated, state-credentialed educational institutions to engage small groups of 5-10 students in mastery-focused, project-based learning. In public district schools, charter schools, and at home, Prenda-Powered Microschools have helped students from a variety of backgrounds thrive and find joy in learning.
Prenda is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, and operates a family-friendly, inclusive, remote-first workplace with staff around the country.
Kelly Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Smith is the founder and chief executive officer of Prenda, which he founded in 2015. He graduated with degrees in physics from Brigham Young University and nuclear science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before returning to his hometown of Mesa, Arizona. Kelly and his wife are the proud parents of 4 amazing kids.