Kelly Smith

Founder & CEO


Kelly Smith has been obsessed with learning and building things since childhood. After a master’s degree in nuclear fusion (MIT), Kelly had a career in engineering and marketing at various technology companies, and sold a small software business in the clean energy space. He started volunteering with an afterschool code club at the local public library, helping kids learn computer programming, and he was so excited about the power of self-learning that he started a microschool around his kitchen table in January 2018. He is the founder and CEO of Prenda (, an education company that helps people run their own microschools. Kelly lives in Mesa, Arizona with his wife and four children.