Candice Bobo leads our network of schools in Washington DC as the DC Executive Director.
Like most of our students, Candice grew up East of the River in Washington DC. Her childhood home in Ward 7 was just two blocks from where Rocketship Legacy Prep is located today. The importance of education was ingrained in her from an early age with both of her parents serving as career teachers in D.C. Public Schools. With her parents concerned that their neighborhood high school wasn’t safe, Candice spent her teenage years commuting almost two hours per day to attend a magnet school in northwest DC. Memories of this time continue to drive her passion to ensure that all children have access to an excellent public school in their own neighborhood.
When Candice chose to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become an educator, she gravitated toward schools that provided not only a high quality education for students, but also a strong sense of community. Her first teaching role was at Friendship Public Charter Schools. She then joined Thurgood Marshall Academy where she rose to become a lead teacher, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and then due to her incredibly deep relationships with her kids and families she was named Director of Student Affairs. Most recently, Candice led the turnaround of Meridian Public Charter School in Washington DC. She successfully brought Meridian back from the brink of closure and led the school to the cusp of Tier I status.
Candice’s experience, both professional and personal, embodies the mission of Rocketship Public Schools. She is deeply aware of the inequities that have existed within public schools for generations, and what it takes to remove these barriers to opportunity. Like many of our staff, her personal connections and roots within the communities we serve allow her to lead with empathy and understanding.
Candice has a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from the Columbia University Teachers College.