Maricela Guerrero is the Senior Director of Schools. Maricela helps lead Rocketship’s Schools Team, supporting each of our 19 schools across the country and developing school leaders. Prior to her role on the Schools Team, Maricela was the Founding Principal at Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep. In the first year Rocketship Fuerza students grew 1.64 years in ELA and 1.79 years in math in the NWEA test. Furthermore, she organized and led a strong group of parent to lead the Mayoral Forum, and event attended by over 1,200 families. Before founding Fuerza, Maricela was the principal of Rocketship Mateo Sheedy. Under her leadership, students at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy earned a remarkable 925 API. In subsequent years, Maricela has led her staff to continue making incredibly strong gains for the students at Mateo Sheedy. Before ascending into school leadership, Maricela was a founding teacher in the first year of Rocketship. Prior to Rocketship, she was also a founding teacher at L.U.C.H.A., where she taught third and fourth grade. An elementary teacher since 2001, Maricela has taught grades first through eighth grade in the Alum Rock Unified district. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies with minors in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in education from the University of Phoenix.