School Leader, KIPP Courage
Eric M. Schmidt was a 2011-2012 Fisher Fellow and is the Founding School Leader of KIPP Courage College Prep in Houston, Texas. KIPP Courage is located inside of Landrum Middle School in Spring Branch ISD and is a part of the SKY Partnership between Spring Branch, KIPP Houston, and YES Prep. In addition to the innovative SKY Partnership, KIPP Courage has been recognized for work around teaching Character Strengths and also the use of Blended Learning. Before joining KIPP, Mr. Schmidt taught eighth-grade science and was also the head of the eighth-grade team at a middle school in Houston ISD. He also served as the 2009 summer school principal and was the boys’ soccer coach for four years. During the 2008-2009 school year, he was named the campus Teacher of the Year. In May 2011, Eric graduated from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) as a member of the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP). Eric first moved to Houston as a Teach For America Corps Member. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and a minor in Spanish.
- Eric grew up in North Carolina and loves the Tar Heels!
- Eric lived in Romania for a summer during college.
- Eric has been playing baseball and snow skiing since before he can remember.