Our Education Team

Tracy Smith
Head of School, Coral Springs

Tracy comes to Xceed Preparatory Academy with a wealth of educational experience in both brick and mortar and online settings. She has served as an Administrator, Academic Coach, Instructor, and Program Manager in both the public and private domains. After graduating from Florida State University in 2001, she embarked on a teaching career in Broward County, Florida. Ms. Smith instructed in both elementary and middle school, serving the communities of Coconut Creek and Parkland. Tracy was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year for her work with students in integrated classrooms with varying ability levels (2004, 2005). With a pivot into online education in 2006, Ms. Smith has been on the ground floor of virtual learning, piloting programs and enhancing online experiences for students. She tackled curricular writing, design, and review as well as teaching a variety of subject areas to students in both domestic and international forums. Ms. Smith began her administrative career in 2011, and as her desire to bring an overwhelmingly positive, academically rich, holistic educational experience to students, families, and staff grew, so did her administrative roles and duties. In addition to her academic career, Ms. Smith has spearheaded a nonprofit organization serving local, national, and international hospitals, furnishing them with toys that help foster patients’ recovery and happiness during their hospital stays. Since 2016, the family-run nonprofit has received awards at both the state and county level for their continued service to the community. Tracy was awarded the Young Leadership Award in 2016.

Miriam Rube, MS
Head of School, Kendall

Miriam has over 35 years of experience in brick and mortar, online, public and private school settings. She began her educational career in 1983 where she gained in-classroom experience before her transition to education management and administration in 1991. Miriam has been a Principal and Head of School at both traditional and online private schools since 1996. During her tenure as Principal, Miriam was appointed to a three-year term on the Harvard Advisory Council for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Miriam earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling. She is completing the final requirements for a doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Management. Additionally, she is currently working on her doctorate dissertation on blended learning.

Kenneth B. Bass, M.Ed.
Head of School, Weston

The 2020 – 2021 school year marks Kenneth’s 34th year as an educator in South Florida. He began his career in 1987 as a social studies teacher and athletic coach at Nova High School. In 1998, he received a promotion to assistant principal serving at Tequesta Trace Middle School and South Broward High School. In 2003, he accepted an opportunity to serve as a principal in the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School system at the Central Campus and the East Campus. In 2009, under his leadership, the United States Department of Education recognized the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School as a National School of Excellence. In the Spring of 2018, after 31 years, he retired from the public school system. In the Fall of 2018, Kenneth’s career in education continued in the private sector at Xceed Preparatory Academy. He returned to his roots as a social studies teacher at the Coral Springs Campus and then received a promotion to
serve as the Head of School at the Weston Campus when it opened in the Spring of 2019. Kenneth originally hails from New York City. He has been a resident of Florida since 1969. He graduated from Lake Worth High School (1981) and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University (1985) and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University (1995).

Anna Gonzalez
Head of School, Daytona Beach

Anna brings over 17 years of experience as an educator to Xceed Preparatory Academy. She began her career in the college sector in 2003. She has experience in middle school, high school and college-level education. She also has experience in the online and traditional school settings. She has a PhD in Economics and Business from her native country Italy.

*All educational team members have a minimum of a 4 year college degree (or higher) and are eligible for or possess Educator Certification issued by the Florida Department of Education.

Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators

All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to the Xceed Preparatory Academy’s Head of School. Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to Xceed Preparatory Academy’s CEO or Operations Director.

Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services. Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in and on our website at xceedprep.org.