From our family to yours...

Black Rocket is family owned and operated. Whether you're part of a small school district or a large university, we'll treat you like family too.

From our founder...

In 2001, I co-founded Black Rocket with my then 9 year old daughter Sarah. We utilized cutting-edge, easy-to-use, low-cost technology to foster innate student creativity and spark self empowerment with a “make your own” philosophy.

Our first students in the program came away with practical real world experience, 21st century skills, career awareness, and individualized learning. Most importantly, they came away saying: “That’s cool!”

For 14 years I’ve kept that trend with our students alongside my partner, Rich Ginn, an accomplished school administrator and Teacher of the Year from High Tech High, recently the number one school in the US according to US News and World Reports,

About our name? I asked Sarah what we should call our young endeavor back then. She named the company after our dog, a black Labrador named Rocket. Things really took off from there.

Bill
Founder

Our 6 Pillars of Learning

Years ago, our very first program served as a proving ground for our beliefs, systems, principles, and practices.

  • Creativity
  • Technology
  • Make It Yourself
  • Peer Learning
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Project Based
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Our Team

EDUCATORS, INNOVATORS, DREAMERS

We are Rocketeers of the 21st Century!

Sarah

Founder & Instructor

Sarah

Founder & Instructor

Sarah might look a little young to start her own company, but she was even younger when her Dad, an award-winning writer and producer was considering whether or not to teach young children leading film school techniques through new, affordable technology.

He wavered, and Sarah said “DO IT”! And they did!

And that’s how Black Rocket began. She named the company after her black Labrador, Rocket. Today, New Jersey Business Magazine says this 17 year old may be the next Mark Zuckerberg.

Rich

Owner

Rich

Owner

“A little bit of help…one afternoon at the most.” That was Bill’s request to Rich over fourteen years ago. Rich had no idea at the time this favor would be the start of Black Rocket’s quest to revolutionize education. Rich began his career teaching violence prevention to elementary students before going on to become recognized as “Teacher of the Year” at the #1 ranked high school in the nation. After earning dual Master’s degrees, Rich transitioned to school administration in one of New Jersey’s largest K-8 districts. In 2008, he left public education to grow Black Rocket. In the last few years the company has expanded from one location in NJ to 150 locations throughout North America. Rich continues to consult with schools and teachers on game based learning and embedded assessment.

Mike

Director of Technology

Mike

Director of Technology

What do you call the guy who believes in your young company when no one else does?  You can call him Mike.  We call him The Original Rocketeer!  “Mickey” makes our promise and our programs a reality.  As an honors grad from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Mike combines his belief in Black Rocket’s mission with academic pedigree. Whether he is working behind the scenes to program a new game engine or teaching students in our online institute, Mike is the ‘go to guy’ when we are ready to move from concept to creation.  Just as he believed in us throughout the first few years, we believe in him. More than an employee, Mike is like family.

Eileen

Office Manager

Eileen

Office Manager

Angela

Director of Operations

Angela

Director of Operations

Angela’s is the “Jack-of-all” trades, no pun intended Jack. She has been called Rich’s right arm. She has merged her Project Management experience with her K-12 Leadership experiences and brings a wealth of experience and sometimes random knowledge to her role. She will tell you that she is finally working with people that get her “nerdy” sense of humor and interests. When she is not plugged into the Black Rocket matrix you’ll find her hiking in the woods any chance she can get.

Amber

Assistant Director of Operations & Enrichment

Amber

Assistant Director of Operations & Enrichment

Amber, or Ambo as she’s known around Fort Awesome, has a hand in many projects at Black Rocket. A known lover of travel and world cultures, she taught English abroad and Spanish in the States before joining the BR family in 2010. Amber will be the first to tell you how her past in teaching, service and sales has prepared her well for the different roles she plays at BR. When not busy preparing for the next phase in the Rocketeer calendar, she’s planning her next big adventure out in the world.

Sean

Lead Engineer

Sean

Lead Engineer

Jay

Operations Specialist

Jay

Operations Specialist

Brian

Sales Manager

Brian

Sales Manager

Rocco

Assistant Brand Manager

Rocco

Assistant Brand Manager

What happens when you combine a passion for Marketing, a knack for Graphic Design, and a Bachelor’s degree in Video Game Development?  I’m not too sure, but it sounds like a recipe for someone who would work for Black Rocket!

Jack

Assistant Engineer

Jack

Assistant Engineer

Jack is the guy to call when you need to know everything that you didn’t know you needed to know.

Jeremy

Customer Support

Jeremy

Customer Support

Every day at work, I would eat a different variation of chicken with rice for lunch. Therefore they called me the chicken man. “He is a simple man with simple needs” – Mike J

Shyam

Innovations

Shyam

Innovations

Katelyn

Regional Supervisor

Katelyn

Regional Supervisor

This princess of heart loves connecting with the rest of the world–sometimes by gummy ship, sometimes through Spanish, and always by making technology more accessible to students!

Mark

Regional Supervisor

Mark

Regional Supervisor

Teacher, Husband, Father of Two, Tech Geek, Dog Lover, Star Wars Fanatic, Game Player

Patty

Regional Supervisor

Patty

Regional Supervisor

I love to work with kids and technology. Every learning opportunity is a enjoyable and educational for those involved.

Dave G

Regional Supervisor

Dave G

Regional Supervisor

I have had the pleasure of working with Black Rocket for several years as lead instructor and supervisor.  During the year I am a technology teacher at Warren Hills Middle School.  I run computer club as well as the school store and coach the soccer team.

Tia

Regional Supervisor

Tia

Regional Supervisor

Middle School teacher by day…  Mom by night, so pretty much Super Woman!

Anthony

Regional Supervisor

Anthony

Regional Supervisor

Anthony  enjoys enlightening the minds of the next generation. When I am not in the classroom, you can find me somewhere enjoying nature on my mountain bike, surfboard or on a beach chair.

Rodney

Curriculum Editor & Lead Instructor

Rodney

Curriculum Editor & Lead Instructor

I came here to make kids’ dreams come true and eat White Castle. And I’m fresh out of White Castle.

Nate

Curriculum Editor & Lead Instructor

Nate

Curriculum Editor & Lead Instructor

Teaching for Black Rocket I make a difference for my students and we have a great time!
“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.” – Master Yoda

Amanda

Curriculum Development & Lead Instructor

Amanda

Curriculum Development & Lead Instructor

Games Education and technology have become part of my lifestyle and I love to share them both with the kids I get to teach. Getting to help them make games about Unicorns and marshmallows is just an added bonus.

Jess

Lead Instructor

Jess

Lead Instructor

I’m a Harry Potter loving, STEM teaching, book reader who LOVES what I do during the school year and summers!

Andrew

Curriculum Editor & Lead Instructor

Andrew

Curriculum Editor & Lead Instructor

I’ve always told me students that I’m insane because I teach during the school year and spend my summers teaching. If you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. There is a reasonable chance that someone we teach right now will see the dawn of the 22nd century; it’s time for us to pay it forward and inspire the next generation.

Joe

Curriculum Editor & Lead Instructor

Joe

Curriculum Editor & Lead Instructor

Gary

Lead Instructor

Gary

Lead Instructor

Faster than a speeding Zombie, More powerful than a Loco Creeper, Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound (in creative mode), Look, up in the sky; it’s a cave bat, it’s an ender dragon, no, it’s Minecraft Gary.  Yes, Minecraft Gary, strange visitor from another realm, who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal crafters.  Minecraft Gary; who can change the course of mighty rivers, Break obsidian with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Instructor Gary, a mild-mannered teacher for a great PGC School System, fights a never-ending battle for technology, education and the Minecraft way.

Dave R

Technologist & Lead Instructor

Dave R

Technologist & Lead Instructor

During the summer, I turn kids into game developers.

When I’m not teaching, I’m on an epic quest to find the pieces of the tri-force, defeat Gannon and save the princess (but she is always in another castle…)

Stefani

Lead Instructor

Stefani

Lead Instructor

I’m an Art Teacher at an Elementary School. I love teaching and I love food. Give me fresh minds and pizza and I’m very happy.

Justin

Lead Instructor

Justin

Lead Instructor

I love film making, acting and story telling. When I am not doing those things, or teaching in those fields, I am listening to tons of film soundtracks and geeking out over Star Wars, Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Jurassic Park and other epic worlds!

April

Assistant Instructor

April

Assistant Instructor

My passion is kids and technology! It is awsome that i can do both at once!

Lee

Assistant Instructor

Lee

Assistant Instructor

Vik

Assistant Instructor

Vik

Assistant Instructor

Student in fall and spring, teacher in summer, 7th level kobold cleric on Sundays afternoons.