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Mark Claypool - Educational Service of America. Nashville, TN, US

Mark Claypool

President and Chief Executive Officer | Educational Service of America


Mark Claypool, President and CEO of Educational Services of America



Mark Claypool is a social entrepreneur who believes that all children can advance academically, behaviorally and socially if they are given the right tools in the right environment. A social worker and education administrator, Claypool grew frustrated by decreasing resources for children with learning differences, so he founded Educational Services of America (ESA) in 1999. Today, ESA is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 alternative and special education programs and services, and the company is listed among the Inc. 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.

Industry Expertise (2)

Corporate Leadership


Areas of Expertise (5)

Social Entrepreneurism

Corporate Leadership

Dropout Prevention

Alternative Education

Special Education

Accomplishments (4)

Nashville Chamber of Commerce Future 50 2008 (professional)

The Future 50 program identifies and celebrates the 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the Nashville area. The winners have contributed to economic growth in areas such as health care, technology, construction, manufacturing, finance, retail and services.

Nashville Business Journal 25 Fastest Growing Companies 2009, 2010 (professional)

A yearly list of Nashville’s 25 fastest-growing private companies.

Business TN Hot 100 2007, 2008, 2009 (professional)

BusinessTN's Hot100 is an annual look at Tennessee companies on a roll. Fast-growing, emerging or simply full of promise, they represent the best Tennessee has to offer in terms of entreprenuerial vision and growth.

Inc. 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (professional)

The Inc. 5000 is an annual list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

Education (2)

Middle Tennessee State University: Master of Arts, Long-term care management curriculum 1988

Phi Kappa Phi - Honors Society; Masters Thesis - "A Study of the Efficacy of Day Treament Program for At-Risk Youth"

Middle Tennessee State University: Bachelor of Arts, Duel major in Psychology and Sociology 1986

Dean's List

Affiliations (9)

  • Council for Exceptional Children, Member
  • Rotary Club of Nashville, Member
  • Book'em, Independent nonprofit children's literacy organization, Board Member
  • Penn Graduate School of Education, Advisor
  • Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Advisory Board
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools Academies Task Force, CEO Champion
  • Education Research and Development Institute, Member
  • Education Industry Association, Board Member
  • Special Olympics, Member and Sponsor

Event Appearances (10)

Removing Roadblocks to Graduation: Strategies for Improving the Educational Prospects of Our Children and Improving the Economic Vitality of Our Communities

Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Ala.  Birmingham, AL


The Dropout Crisis

Missouri State Legislature  Jefferson City, MO

Entrepreneurship and K-12 Education

  Education Industry Association

Entrepreneurship and K-12 Education

Education Industry Association 12th Annual Education Industry Days  Washington, DC


Solutions for Alternative and Special Education

Education Research and Development Institute  Houston, TX


Conversations with the Dean, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Lipscomb University  Nashville, TN


ESA the Leading Provider of K-12 Special and Alternative Educational Services

Signal Hill  Boston, MA


Educational Services of America – A Company Overview

Arizona State University Education Innovation Summit  Scottsdale, AZ


Privatization of At-Risk Education

Bank of Montreal  Bank of Montreal


Destination Diploma: Why We Have to Remove Roadblocks to High School Graduation

Rotary Club of Nashville, Tenn.  Nashville, TN



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Training


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