Who We Are

As leaders in the education staffing space since 2000, ESS specializes in placing qualified staff in daily, long-term, and permanent K-12 school district positions including substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school support staff. Over the last 23 years, we have innovated education staffing to provide dynamic solutions to school districts and professional opportunities to passionate educators. Our team serves over 5 million students with a pool of 100,000 substitute and permanent employees throughout the country. Internally, the ESS team is comprised of 550 individuals with a passion for education working together to ensure our 900+ partner districts experience valuable education every day.

We provide our employees with the ability to work in school districts across the country in addition to benefits, comprehensive training, flexible work schedules, and professional development. Our partner school districts receive customized solutions, hands-on management, technology, and program analytics and reporting.


With 35+ years of business expertise, Buddy Helton, the President and CEO of ESS, has a proven history of driving growth and enhancing customer satisfaction in every organization he’s led. Buddy and the other members of the ESS executive team sustain a “pioneering” attitude as ESS services grow throughout the country. As the company’s geographic footprint continues to spread, our leadership pledges to deliver personalized solutions to every district we serve, as well as ample opportunities for those looking to join our team of education professionals.

Additional information about our company may be found throughout this website or please contact us at our headquarters.

9202 S Northshore Drive
Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37922

ESS Diversity Statement

ESS continuously works to create an environment where all its employees – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, or ableness – can work to the fullest of their abilities in a fair and welcoming space. Believing that a diverse company is a more innovative and successful one, we have embraced diversity to ensure further that we are empowered to make sure that “Everyday Counts” for our employees, the students, and the schools we serve nationwide.” 

ESS Brands

Proximity Learning
Proximity Learning was founded in 2010 with the vision of providing equitable access to education through live online instruction. Proximity Learning has pioneered virtual learning by connecting highly-qualified certified teachers to school districts in need through an interactive instruction model. This live, online instruction has helped schools nationwide to overcome the teacher shortage by surpassing the boundaries of geographical location.

Enriched Schools
Founded in 2012 by a former teacher, Enriched Schools provides substitute services to charter schools throughout the country. The company was established with the goal of bringing more enriching moments to students and quality educators into schools. This passion empowers Enriched Schools to make every day count for all children by tapping into the power of community.

Academic Staffing
In 1992, a speech-language pathologist established Academic Staffing hoping to leverage decades of experience to provide a superior service to therapists and school districts. Academic Staffing helps school districts provide their students with the services they need by recruiting certified therapists in ways that many districts cannot accomplish internally. Therapists are proud to join Academic Staffing for its professional advancement opportunities and employment perks such as benefit options, sign-on bonuses, and license fee payments.