Who We Are

We are different, with new, fresh ideas and we proudly stand out from the status quo, and you will too – you’ll always feel like our only customer.

ESS was founded by leaders with many years experience who saw the challenges that face education today in finding and keeping qualified teachers and administrative support staff. In spite of their best efforts to achieve high participation rates with qualified teachers and quality instruction, educators and human resources professionals are continuously challenged in this endeavor due to limited staff, reduced funding and ever decreasing resources.

ESS was created to assist you in your effort to improve the educational experience. So under the parent company, Helton Management Group, LLC, and doing business as Education Solutions Services, ESS, we launched a movement to address this educational need with a staffing solution service that we believe can make a difference. We are on a mission.

Education Solutions Services, ESS

Mission Statement

To be the premier national provider of qualified substitute teachers and administrative personnel in the education market, helping school districts focus their time, resources and skills on their core objective: providing a quality education to every student, every day.


Treat our customers and employees with dignity and respect

Always seek fair and equitable solutions

Give back to the communities we serve


ESS’ leadership team has a combined 200 plus years experience in workforce solutions development and operations management. The key to success has been our commitment to high quality leadership, passion for top talent, unwillingness to fail and well developed, strictly executed standard operating procedures. We expect our team members to possess tremendous work ethic, passion and integrity. Our veteran management team has devoted much of its time to developing a staffing solutions company that delivers programs specific to the education marketplace for substitute teachers, clerical staff and administrative support.

ESS is backed by some of the most experienced leaders in education staffing management.

Our team includes:

Buddy Helton

Buddy Helton – President

David Helton

David Helton – Executive Vice President


Rick Sanchez – Executive Vice President

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Fred Clark – Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Rick Burns – Vice President Business Development

Jim Heatherly
Jim Heatherly – Vice President Business Development

Russell Leboff – Vice President Business Development

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Chris Jones – Vice President Business Development

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Wendy Beam, M.Ed. – Vice President Operations

Phil French – Chief Financial Officer