Clayton has worked directly with over 400 children. He started by accepting a position at St. Joseph Children’s Home in Louisville, Kentucky. This is a residential home in charge of preparing children to be adopted or placed into a foster home. Clayton worked with children from ages 3-15. The challenge was to make education exciting to children who had been exposed to abuse and neglect. Excellent training was provided which transitioned nicely into his next employment opportunity.
Clayton started his teaching career at Portland Elementary which is a Title 1 school located in Louisville. It was a challenging atmosphere to say the least. There were a lot of terrific staff though who modeled best practices in order to get the most effort from their students. Over time, test scores rose due to the persistence of the entire faculty and administration.
Due to the birth of Clayton’s first son, he transferred from Portland to teach at Bates Elementary. Again, there was a terrific staff in place. But, some of the challenges that were seen in Portland also existed at Bates. This included students with discipline problems along with low test scores. It was Clayton’s belief though that more could have been done for the entire student body. The staff were in place and the lesson plans were implemented but something was clearly missing.
Eight years ago, Clayton made the difficult decision to leave the teaching profession in order to become a stay at home father. He currently has three children ages 12, 9, and 3.
Clayton’s first book released in 2011 was designed for parents who had challenging children called Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures. In 2012, Clayton received the Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainer’s (Level 3) credential. In 2013, Clayton published his second book called Beyond the Lesson Plans/Six Keys to Unlocking the Potential of all Students.
One thing Clayton has noticed over the years in educating students and raising his children was how quickly kids can learn when doing the simplest things at the highest levels. Clayton’s goal in Beyond the Lesson Plans is to point out these simple things and pinpoint how successful educators capitalize on this knowledge over less successful teachers.