LearnWell Announces Collin Earnst as CEO
Plymouth, Mass. — June 18, 2019 — LearnWell has announced the appointment of Collin Earnst as chief executive officer. Earnst, who has served as interim CEO since February, will continue with the day-to-day leadership of the company and spearhead its expansion within the K-12 education and behavioral health markets.
LearnWell partners with school districts, hospitals, and other treatment programs and facilities to develop and administer educational programs for school-age patients. It provides students with high-quality instruction, using the same curricula as their peers, so they can maintain their academic progress during treatment and successfully reenter the classroom. When school districts partner with LearnWell, their students are at a dramatically lower risk of falling behind, requiring additional staff support, or being retained another year due to school absences.
“It is a great time for Collin to take the reins as CEO,” said Brennan Mulcahey, partner at Brook Venture and chairman of the board for LearnWell. “We believe there is tremendous opportunity for LearnWell in the K-12 marketplace. Based on Collin’s 20 years of experience in education and his track record of rapid and sustained growth, we’re confident he’s the right person to build on this momentum and lead LearnWell through this next phase of growth.”
LearnWell recently expanded its services to the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and now serves 15 states across the country. In addition, under Earnst’s leadership, the company has announced a new Virtual Teaching service, which is designed to support homebound students as they transition from hospital treatment back to the classroom.
Earnst joined LearnWell after spending seven years at Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Company. As vice president of marketing and strategy, he partnered with the company’s executive team in scaling the business from 1 million to 3.5 million students and driving nearly 400 percent sales growth in the U.S. market over five years. Previously, he served as a strategic consultant with The Haselton Group, which represented Lexia Learning as well as several other major education companies including Pearson Education, Zaner-Bloser, and Global Partnership Schools, and the national nonprofit tutoring company BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). Prior to that, Earnst was vice president of corporate communications for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
“LearnWell serves a critically important need at the intersection of education and behavioral health treatment, and the team possesses unique expertise addressing the needs of school-age patients during treatment,” said Earnst. “We have an opportunity — and a deep commitment — to help support the academic success of the 10 million students nationwide who need behavioral health care. As CEO, I look forward to strengthening and expanding LearnWell’s partnerships with school districts and new behavioral health facilities.”
LearnWell is an education company focused on helping students receiving behavioral health treatment to maintain their academic progress and successfully reenter the classroom. For nearly 25 years, the company has specialized in providing classroom-based and one-to-one instruction for students in psychiatric hospitals, eating disorder treatment facilities, substance use treatment facilities, and medical hospitals. In addition, the company also provides one-to-one virtual teaching to homebound students. LearnWell teachers work throughout the continuum of care, communicating with students, schools, and medical staff to support student wellness and academic progress. To learn more about LearnWell, please visit www.learnwelleducation.com.
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Charlotte Andrist, Nickel Communications PR
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