About Us

Proximity Learning was created out of the belief that all students deserve educational equity through access to the best teachers in the country⁠—no matter what.

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A Company Built By Educators For Educators, Focused on Educational Equity

In business since 2009, Proximity Learning was initially focused on live-streaming World Language teachers from around the world to individual students in the United States. As demand grew and public schools began to inquire about placing Proximity Learning teachers in their schools, we saw an opportunity to expand scope and make an impact on the education sector.

Proximity Learning team cutting the ribbon on their first official office in Austin, Texas
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Today, Proximity Learning conducts classes in over 30 topic areas in over 200 schools across 20 states. We strive every day to pursue equitable access to quality education for students everywhere by bringing the power of live-streaming virtual teaching to the traditional classroom so young learners can receive the education they deserve. Our virtual teaching methodology, continuously refined for over a decade now, is centered around the fact that students deserve to always have an instructor that is live, dynamic, and caring.

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Accreditations & Partners

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The Proximity Learning Leadership Team

We’re proud that our Management Team comes from diverse backgrounds related to education. Our team consists of former superintendents, principals, administrators, teachers, EdTech entrepreneurs, and more that care about education and recognize its importance.

Evan Erdberg


Dr. Michael Robinson

Vice President of School Partnerships and Sales

Chris Land

Vice President of Operations

Myken Caviness

Vice President of Customer Success

Jason Appelbaum

Director of Marketing

Danielle Erdberg

Vice President of Product

John Rollack

Manager of Human Resources

We’ve been excited about virtual instruction’s possibilities since 2009 - we aren’t here just because we noticed a trend. We saw the potential of the medium long ago and immediately knew how powerful virtual teaching could be in terms of solving education’s long-standing equity challenges. Our teaching team is also structured just like a school to ensure our partners understand how we function and our teachers know exactly who to go to for additional support and resources. With Proximity Learning, you can be confident that we speak your language.

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Our Partnership with ESS

In 2019, Proximity Learning merged with ESS, the largest K-12 substitution company in the country. ESS specializes in placing qualified staff into daily, long-term, and permanent K-12 district positions such as substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school support staff.

This partnership allows Proximity Learning to substantially increase the quality of the learning environment in classrooms and significantly reduce the length of time it takes to implement a teacher into a district. ESS’s success in placing quality substitute teachers into classrooms is unparalleled - we are proud to be a part of their family.

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