Corporate Profile

Everything School Specialty offers is designed for one purpose – to help students succeed.

We believe every student can flourish in an environment where they feel safe and inspired to explore and grow. We empower leaders with modern educational ecosystems that optimize student outcomes. We create HOLISTIC ENVIRONMENTS, from crayons to curriculum, furniture to technology, our unmatched breadth and depth of products work together to create spaces where students can grow mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. We CURATE SOLUTIONS by getting to know a schools challenges and dreams and work with them to curate tailored solutions. This is all informed by our ADVANCED EXPERTISE. We’re constantly seeking out the latest ideas, methods and solutions for empowering educators and advancing modern education. And we’re committed to MAKING A DIFFERENCE. We’re passionate about securing a bright future for all children. To us, success means creating environments that will optimize student outcomes. And we won’t stop until we’ve achieved it.

Our Story

Founded in 1959, today School Specialty is the leading provider of educational ecosystems to educators across North America. Our unmatched depth and breadth of products includes everything from learning environments, furniture and equipment, to safety and security products, educational technology, school and office supplies, curriculum and supplemental learning curriculum materials. We offer our own proprietary products from best-in-class brands like Sax, Classroom Select, Frey, Foss and School Smart as well as some of the most trusted third-party brands in the educational market. We have grown into a company that includes over 70 subject matter experts and other industry thought leaders constantly seeking out and sharing leading edge ideas to advance modern education. This allows us to lead the way in empowering safe and inspiring spaces where students feel safe and inspired to learn and grow. And to successfully transform not just classrooms but students themselves.

Senior Leadership

Ryan M. Bohr

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Baehler

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Allen Hoeppner

Senior Vice President, Merchandising & Category Management

Joseph Geltz

Senior Vice President, Operations & Process Excellence

Jason Belsito

Senior Vice President, Information Technology & Program Management

Sarah Bridleman

Vice President, Human Resources

Jeff Hemstead

Regional Vice President, Sales

Christopher O’Connor

Regional Vice President, Sales

Timothy Ferraro

Vice President, Inside Sales

Mark Esstman

Vice President, Curriculum

Amy Veugeler

Vice President, Marketing

Latest News

  • School Specialty Announces 2022 Crystal Apple Award Winners

    Three Outstanding Winning Teachers Represent Schools in N.C, Fla. and Penn.; Winners Receive $500 School Specialty Credit for Classroom, $250 Credit for School CHICAGO, IL — June 21, 2022 — School Specialty, leading provider of learning environments, supplies and curriculum materials for […]

  • Drumroll Please. The 2022 Crystal Apple Award Winners Are…

    Incredible nominations describing amazing teachers poured in. Thousands of votes were cast. Now, the time has come to reveal the winners of the School Specialty Crystal Apple awards. The contest, in its 8th year, invites educators and school communities to nominate deserving teachers who […]

  • School Specialty and CFP Foundation Team Up to Transform Media Centers at Three Indianapolis Schools

    This January, the Georgia Bulldogs won the College Football Playoff National Championship, but they weren’t the only big winners in Indianapolis. School Specialty, in partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation (CFP Foundation) and the Indianapolis Host Committee, helped […]