02 Aug John Singleton, Ed.D.
Owner & CEO
Dr. John Singleton has 33 years of experience working in education and 17 years of experience in therapeutic school leadership. John’s extensive education experience is steeped in life-changing results and award-winning programs.
John plays several vital roles in the Treatment Industry. He serves as the President of NATSAP, the Therapeutic Industries national professional organization. John also serves on the board of Trustees for the IECA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IECA. Further, John is the Founder and President of the Board of GEMS, which is a non-profit organization & conference. Finally, he serves on the board of directors for the Whetstone Family Foundation.
In early 2000, John’s strong belief in multisensory learning and an individualized approach to education guided him from public school administration into the Program Director role at Stone Mountain School, a therapeutic wilderness boarding school in Black Mountain, NC. A few years later, he used his knowledge and management experience to help establish New Leaf Academy of North Carolina, an all girls’ therapeutic boarding school. By 2006, he became the Executive Director of Cedars Academy in Delaware, a program for Autism Spectrum Disorder students; a role he continued for four years before serving as President and Head of School at Brandon Hall in Atlanta. During his six years at Brandon Hall, he was instrumental in overseeing the school’s 700% growth in student enrollment, facility development and creation of a 21st Century technology enriched learning model. Finally, before he purchased Whetstone in 2016, he was the Director of Business Development at Trails Carolina, a therapeutic wilderness program in Western North Carolina.
John has presented nationally and is published on the subject of Educational Leadership and learning differences. His most recent presentations include: GEMS 2019, NATSAP 2018, CASE-NAIS National Conference Pre-Conference Advancement Master Class, January 2013, Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Philadelphia, PA, May 2011 and Texas A&M University – Southwest Teaching and Learning Conference in 2010.
He has attended Harvard Graduate School of Education – Independent Schools Institute. He has also furthered his studies at Yale Child Study Center in 2008; Minds and Hearts Clinic, Tony Attwood, Ph.D. in 2007; and The Medical University of South Carolina, Russell Barkley, Ph.D. in 2006.
John received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Gardner-Webb University and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2010 from the University of Phoenix. His research was focused on the topic of Educational Leadership and working with students on the Autism Spectrum.
In his spare time, John enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with his family and dogs.