Follett School Solutions’ President Tom Schenck Joins The Language Express Board Of Directors

Encinitas, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2015 – Follett Schools Solutions’ President Tom Schenck has joined The Language Express Board of Directors.  The Language Express develops web-based interactive education software, including the award winning social skills program, The Social Express®.


Schenck joined Follett in 1989 and was appointed president of the Follett School Solutions’ Group (FSS) in April 2014.  Schenck has overall responsibility for preK-12 products and services, including marketing and selling, product management, development, services and product distribution.  FSS employs over 1,300 associates and serves over 70,000 K-12 school institutions with its school management systems and content and services offerings daily.  During his 26-year career at Follett, Schenck has served in many roles, including president of Follett Software Company in 1998, and in 2014 he pioneered the merger of four of Follett’s preK-12 businesses into one organization, Follett School Solutions.


“I have seen numerous innovative companies in my many roles at Follett, and what Marc Zimmerman has created with The Language Express taps into the very direction of the future of education” says Schenck.  “My mandate has always been to create and provide education solutions that help administrators, educators and students achieve their goals.  The Language Express is the type of forward thinking company that realizes this by leveraging technology with learning in a clear, responsible and highly engaging way.”


Marc Zimmerman, CEO of The Language Express, added, “I have been fortunate to know Tom for many years and with his valuable experience and expertise, he can help The Language Express navigate the education market and continue our path to deliver the best education products to schools.”

Schenck has extensive experience in software product development, data analysis, and information technology.  Prior to joining Follett, he co-founded Library Systems and Services Inc., a company that specialized in public library automation software and services.  After selling Library Systems and Services in 1985, Schenck joined the software development team at The Library Corp. and played a key role in the development of product line extensions to Bibliofile. In 1987, he was appointed director of R&D.



About Follett’s PreK-12 Business |

Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to preK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.


About Follett Corporation |

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Ill., Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.


About The Language Express Inc.

The Language Express™, founded in 2008 by parents of autistic twins, is a privately held company based in Encinitas, Calif. The company develops The Social Express™ and other interactive social learning software. The company’s mission is to help children with ADHD, Autism and Asperger’s to improve their lives by teaching social skills using video modeling. Visit the company at


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