Founder Clay Daniel is a graduate of Harvard University and Dallas Theological Seminary. After five years as a campus minister working with Yale students, he returned to the field of education in 2008 and founded Clayborne in 2009 because he saw the promise of a powerful recipe: one part one-to-one test preparation; one part consummately flexible program; one part relentlessly responsive team of tutors. Also, he just really loves these tests! It’s like Christmas every time a new one comes out. But he also loves coaching students to the successful realization of their dreams. In his free time, Clay enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, playing and watching sports, and playing Scrabble, for which he has a national ranking (translation: he has spent way too much time playing Scrabble).

Clay’s credentials in test preparation:

• 10+ years in test preparation with the SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT
• Perfect GRE score (old GRE twice; new GRE once)
• Perfect GMAT score
• 178 LSAT score (99th percentile)
• SAT 2360 (800 CR, 800 M, 760 W)
• ACT 36 (36E, 36M, 36R, 36S)

Co-owner and Chief Operations Officer Lee Elberson was born and raised in southern Louisiana. He joined the Marines at age 17 in an effort to find some discipline in his life. Well, he found it and went on to graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in physics and was inducted into the honors society Sigma Pi Sigma. He did his graduate work at the University of Maryland in atomic physics attempting to shape molecules using custom lasers. He did further research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on relativistic electron transport in a laser-induced plasma, i.e. using big lasers to make small stars.  

Needless to say, Lee has a love for all things quantifiable. He is an energetic person who has a passion for educating others and he enjoys coaching young adults to achieve their goals. Lee is committed to engaging Charlottesville's community and providing the best possible future for its residents. When not working, you will find him volunteering with Community Investment Collaborative, a local non-profit where Lee teaches entrepreneurs to develop the tools to start and maintain a successful business. You may see Lee at networking events or pitching a new business idea. For fun, Lee enjoys high intensity interval training, playing strategy games, watching Imax 3D movies, or creating some ridiculously intricate spreadsheet.  


College Entrance Exam Program Manager Scott Webster began working for Clayborne in 2012.  Having worked in the IT industry for a few years as a Software Quality Analyst, he decided to take a leap of faith and pursue his true passion of teaching. Bringing his experience in product quality assurance and in SAT/ACT tutoring to bear, he now manages client/tutor interactions and ensures that Clayborne families realize their academic goals. He continues to tutor SAT and ACT even as he manages clients, students, and tutors.  He joined the ownership team in 2017 and continues to coach students and oversee all SAT and ACT programs.  In his free time, Scott enjoys reading classics, chucking the disc, planning out his garden, and going on adventures with his wife and adorable little girls.