Clayton started with the Nebraska Department of Education in June 2019. Before starting at the department, he served as a superintendent, principal, technology coordinator and teacher in Nebraska school districts for 20 years. Clayton earned his Ed.D. in 2020 from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and has earned degrees from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Peru State College and Central Community College. He lives in Gibbon with his daughter and wife who is the school counselor at Gibbon Public Schools.