s Furniture Planning and Education Pedagogies

Furniture Planning and Education Pedagogies for Health, Wellness and Learning

Moderated by Jennifer Wammack, BIFMA

Panelists: Dian Paulin, Diversified Educational Systems; Kelly St. Clair, VS America; Lenore Weiss, Spectrum Design, P.C.; Tammy Riggs, Principal, Colonial Elementary School for Botetourt County Public Schools.

Explore how flexible furniture in the school environment fosters different teaching pedagogies and learning modalities. See examples of how furniture can easily switch gears to not only respond to age and developmental need, but promote wellness, safety, and collaboration.



Learning Objectives

  1. Describe what types of furniture foster multiple teaching pedagogies while keeping wellness at top of mind.
  2. Discuss how flexible furnishings can promote learning, wellness, and safety.
  3. Identify which types of furniture and spatial arrangements are conducive to project-based learning.
  4. Illustrate key furnishing features required to promote individual developmental needs that support wellness and student health.

Broadcast Date

November 17, 2022, Noon ET

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Meet the Presenters


Dian Paulin
Diversified Educational Systems
Senior Designer

Dian Paulin is a Senior Designer with DES (Diversified Educational Systems), the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of turn-key facility solutions for learning environments, including modular casework, millwork, furniture, fixtures, and specialty equipment. She is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner and Interior Designer with over 30 years of experience in the field of design, focusing on learning spaces. With a passion for how physical spaces can better support learning and overall wellness of students and teachers, she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Psychology – Applied Developmental Science at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development.


Tammy Riggs
Colonial Elementary School for Botetourt County Public Schools

Tammy is currently the principal at Colonial Elementary School for Botetourt County Public Schools.Tammy received her bachelor’s degree from Radford University and her master’s degree from the University of Virginia.During her career she has taught fourth, second and first grades as well as served asan Assistant Principal.Tammy has been the principal of Colonial Elementary School for the last 20 years.She is most proud of their school winning the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2018.


Kelly St. Clair
VS America
Regional Manager

Kelly is a Regional Manager for VS America in the Mid-Atlantic region. She is a graduate of Radford University in Interior Design and has worked for over 31 years helping create effective work, healthcare and learning spaces. Being a representative for VS has allowed a primary focus in education for 8 years. Kelly and VS have worked with many counties and architectural firms to help realize spaces that foster growth for students.


Lenore Weiss
Spectrum Design

Lenore is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Architecture. Lenore has practiced interior design and architecture for twenty-nine years. Lenore is a principal at Spectrum Design, a mid-sized Architecture and Engineering firm, in Roanoke, VA that specializes in “creating unique environments that enhance our communities,” with a focus on K-12 Education. Throughout her career her passion has been on how people experience space and how the built environment affects individuals’ mental and physical wellness, and their ability to learn.