Anna’s approach to creating innovative, equitable learning environments is to envision school buildings, infrastructure, and grounds as teaching, learning, and healing tools. Intentionally designed indoor and outdoor physical spaces inspire innovative curriculum development and instructional delivery, engage children, youth, and adults, and support critical deeper learning.
During her 30 year professional career as an educational facilities planner, sustainable design educator, and interior designer, Anna has worked with K-14 schools and school districts, nonprofit agencies, professional associations, and corporations. A frequent presenter at regional, national, and international education conferences, her passion is illuminating how innovative indoor and outdoor learning environments, biophilic design, and sustainable design impact teaching and learning.
At EDI, Anna designs and leads educational facilities planning for education partners and stakeholders who are seeking an alternative to traditional education systems. Critical aspects of her planning process are elevating the voices of children and youth and collaborating with diverse community education partners and stakeholders to co-design a community vision for transforming education. Using a blend of interactive facilitation techniques grounded in experiential learning and design thinking, and guided by the national equity project frameworks, Anna believes that the facilities planning process itself is a powerful tool for sparking and sustaining education transformation.
Anna is an NCIDQ certified interior designer, an accredited learning environments planner (ALEP) and a leadership in energy and environmental design accredited professional (LEED AP). She is currently pursuing her master’s in education leadership (M.Ed.) at the High Tech High, Graduate School of Education.
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