There is No Substitute for Experience.

As a leader in design and construction for K-12 schools, we know projects are not a "one size fits all" approach. Every district's needs are unique. Our passionate and collaborative Educational Planners share decades of experience in public education. They listen and provide a peer perspective to help achieve excellent outcomes for our customers. 

Architects and Educational Planners Working on a Project

Our Approach

Understanding that programming precedes design, we employ educational planners as essential team members of our design team. We examine educational needs, growth capacity, current infrastructure, learning environment, safety, accessibility, curricular enhancement, technology, community areas, site traffic flow, and space needs for special education offerings as part of our programmatic facility study process and reporting.

Meet our Educational Planners

Our Educational Planners bring a qualified, peer perspective based on decades of experience serving as educators and administrators in public schools. Maryanne and Kent have served as teachers, principals, guidance counselors, in curriculum, and assistant superintendents or superintendents. They've experienced first-hand successful referendum campaigns and design and construction projects. Knowing that programming precedes design, our architects work closely with our educational planners and customers in the master planning process. 

 

Maryanne McMahon

Maryanne joined Performance Services after working in public education for 34 years. In the role of educational planner, Maryanne works closely with the architectural group and customers to define programming requirements for facility studies. She was an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum and instruction consultant, director of elementary education, and assistant superintendent for teaching and learning during her career. Maryanne has experience with successful capital project referendum campaigns.

Maryanne McMahon

Educational Planner

 

Kent DeKoninck

Kent joined Performance Services in June of 2021 after working in public education for 33 years. In the role of educational planner, Kent works closely with the architectural group to define programming requirements for educational facility studies and projects. During his career, he was a junior/high school teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, director of personnel, assistant superintendent, and superintendent during his career. Kent has experience with leading bond issue projects for new construction.

Kent DeKoninck 

Educational Planner

Educational Planner Role and the Value They Bring

  • Extensive discussions at leadership and user group levels to identify program needs and priorities
  • Collaborate with architects and customers on the development of the space program
  • Analyze educational adequacy of design solutions and provide input
  • Attend school board meeting updates as requested
  • Provide educational information to the school board on trends
  • Participate in planning committee sessions

Built to last.

We care about the longevity of our projects and challenge our team to think about how the final product will look and function decades into the future. We are committed to delivering an excellent customer experience by leading with programming and executing the strategy behind it. 

Programming Precedes Design

We partner with you to provide an excellent process and outcome. As such, we know educational planning drives informed decisions in conjunction with design and construction for renovations and new-build projects. Ready to learn more about the benefits of building with a program-led focus? Our Performance Services design team is here to help. Connect with us to see how we can help make your next building project a success.