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Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight–Meet John Bridell

Welcome to Employee Spotlight. For this edition of our Employee Spotlight series, get to know Teshome Balkew. “Teshome Balkew has worked for Smith System since May 8, 2012 and was later promoted to production lead. Since day one, Teshome has done an outstanding job. Teshome is a stand out employee that always leads by example. He continues to look for ways to improve 5s and production. I am so thankful that Teshome is part of the Smith System Manufacturing Team.” –Raul Gonzalez, Production Manager
Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight–Meet Teshome Balkew

Welcome to Employee Spotlight. For this edition of our Employee Spotlight series, get to know Teshome Balkew. “Teshome Balkew has worked for Smith System since May 8, 2012 and was later promoted to production lead. Since day one, Teshome has done an outstanding job. Teshome is a stand out employee that always leads by example. He continues to look for ways to improve 5s and production. I am so thankful that Teshome is part of the Smith System Manufacturing Team.” –Raul Gonzalez, Production Manager
Education Trend

Write-on! The Benefits of Using Traditional Whiteboards in K-12 Schools

Maximizing student engagement is a never-ending quest. But research suggests one answer is literally written on the walls: traditional classroom whiteboards. Also known as dry-erase boards or marker boards, whiteboards are more popular than ever.
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Technology is Transforming Art Classrooms (and Upping the Fun)

Move over macaroni necklaces. Technology has landed in K­–12 arts education, and it’s becoming as common in art classrooms as paintbrushes and pastels. Student artists of every age are using tablets and phones to sketch, draw and paint. For art teachers, that technology is fostering students’ 21st-century learning skills. Better yet, it’s upping student engagement in art and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) spaces. This blog gives an overview of how art teachers are using technology in arts curriculum, the benefits, and how art classroom furniture can help students channel their inner muse, whether they’re using traditional and/or high-tech tools.
Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight–Meet Jack Johnson

Welcome to Employee Spotlight. For this edition of our Employee Spotlight series, get to know Jack Johnson. “Jack has been an integral part of our PD&L team at Smith System for the last five years. His hands-on approach and ability to lead our Product Engineering team is what allows us to launch new product twice a year. The skills he possesses are invaluable allowing us to rapid prototype and turn around requests for product modifications in a matter of days. In addition, his infectious sense of humor adds to making Smith System a great place to work." – Randy Kastalanych, Vice President of Operations. Discover what Jack does at Smith System, what he likes most about his job and what he enjoys doing outside of Smith System.
Education Trend

How to Boost Student-Teacher Engagement During Remote Learning

Enjoy These Candid Moments from a Smith System Video Shoot. What do little-ish kids really think about life? We interviewed them, on camera. Smith System is pleased to present a series of short video clips of candid moments with a global group of kids ages 5 to 12. We asked them to share thoughts on their future, learning from home, and just about everything else, from ponies to pantomiming. These one-minute videos will tickle your funny bone and maybe trigger a tear. Watch kids sit, wobble, rock, flop, give a ukulele serenade – and, yes, pantomime. We enjoyed every moment and hope you enjoy watching the three-part series, titled “Ambition,” “Favourite Things” and “School.” Smith Systems thanks all of its superstar participants (and their grown-ups, who are friends and families of our parent company, Steelcase.)
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The Faux Martha Donation Collaboration

Enjoy These Candid Moments from a Smith System Video Shoot. What do little-ish kids really think about life? We interviewed them, on camera. Smith System is pleased to present a series of short video clips of candid moments with a global group of kids ages 5 to 12. We asked them to share thoughts on their future, learning from home, and just about everything else, from ponies to pantomiming. These one-minute videos will tickle your funny bone and maybe trigger a tear. Watch kids sit, wobble, rock, flop, give a ukulele serenade – and, yes, pantomime. We enjoyed every moment and hope you enjoy watching the three-part series, titled “Ambition,” “Favourite Things” and “School.” Smith Systems thanks all of its superstar participants (and their grown-ups, who are friends and families of our parent company, Steelcase.)
Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight–Meet Lauren Weinheimer

Welcome to Employee Spotlight. For this edition of our Employee Spotlight series, get to know Lauren Weinheimer. “Lauren Weinheimer has been with Smith System for 3 ½ years and has done a phenomenal job during her time here. Lauren always strives to improve and grow in her role and was recently promoted to Senior Account Coordinator. Lauren takes fantastic care of her clients, and she supports our less tenured team members throughout the day. Lauren always goes above and beyond to make things right for our clients, and she truly cares about giving her all each and every day. Lauren is a task master; she has an internal clock and is very self-motivated, which drives her to success. I’m so glad Lauren is a part of the team!” –Andrea Nodorft, Manager, Account Services. Discover how Smith System has impacted Lauren's life, her favorite part of the day and her favorite restaurant.
Dealer Updates

New Smith System Product Line – Flowform™

You can be sure that as we continue to serve you, we’re taking every precaution to keep our employees safe. We’ve painted social distancing cues on our shop floors, provided PPE and, among other things, we are performing temperature checks.
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Space of the Week

We've seen how the right tools can help spark inspiration and found that working together with dealers, designers and school systems results in what's best for the school, teacher and student. Each week, we will be featuring an influential space that was created in the past week that inspires a creative and dynamic learning environment.
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Little Kids Talk Life On Our Cameras

Enjoy These Candid Moments from a Smith System Video Shoot. What do little-ish kids really think about life? We interviewed them, on camera. Smith System is pleased to present a series of short video clips of candid moments with a global group of kids ages 5 to 12. We asked them to share thoughts on their future, learning from home, and just about everything else, from ponies to pantomiming. These one-minute videos will tickle your funny bone and maybe trigger a tear. Watch kids sit, wobble, rock, flop, give a ukulele serenade – and, yes, pantomime. We enjoyed every moment and hope you enjoy watching the three-part series, titled “Ambition,” “Favourite Things” and “School.” Smith Systems thanks all of its superstar participants (and their grown-ups, who are friends and families of our parent company, Steelcase.)
Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight–Meet Chalew Mekuria

Welcome to Employee Spotlight. For this edition of our Employee Spotlight series, get to know Chalew Mekuria. “Chalew started working on the Smith System Team in July 2016 and has been an integral part of the Smith System production team since April 2019. Chalew is productivity oriented and uses both consistency and persistence to prevail over the rigorous daily challenges the top production lines present. Chalew has a stern supervision style, however his defining quality is humility; it is truly an honor to work with him.” – Doug Lewis, VP of Manufacturing. Discover the most challenging aspect of Chalew’s job, his favorite vacation spot, and why he chooses to be a member of the Smith System team. 
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