Deb Welch Senior Consultant

Deb Welch is a Senior Consultant for our International Schools Practice Group.

Previous Experience

For five years, Deb served as CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH), a leading organization among international schools. Her experience working in independent schools is deep and varied. She was the Director of American School of Doha in Qatar, as well as Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Development then Deputy Head of School at International School Bangkok.

In addition, Deb’s background includes work in staff and professional development. She was the Deputy Director of Director of Staff Development for the Northern Colorado Board of Educational Services, and the Director of Teacher Training at Boulder Valley Schools (CO), where she also taught English. She has also significant consulting experience, having founded Common Ground Consulting and working as an independent consultant for various international schools.

She chaired the development and publication of “The Leadership Playbook” that outlines standards and competencies for international school heads and she is a founding member of the International Task Force on Child Protection. Boards she has served on include the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA), International School of Denver, and Children of Haiti Project. She has presented on behalf of numerous organizations, including NESA, East Asia Regional Council Of Schools (EARCOS), Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), and more.

Education & Interests

Deb received her B.A. (English and Sociology), Superintendent and Administrator Certificate, and M.A. (Curriculum and Instruction) from University of Colorado, and earned her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute.

Deb loves hiking the trails outside of her home in Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their dog, River.  She enjoys reading, learning about new things, and exploring the world with her family.