Madeleine Maceda Heide Senior Consultant

Madeleine is a Senior Consultant in our International Schools Practice.

Previous Experience

Madeleine has held a variety of leadership positions in international schools and organizations around the world, including Argentina, Ecuador, India, Hong Kong, Belgium, Taiwan, Philippines, the U.S., and Canada, displaying her astute ability to understand and support diverse communities.

Madeleine served for three years as the Superintendent at the Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln American International School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Under her leadership, the institution thrived, despite the global pandemic, developing a new mission and strategic plan in line with new accreditation standards, expanding partnerships with local government offices, creating a master facilities plan, and revising the scholarship program. Madeleine also served for six years as the Director of Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, Ecuador, where she spearheaded improvements in strategic planning, inclusive education, technology and innovation, and parent partnership.

Prior to Cotopaxi, Madeleine served for five years as Assistant Superintendent and Secondary School Campus Head at the American School of Bombay in India where she led board policy efforts, coordinated school wide teaching and learning goals with professional development plans, and initiated a teacher training program for local schools. She served for eight years as Principal of the Lower Primary Division of Hong Kong International School in China where she instituted pathways for teacher leadership, professional learning, and parent advisory work. She was Founding Head of the Early Childhood Center at the International School of Brussels for six years where she led the design and construction of one of the first dedicated early childhood facilities in the international school world. Madeleine also worked for three years as the Educational Coordinator of HSI-Head Start, serving low-income families in a six-county program across southern Indiana.

Madeleine’s career includes being an intern at UNICEF, teaching at Taipei American School, Makati International Nursery School, Ateneo de Manila Grade School, Indiana University School of Education, and Boston University, as well as at the Teacher Training Center for International School Educators. She was a board member of the Association of American Schools in South America (AMISA) and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), and she sat on the advisory committee for the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA). She currently serves on the board of the newly started Association for the Advancement of Instructional Coaching in International Schools (AAICIS) and is also a mentor for the Association for Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC).

Madeleine currently serves as the Lead Facilitator for Women in Leadership with AMISA, showcasing her commitment to fostering and supporting women in leadership positions, and continues to mentor and sponsor aspiring leaders.

Education & Interests

Madeleine has two advanced graduate degrees from Indiana University – an Ed.S. in Reading and Language Education and a MS.Ed. in Early Childhood Education – in addition to her bachelor's degree in Family Life and Child Development from the University of the Philippines.

Growing up in the Philippines with her Filipino father and Canadian mother, Madeleine was grounded in her identity as a woman of color with a rich multicultural heritage that continues to influence her personal and professional life. After a lifetime as a global nomad, Madeleine is expanding her identity as a modern elder and long-life learner, having recently replanted herself in southern Ontario, Canada, where she lives with her ethnomusicologist husband. Madeleine enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, and traveling; appreciates all forms of art, including music, film, and theater; and loves spending time with her daughter.