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What is AISH? 

... for Heads, by Heads


A Message from the CEO

If you are the Head or Deputy Head of an International School, then the Academy for International School Heads (AISH) is a vital organization for you to join because of the support given to you to succeed in your position.

As a former deputy head and head of international schools, I can sincerely say that the affiliation with a group of peers is essential. All individual members are virtually connected via a forum on our internal website. Averaging five questions out to the community/day during the school year, colleagues post responses and members get “just in time” information from trusted resources.

Responses are posted, along with other valuable resources such as sample policies and procedures, on a members’ only internal resource bank with a powerful search engine.

Our Professional Development Seminars, such as OASIS Day and Summer Seminar, are on the cutting edge of learning and leading and customized for the International School Head.

AISH developed research-based "Standards of Excellence and Threads of Practice" which describe the knowledge and skills leaders need to reach their potential. In January 2020, we will launch AISH's Leadership Skills and Impact Series, online courses that are mapped to the Standards and Threads.

We take the responsibility of preparing future Heads of school seriously by sponsoring mentor/mentee and coaching programs, and aligning the ”Standards of Excellence and Threads of Practice" to these programs.

As a nonprofit organization created in 1999, by heads and for heads, we have a self-perpetuating board drawn from our individual members.

And it is the membership that makes this organization what it is. Heads of different nationalities, spread across the world, linked together with a common purpose of helping one another succeed as leaders of schools to make a positive difference in the world. The spirit in the organization is one of support, wisdom and warmth. I encourage you to check us out and experience the benefits of being affiliated with a group of peers who share the same vision and commitment to international education and will support you to succeed.

Deborah Welch, Ph.D.

CEO, Academy for International School Heads



Executive Committee


Charles Barder, Retired, United Nations School of Hanoi, Vietnam

Vice President

Chrissie Sorenson, Bavaria International School, Germany


Coreen Hester, Resource Group 175 (RG175), U.S.


Andy Page Smith, American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa


Richard Boerner, Graded School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Forrest Broman, The International Educator, US

Tim Carr, Avenues School, US

Catarina Song Chen, Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Kevin Glass, Atlanta International School, US

Thomas Hawkins, American School of Doha, Qatar

Rachel Hovington, International School of Hannover, Germany

Alan Knobloch, International School of Dakar, Senegal

Vladimir Kuskovski, EF International Academy, New York

Anu Monga, Bangalore International School, India

Sheena Nabholz, Lincoln Community School, Accra Ghana

Eileen Niederman, Mercedes-Benz International School, India

Audrey Peverelli, Lycée Français de New York, US

Tarek Razik, Jakarta Intercultural School, Indonesia

Jeff Trudeau, American International School of Monrovia, Liberia

Martin van der Linde, Lusaka International Community School, Zambia



Deborah Welch, Ph.D., is the CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). She was formerly Director of American School Doha, Qatar, and Deputy Director for Learning at the International School Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to this, she worked in various administrative and teaching positions in Boulder, Colorado, USA. She was also Director of Teacher Training Center (TTC) and a course developer, trainer and consultant for Principals' Training Center (PTC). Deb has been a teacher, curriculum director, staff developer, university instructor and educational consultant. She holds a Ph.D. in human and organizational development and a Master's degree in educational leadership and curriculum.

Administrative Coordinator

Shere Holleman, M.Ed., is the Administrative Coordinator for AISH. Prior to working for AISH, Shere was the Program and Operations Manager at the Learning for Living Institute in Boulder, which offers life skills programs to college students. She was also a Grant Officer for the Hemera Foundation, which supports mindfulness programs for K-12 educators. For 12 years, Shere served as a Program Administrator for Boulder Valley School District, for the Lifelong Learning Program that offered over 600 classes per year to 4500 students. Shere has a Master’s degree in Adult Learning and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She continues to create works of art from her studio in Cortez, Colorado.