Family-Owned Schools: Values – by Dr. David A. Wells

There are several non-economic factors that distinguish family-owned schools from those with other ownership structures.  One such unique and distinguishing factor is the “Values” held by school owners.  Values particular to the Founder or the family-owners often permeate the school’s organization and operation.  It is very common that family-owners have a strong desire to infuse their values into the school’s culture, and considerable attention is paid to preserving, celebrating, and perpetuating these values in the life of the school, as an essential facet of the owner’s non-economic investment and legacy.

“The importance of family values as the pillars of the family business’s culture… enabling the company to be differentiated from other enterprises” (Aronoff, 2004).

Often, the dominant role of the Founder of the school, during the entrepreneurial stage of the school’s development, and in subsequent phases, frames a culture within which the inculcation and propagation of the owner’s values become powerful cultural drivers within the school.

This reality has been observed first-hand in several contexts, but never more powerfully than in the DelCampo International School, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  This Consultant had the opportunity to accompany the school’s Founder, Orietta Facusse in the process of articulating the values she holds and seeks to celebrate and propagate in DCIS.  One such value, that is self-evident in DCIS’s culture, is the Founder’s passionately-held value of the “essential worth of the individual”.

“At DCIS, we believe that an individual has intrinsic worth, and that this worth is not dependent upon the individual’s ability, intellect, capacity, attributes, or even potential.  Rather, we value integral development of the individual, helping and permitting for each individual to reach his/her personal potential” (DCIS Board Policy).

This value drove the Founder, and those in her leadership circle, to develop the DelCampo International Academy, a “school within the school” that provides unique and specialized programs and services permitting students who had never been successful in traditional school programs to succeed and flourish.  Development of the “Academy” was a risk and a challenge, considered worthy because of a school culture that firmly values of the essential worth of all individuals.

©2018 David A. Wells, Ed.D.

Governance Training in Bucaramanga, Colombia

Dr. David A. Wells, Executive and Managing Consultant of the GLOBAL School Consultant Group, is honored to provide governance training to the Board of the Colegio Panamericana (, of Bucaramanga, Colombia.  The Board of Director’s reports to the General Assembly of Parents, and is responsible for governance of the school, including oversight of the work of the school’s director.

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The Colegio Panamericano is a progressive, non-profit educational community with a global perspective offering both Colombian and U.S. diplomas.  The school’s rigorous curriculum and exemplary faculty empower students to develop their intellectual, physical, and ethical potentials in preparation for a quality university education and successful life.

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GLOBAL Provides Organizational Assessment for MEDA

Dr. David A. Wells is honored to have the opportunity to bring together and manage a team of executive-level consultants that has been contracted by “Exalting Christ in Honduras” to conduct a comprehensive organizational assessment of Ministerios Evangélicos de las Americas (MEDA), based in Siguatepeque, Honduras. The consulting team is composed of Alfredo Umaña, Dr. Stephen Robinson, and Wayne Lynch.

MEDA provides conference and training programs, focused on pastoral training and church strengthening, for the purpose of developing pastors and church leaders.  Currently, more than 100 churches send leaders to MEDA for training.


MEDA’s mission is to promote the exaltation of Jesus Christ in Latin America through the Spirit-filled, powerful, passionate and precise preaching of His Word.  This is accomplished by training church leaders through sound biblical exegesis to exalt Christ in their lives and in their preaching.  MEDA offers two pastoral training and two church-strengthening programs: The Seminary for Expository Preaching (SEPE), The Institute for Pastoral Ministries, conferences for all church leaders, and The Institute for Women’s Ministries.

Supporting Quality Education in the Galapagos

Dr. David A. Wells, Executive & Managing Consultant

Dr. David A. Wells, Executive and Managing Consultant of the GLOBAL School Consulting Group is pleased to provide accreditation consulting services to the Tomas de Berlanga School / Scalesia Foundation on Santa Cruz Island, in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.

The school was founded in 1994 as an expression of a conviction that improved education was a prerequisite to a more sustainable Galapagos.  The philosophy of the school is based on a commitment to the development of critical thinking, bilingualism, high academic standards, and experiential learning.  A hallmark of the school is a privately funded need-based scholarship program, making the school’s program available to students of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

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Assessing the Value of Accreditation

Dr. David A. Wells, Executive & Managing Consultant

Dr. David A. Wells is honored to be providing consultative support to the leadership of the Colegio Bilingüe de Panamá, as they assess the benefits and challenges of seeking accreditation through one of the recognized international accrediting agencies.  The school is currently authorized by the Ministry of Education of Panama (MEDUCA), certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001), and is a “Leader in Me” school.  Among the purposes of the Colegio Bilingüe de Panama is to provide a high quality, bilingual educational experience for students, and to develop individuals with individuals with values and moral principles, equipped to be change-agents in society.

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