Ellen Deutscher


Ellen Deutscher is a design thinking and creativity consultant with over 20 years experience teaching public school in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is a teacher coach for the IDEO Teachers Guild and works as an advisor to David Kelley (founder of IDEO and Stanford d.school) in the K12 space.  In 2011, Ellen began her design thinking adventure at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school), where she was a teacher-in-residence.  She has since become both a learner and leader in the world of design thinking and creative confidence, giving workshops at the d.school, throughout the SF Bay Area, and around the country.  While continuing to support others in design thinking, Ellen returned to her classroom in San Carlos where she developed and taught a middle school design thinking program that included a 6th Grade Creative Design Bootcamp class, 7th/8th grade Leadership and Design course, and a lunchtime Maker Space.  Over her career, she’s taught a variety of grades and subjects including 5th grade Language Arts/Social Studies and a self-designed 5th/6th grade Shakespeare class and summer camp, “Shakin’ It Up with Shakespeare.”  Ellen continues to learn, “play,” and iterate with students, educators, and thought leaders from around the globe.