Deborah Blume

Deborah Blume

School Counselor

Deb is humbled and thrilled to work with students, families, faculty, community partners in Seattle and her counseling partner Grace Kim.

She has been an educator for thirty years, working in six states and three regions of the country. Deb brings a wealth of experience to Northwest having previously worked in K-12 as a Special Education Teacher, Learning Specialist, Behavior Specialist and School Counselor. She has also taught a master’s level college course. Deb earned her BS and MA from New Mexico State University and holds Licenses in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, K-12 Special Education and K-12 School Counseling. She was nominated teacher of the year when working in Las Cruces, received the principal’s, “Above and Beyond Award,” in Phoenix and was then selected teacher of the year at AJW 2016 in Greenville. In 2020 Deb was South Carolina’s School Counselor of the Year and was recognized at a January ceremony in Washington D.C. Last spring in Portland she was a 2023 PPS Torch Award nominee.

Deb represents her school community at conferences at the local, state, and national level. She has demonstrated her leadership in school counseling by serving on school and district level leader groups, as well as state school counselor boards/committees in OR, SC and AZ.  She is an active member of the American School Counselor Association where she was proud to be selected for service this year on the ASCA National Membership Linkage Committee. She recently joined the Washington School Counseling Association.

Deb has also worked as a professional actor in theatre, commercials and film and is a graduate of the Actors Conservatory in Portland, Oregon. She has even won a film festival award for writing in short film!

Building a data driven program that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of her school community is a passion for Deb. She is also committed to being up to date on professional trends, community climate and issues in school counseling.

Deb brings her many talents to The Northwest School community with a joyful and grateful spirit. Her wellness focus is to, “be well, do good and make change.”