Friday photos: Hill Walker
Has one of the gods of EBD changed over the years?
When I think about people who have contributed substanially to special education, I want to nominate Hill Walker as a winner. I’ve known Hill since 1973, and I wish I’d been able to consult with him earlier. He’s a long-standing (maybe founding) behavior analyst. At first meeing, he looked something like the following photo.
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This next photo is what Hill calls, “the after shot.” These days, his publicist posts photos like this.
I have other intermediate photos around the 1980s-90s at my house with friends. They are not particularly good photos, so I shan’t add them here.
Regardless of the images’ importance, let me relate a bit about how Hill affected my academic trajectory. Not only did he coach me through my master’s thesis, but he also recognized Pat Lloyd’s competence and got her appointed to a state-wide advisory board about EBD. I am so very proud of their relationship.
But, sentient readers should also understand that, regardless of which photo one views, the road to understanding EBD has been surveyd and paved by Hill Walker. He is among the royalty. He learned from great peeps and he passed along (thank you!) his learning with kindneess, consideration, humilty, and humor.
Hill told me that some of these photos show “before and after.” Okay. Sure, things change over time. Hair styles. Clothing. etc. But Hill’s allegience to evidence has not wavered. Hill has been true throughout his career. He has dedicated his professional life to making things better for kids with behavior disorders and their families.
Hill was one of the most valuable teachers I had.
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