Title: Speech-Language Pathologist
Company: New York City Board of Education District 75
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Robert J. Williams Jr., PhD, MPH, Speech-Language Pathologist at the New York City Board of Education District 75, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in speech-language pathology.
Dr. Williams first discovered his difficulty in hearing when completing work for a high school phonetics class. Upon seeing a professional to help work through his hearing issues, it was then that he considered how many other people might have trouble hearing. This realization prompted Dr. Williams to professionally pursue a career in speech pathology. In 1972, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech and English from the Brooklyn College of City University. In the following years, he furthered his education with a Master’s in communication disorders from Emerson College and a Doctor of Philosophy in speech-language pathology and audiology. Later, in 1985, he acquired a Master of Public Health in health administration from Columbia University. Dr. Williams additionally holds a certificate of advanced studies in educational administration and supervision of special education, as well as a certificate of advanced studies in school district administration.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Williams has brought his expertise to several different locations. Early on, from 1980 until 1990, he acted as the associate coordinator for the Harlem Hospital Speech and Hearing Center at Columbia University. In 1992, he took on the role of a tenured speech-language pathologist at the Atlanta Public Schools. He remained there until 1996, which is when he began working with the Symphony Rehabilitation Service alongside his position as the chairperson of the Bridge Street Affiliated Community Corporations and Programs. He upholds that role today, as well as his positions as a teacher of speech improvement at PS 396 and an adjunct assistant professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Looking back on his years of success, Dr. Williams believes his myriad achievements are the result of the support from his parents. His mother was especially encouraging, as was his faith. In light of his accomplishments, he has been generously lauded. In 1990, he was notably inducted into the National Distinguished Service Registry in Speech-Language Pathology by the Library of Congress. In later years, he earned the Pioneer Award in Assistive Technology by the Program for Exceptional Children at the John F. Kennedy School, as well as an Outstanding Leadership Award from the New York City Department of Education. In the coming years, Dr. Williams looks forward to continuing to advocate for children through his work.
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