Walter Enloe (1949-2022) was Gordon B. Sanders Professor of Education at Hamline University. A teacher for over forty years, he began his work at Eckerd College, where he was elected Director of Academic Affairs and President of the Student Association. He then taught K-12 for nine years at the progressive Paideia School in Atlanta and for two years co-directed the Normative Child Development Rotation at Emory’s School of Medicine.
In 1980 he moved to Japan, where he first lived from age 12-17, to become Headmaster and teacher of Hiroshima International School. Over the next eight years he led the school through accreditation, the building of a permanent facility, and the establishment of programs, including the internationally acclaimed Thousand Cranes Club.
He came to the University of Minnesota in 1988 as Senior Fellow in Global Education, leading the National Models School Project working with rural school districts internationalizing their academic programs. He also worked in the Institute of International Studies with Minneapolis and St. Paul schools.
At Hamline since 1995, he co-developed the master’s and doctor’s learning community program. His many collaborative publications include Learning Circles (1998), The Coolest School in America (2006) and several books for students and teachers on Hiroshima, Nagasaki and building cultures of nonviolence and peace.
For many years he was a consultant for creating innovative schools and was the founding consultant for Twin Cities Academy and Avalon School (Inside Avalon: Creating and Sustaining a Learning Community, 2012).
Walter’s wife Kitty and their children Isaac and Serene are teachers.
Walter passed away April 1, 2022. Read his obituary.