Board of Trustees

Hannah West

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Hannah has been part of the Walden family since the very beginning.  She grew up in Utah and adores the recreation and unique scenery it has to offer and utilizes it often. She has studied at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University and MATC. Her favorite subjects include Liberal Arts, Anthropology, Sociology and Photography.  She has participated as a photojournalist and also worked for Foundry Photojournalism Workshop around the world each summer for several years. She loves photography, music, hiking, camping and scuba diving (and her dogs of course). Above anything else, she loves traveling. Some of her travels have included India, Thailand, Mexico, Turkey, Europe, Argentina, Ecuador, South Africa, Guatemala and Fiji.  She loves to chaperone Walkabout and school trips, mentor students, and does a little bit of everything. Hannah serves as the school High School Director and as a non-voting board of trustee member.  She has loved her time at Walden and looks forward to the many adventures of working with our awesome faculty and students on a daily basis.

You can contact Hannah via email with any questions related to the High School Program. HS policy, HS parent-school communications, HS administrative concerns and student affairs. 

Sharon Beecroft

Sharon spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) collecting seashells and climbing trees. Nearly 14 years ago she moved to Utah to study and ended up staying. Sharon has been a part of Walden since it's early beginnings. She has two sons who both attend Walden. Sharon enjoys traveling, running and reading books in the sunshine. She has taught Yearbook, Running and Sewing classes at Walden.

Sharon Beecroft has been educator for over a decade.  Her degree is in History Secondary Education, but her role at Walden for the past many years has been primarily in administration.  Sharon has filled the role of Business Manager, HR Director and more. She currently is the middle school director and serves on the board of trustees as the secretary and middle school representative. Sharon is world traveler, taking time to visit exotic and far away places on a yearly basis.  She loves yoga and spending time with her family. 


Phone: 801-655-5889

Diana West

Diana grew up in Northwest Washington. She misses the forests and ocean, although she’s happy to have escaped the rain. She came to Provo to go to BYU and never managed to escape. She has been able to travel extensively and loves trekking with Walden’s amazing students and faculty to places like India, Turkey, and Guatemala. Diana has worked in education for 24 years in both the public and private sectors, as a pre-­‐school teacher, a Montessori literacy teacher, a high school English teacher, and as an instructor at Brigham Young University, where she taught Freshmen English and Instructional Methods courses to pre-­‐service teachers. She earned her B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning at Brigham Young University, where she completed doctoral work in Instructional Psychology, and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University. Diana has served as Director of Walden School of Liberal Arts since it’s inception in June 2003.  She currently splits her time between Walden in Provo, and a magical historic home in Logan, Utah. She loves being at Walden and spending time with her five children and granddaughters, Eloise and Diana. By the time the Fall 2013 semester begins, she will be married to Bruce, her mad-­‐scientist fiancé who teaches at USU and is doing his best to turn her into a gardener.  

Justin Kennington


Justin Kennington is entering his 20thyear as an educator and administrator having worked as a headmaster, Upper School and Middle School Supervisor, English teacher and department chair, Shakespeare coach, improvisation teacher, ballroom instructor, and best of­‐fishing instructor. He has also worked in a variety of institutions including private schools, charter schools, colleges and universities in the area. Credentialed and licensed in Utah through the ARL program, he continues to develop his pedagogy graduating with his BA from BYU and MA from the Breadloaf School of English. He is currently ABD (all but dissertation) in the PhD program at Idaho State University where he anticipates, health permitting, on defending his dual dissertation “Shakespeare’s Illogical Fallacy” and “Improv-­‐ing Writing” in August 2014. In his second year at Walden, “Mr. K.” is excited to work with and for great people in a great liberal arts school. In addition to teaching AP Lit. for Walden, he and fellow Waldonian Gwen Dutcher continue to develop a Shakespeare and theater program for middle and upper schools.  

Lois Bobo

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Lois is a Utah native, having lived most of her life along the Wasatch Front.  She has also briefly lived in places including Indiana, Paris and Helsinki.  She has been an educator for over three decades, teaching early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and college level classes.  Her bachelor's degree, from Regis University, is in Early Childhood and Montessori Education.  Lois also holds a M.Ed. In Educational Leadership and a Ph.D in Instructional Psychology and Technology.   After almost a decade at Western Governors University where, among other things, she was chair of the Elementary and Early Childhood Teacher Education programs, Lois came to Walden as the Director of the Elementary programs. She now serves as the school's Executive Director.