JaNae was born in Washington but has grown up and lived most of her life in Utah County. She and her 5 siblings are adopted and she has enjoyed growing up with a "colorful" family. JaNae graduated with a bachelors in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and a Master's in Social Work from University of Texas Arlington. She has a passion for working with individuals and their families. She has experience working in residential treatment with adolescent boys and girls. She has knowledge in evidenced-based treatment models including CBT and DBT and helping individuals and their families as they work through depression, anxiety, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, crisis intervention and attachment issues. She loves connecting with people and building relationships both at work and in her life. She is known for her fun demeanor, which often helps others to feel at ease around her. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 7 month old son. She loves animals, playing sports and being in the outdoors.
Orlinda Vazquez is a mother and a teacher. This is her first year at Walden.
Orlinda has always had an interest in working with children and their learning. Although born and raised in Utah, Orlinda spent 10 years in California after high school working and going to school. She graduated from California State Long Beach, where she spent most of her last two years taking elementary education courses, volunteering at various elementary schools, and working as an assistant at a Montessori school in Laguna Niguel.
Orlinda has a passion for helping children learn all subjects, but has a special interest in guiding children in health and personal growth. It is her goal to have all children succeed and feel successful.
Vanessa graduated with her Bachelor's in Psychology with an emphasis in education in 2004. She has directed and taught at her own preschool program and is currently loving the "Montessori and Me infant and toddler" parent/child class this year. She is beyond happy to be apart of the Walden family volunteering/teaching for the past 5 years. Vanessa enjoys singing, hiking, yoga, meditating and taking her kids on adventures!
Sage has taught early childhood, lower elementary, music, and child development at Walden. She graduated from BYU in 2005 with a BA in Humanities and Art History. Her love of Montessori led her to Walden and the pursuit of her Montessori and Utah Education credentials.
Sage loves to knit, spin wool, garden, and learn new things.
Buzz has been teaching for 16 years. He taught in Oregon, Colorado, and Japan before landing at Walden. Buzz holds a Master of Arts degree in elementary and early childhood development. He has been the team lead in the upper elementary since the beginning of Walden’s elementary program over a decade ago and is an incredibly gifted educator.
Sandi Park began her journey as an educator with a license in secondary history teaching, but when she landed at Walden, she found her place as an upper elementary teacher where she has been for four years. She had an elementary teaching license. Sandi loves being part of the Walden faculty where she has the opportunity and support to find unique ways to help each student.
Alicia is a highly qualified educator who recently joined the Walden faculty. She brings a wealth of knowledge and is a greatly appreciated addition to the classroom.
Rachel is one of the longest teaching Montessorians in the State of Utah (approximately 30 years) and an active musician. We feel very lucky to have her knowledge and experience at Walden School. Rachel has been at Walden for four years and is teaching with authorization from the State Office of Education.