Stephanie Young


Stephanie Young is beginning her eighth year teaching Language Arts at Walden.  She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in English Education and immediately looked for a job that was different from the mainstream teaching of the exact same thing, six times a day.  After interviewing with Walden, she knew she'd found a place to call home.  

Stephanie is a lover of almost any book, both fiction and non-fiction, but mostly enjoys fantasy and science fiction.  In her spare time, she also enjoys writing, cooking, baking and playing with her two young children, Paisley and Parker.  

Stephanie, her husband, Rhett, Paisley and Parker, moved around the country from 2013-2017. They landed in New York, Texas, Florida, and New Mexico before finally ending up back in Utah.  The family is thrilled to be back in Utah so the kids can attend Walden and Stephanie can be back working with Middle School!  Stephanie loves the uniqueness of Walden, it's smaller class sizes and the ability it has to offer individualized education to all it's students.  She hopes to help all students find a safe place at Walden. 

Lara Candland

Lara Candland has taught literature, creative writing, and English composition at colleges and universities from coast to coast, including the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.  After her first child enrolled at Walden more than ten years ago, Candland began her adventure teaching high school language arts.  At Walden, she teaches Language and Literature, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, Language and Literature, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Creative Writing, Poetry, and Locavore Cooking and Writing.  Candland has a passion for supporting students in finding authenticity in their writing and ways to share and publish their work.  She has served on the international Teacher Advisory Board for Scholastic's Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and is committed to increasing equality of access in public education for all students.

An award winning poet and playwright, Candland is the author of Alburnum of the Green and Living Tree (BlazeVox, 2010) and the forthcoming The Lapidary's Nosegay (Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, January 2018).  Her work can be found in many journals and literary publications.  She holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, Mills College, and a doctorate in Literature and Creative Writing (poetry) from the University of Utah.  


Derek Henderson

Derek is a poet and parent of many. He is originally from Kansas, Michigan, California, Ohio, North Carolina, Japan, and Iowa (mostly Michigan), but has called Utah his home since 2003. He received his BA in English from the University of Iowa in 2003, his MFA in Poetry from the University of Utah in 2005, and his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the U in 2011. Before arriving at Walden, he taught English and Creative Writing at the U, UVU, and Utah State University. He is the author of three books of poetry (Inconsequentia (2010), Thus & (2011), and Songs (2014)), and his poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, kids, cats and pug.