High School

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 Hannah@waldenschool.us with any questions related to the High School Program. HS policy, HS parent-school communications, HS administrative concerns and student affairs. 

Emily Mower

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Emily Mower was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and therefore loves trees. She learned Spanish on a college study abroad to Universidad Viña del Mar in Chile and later served as a missionary in Honduras for 18 months. Emily truly believes that monolingualism can be cured. She graduated with a Bachelors in Spanish Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a Masters of Second Language Teaching from Utah State University. Her teaching experience ranges from teaching middle school in North Carolina to high school in Las Vegas to college at USU.

An obsessor of musical theater, Emily's life revolves around music: composing, performing, accompanying, all the things. In 2018 she had the incredible privilege to be an interpreter for a 3-week international orchestra tour in Italy with musicians from 15 countries. Emily absolutely loves food, both eating it and making it. Her hero is Marie Kondo.

McKay Lenker


McKay was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She moved to Utah to attend BYU and study Art Education. McKay has taught several community art classes in Provo, mainly to students with special needs or those battling poverty and homelessness. McKay founded, and continues to run, the art program at Provo's homeless shelter. She also works with Downtown Provo Inc. to help bring more art to downtown. In addition to teaching, McKay is very involved in the local punk music scene. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her ugly bike, rock climbing, going to punk shows, watching movies, and hanging out with homeless people. McKay works primarily with paint, mixed media, and installation work. 

Kat Moulton


Kat Moulton has always loved learning. Her mom is a high school English teacher and her dad an editor, so academia is in her blood. She has lived in England, New York City, and Montana, but spent most of her life here in Provo and loves this valley and these mountains. She is passionate about the English language, reading, fairy tales and folklore, folk dance, theatre, and history. She is so excited to be a part of the wonderful environment here at Walden, and to help your students grow and learn.

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.

Gygi Koster

Gygi Koster received her Ashtanga Yoga Teaching Certification through It’s Yoga in 2004.  During that she learned fundamentals of yoga such as deep breathing, traditional yoga poses, relaxation, meditation and anatomy.  She has also studied several other types of yoga such as; Iyengar, Restorative, Prenatal and has received teaching certification for kid's yoga.  She has 400+ hours in training and over 1,000 hours in teaching experience.  Gygi has been teaching yoga to children for 6 years, and specifically high school students for 4yrs. 

Josh Faulkner

Joshua Faulkner has been teaching math, engineering, and music classes for over a decade and has been at Walden nearly as long.  He graduated from the University of Utah in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering (BS EE) where he had a main focus on antennas and other communication devices.  In the summer of 2008 he graduated from Utah State University with a Master's Degree in Secondary Education (M. Ed.).  He currently holds a Level 2 teaching license with a level 4 math endorsement. During his time at Walden,  Joshua has taught a wide variety of classes at Walden, including Secondary Math II, Secondary Math III, Math SL, Algebra I, Algebra II, Discrete Mathematics, Pre Calculus, AP Calculus AB, The Math of San Francisco, Introduction to Electronics, Electronic Music, Beginning Guitar, Song Writing I, Song Writing II, Electrical Engineering, The History of Video Gaming, Experimental Music, The History of Recording and Musical Analysis, The History of Music and Recording Techniques, and Conspiracy Theories. Joshua likes to build and design electronics, convert obsolete computer equipment into musical instruments, and create music. He just finished writing a graphic novel and electro-scifi concept album based on the graphic novel's story.

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