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.
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.
Stephen is a musician and record producer. They're in local bands Officer Jenny and Quiet House. They're married to Erika Eddington and have two beautiful cats, Harold and Maude. They love biking around town, playing video games, and watching horror movies.
Alice Waldron graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors degree in Biology, and a minor one Visual Arts. Her niche is combining these two seemingly opposite topics, and bringing them together in a unique, and interactive way. She helped illustrate a field guide of insects of the Mohave Desert, published in October 2016. She has a fine attention to detail, and uses this skill to help others see the beauty of the natural world. She has worked with the Boy Scouts, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and recently the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. She also has field experience working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.
This is Alice’s second year at Walden and she is loving every minute of it. Her goal is to get her Masters in Secondary Education from Utah State University.
As a teacher of songwriting and music production, Stuart brings a great deal of experience to the classroom. He studied music composition at BYU. He’s been writing songs and composing music for over 10 years. In 2010 he was selected as one of 10 composers from the Seattle area to participate in the David Diamond Young Composers’ Workshop. In 2016 he was chosen to receive the Barlow Composer Award, which came with a commission to compose a new work for the BYU Singers, BYU’s premiere choral group. He has written and produced multiple albums of music and has written and arranged songs for Shadow Mountain Records and for numerous independent artists. In 2015 he contributed to 13 separate albums that were released that year
Kathryn has successfully directed many plays at the secondary and college level and has been invited to direct at venues such as the Covey Center in Provo. She has extensive experience in theatrical makeup and film and has been nominated twice for KCACTF for her design work. Additionally, she has worked at various venues as an acting coordinator. She has experience in production management, as a board member of Utah Shakespeare in the Park—a company with which she also directed and acted for five years. Kat’s resume in performance is extensive-- Currently, she is working with Renaissance Now Theater, Film from New York, and the Orem-based Grassroots Shakespeare in separate productions. She has been able to work on film sets in Park City with regional television companies, and has been a writer for Utah Theatre Bloggers for several years now
Grace has a level 2 teaching licence and teaches MS science, but she also conducts Walden’s choir. Grace was originally a music education major who studied choral music at BYU and performed in show choir. She has toured with several music groups. Grace has conducted for many years and founded a women’s chorus in 2003 that is still performing. She also teaches private piano lessons.
Jeanette graduated from BYU with a BS in Education and a level I teaching license. Prior to coming to Walden, she taught Pre-Algebra class and Algebra class at a private school.
Bryan Sours is a humanities teacher for Walden Middle School. He hails from the Buckeye State(Ohio) and moved to Utah in 2012 to teach at Walden. He completed his BA in history from The Ohio State University and his MA in teaching at Liberty University. When not teaching he tries to travel as much and far as possible. He also enjoys cycling to work and eating local food. He has two pets, a cat named Buttercup and a dog named Rembrandt.