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Office Staff

Denise Hood serves as the Assistant to the Principal at Walden Middle School.  She is from St. Louis, Missouri, but now calls Kansas City her home. Denise graduated from the University of Missouri in 2010 with her Bachelor's in Art History and Archaeology. 




Collette Stevens graduated from Park University in 2001 with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education but chose to be a stay-at-home mom to her 3 kids for 11 years before returning to work. She has worked for the PH school district since 2013. Collette currently serves as the administrative assistant to the assistant principal and the Walden registrar.



photo of Mari Brandao

Mari Brandao graduated from Texas Tech in 2000. After being a stay-at-home mom to 3 great kids, Mari worked for a school district in Texas before moving to Kansas City in 2013.  She has loved KC from the start and has become a Chiefs, Royals, and Sporting KC fan!  Mari has been at Congress Middle School as an administrative assistant for the past six years, and has thoroughly enjoyed working with middle schoolers. She looks forward to meeting you at Walden and hopes to create a warm Jaguar community with you soon!