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Student Services

Our Vision

The students of Walden Middle School successfully navigate today and tomorrow’s ever-changing world as confident and resilient learners, leaders, and empathic diverse citizens. 

Our Mission

Advocating for all students and standing by each one to promote high expectations and success, the school counselors at Walden Middle School enhance the Comprehensive School Counseling Program through a proactive, collaborative approach to ensure equity and access for each unique student.  Supported by a devoted staff and invested parents, the Walden School Counseling Program ensures that all students are engaged in academic, social/emotional and career development.

Counseling Team

Ricardo Ochoa came to Park Hill in 2022 after teaching and counseling in Kansas City public schools. He earned his master's degree from Kansas State University and bachelor's degree from Ottawa University. He also served 17 years in the military and has an AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy.



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Kara Lane came to Park Hill in 2020.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a Spanish Minor in 2005 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  She received her Master’s Degree in K-12 School Counseling in 2015 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has worked as an elementary Spanish teacher, elementary school counselor and as a middle school counselor.  She enjoys spending time with family and cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers! GO BIG RED! 

Social Worker

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Katherine Tormey Kraai began working in the Park Hill School District in 2010 as a school social worker. Mrs. Tormey Kraai received her undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and a masters degree in Social Work from UMKC. Prior to coming to Park Hill she worked in other school districts, as well as two crisis centers for children and adults.


Responsive Services

In middle school, students have an increased need of social and emotional development.  In order to best meet these needs, school counselors and social workers are available to work with students for brief individual counseling, small group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, and referrals.  We work together with parents and guardians to support all students. 

Contact your school counselor if you or your student are in need of responsive services.


Mental Health and Healthy Living

Here are some resources for you. Be sure to visit Student and Family Support on the district website for additional resources. 


Ricardo Ochoa

Kara Lane

Katherine Tormey Kraai
Social Worker

Counseling Curriculum

School Counselors teach lessons on Academic, Personal/Social, and Career Development.  This is done through the Life Education Course.

Head to the district website to read about our counseling curriculum. 


Individual Student Planning

The Individual Student Planning (ISP) is a program component of the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program that assists all students with educational/career planning, educational transitioning, and self-appraisal for decision making.  ISP is vital to every student's college and career readiness development grades K-12.

An Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) is a “roadmap” to help students develop the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to create their own meaningful pathways to be success-ready graduates.

Here is a sample ICAP

Head to Naviance to dive into your College & Career Portfolio.