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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

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Sara McGinnis came to the Park Hill School District in 2018, after teaching and counseling for 14 years in a previous district. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Most recently in 2017, Ms. McGinnis became a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist in the state of Missouri.


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Kara Lane is brand new to Park Hill for the 2020-2021 school year. She comes to us from Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a Spanish Minor in 2005 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Shortly after she began teaching Elementary Spanish in Omaha. She received her Master’s Degree in K-12 School Counseling in 2015 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. From 2016 to 2019 she worked as an elementary school counselor and transitioned into a middle school counselor for the 2019-2020 school year. When not researching and/or learning about trends in school counseling, 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.

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. 

Future Planning

Here is good information about college, career and life planning. 

Social Emotional Learning Activities

Grit, effort, social awareness, self efficacy, emotion regulation, growth mindset, self-management

Below, you will find various activities related to social emotional learning that can be completed and repeated at any time!

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Sara McGinnis

Kara Lane

Katherine Tormey Kraai
Social Worker


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