ABOUT WALDEN PRIVATE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Judi Jemison | Co-Director
Judi Jemison is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She worked for the Pinellas County Art Council’s Artists in Education program for eight years, teaching theater arts in Pinellas County Public Schools. She also taught at Canterbury School and Sunflower Private School. She has taught elementary, middle and high school levels of education.
Jenn Gaskins | Co-Director
Jenn Gaskins earned her BS in Elementary Education with a Florida Reading Endorsement through St. Petersburg College. She has been teaching for 8 years, 7 of those years at Walden. She is a Hufflepuff, has a Corgi named Chewbacca "Chewy", and loves going to Disney. She currently teaches pre-algebra, science, computers and language arts and tutors after school.
Walden School is a private middle school providing high-quality education in a safe and caring environment. A challenging academic curriculum in a multi-graded classroom is offered to self-motivated students, who receive personal attention, guidance, and encouragement. Our purpose is to prepare our students academically, emotionally and creatively for any high school program they might choose. We want our young people to know how to learn and how to communicate what they have learned.
Walden’s academic program centers around inquiry-based investigations, integrating all areas of the curriculum. Through these investigations, students are able to synthesize the oral, written and visual aspects of learning. Walden believes in a “hands-on” approach to learning, supplemented with field trips, community service work, and peer tutoring. Students work in small groups of mixed ages and abilities. Skill development in math, reading, and writing are stressed. Math is taught at different levels, including general math, pre-algebra and Algebra 1. Language mechanics, literary analysis, earth, life, and physical sciences, American history and geography round out the curriculum.
The arts are an integral component of the Walden program. Students have the opportunity to explore visual arts, theater arts and creative writing on a regular basis. Guest artists, cultural events and performance opportunities give students a glimpse into the professional arts community.
It is our belief that parents and teachers are partners in education. Communication is the foundation in the relationship between families and Walden School. We value parental input and family participation in school activities.
Middle school is a transitional time between the broad-based elementary school curriculum and the rigorous challenges of secondary school. Walden stresses the processes of learning: research, writing comprehensive papers, meeting deadlines, analyzing data and oral communication, such as group discussions. It is our goal to develop socially responsible, creative and knowledgeable young people who are ready for the challenges of high school.
Walden School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs.
Walden believes that every student is an individual and not a number. We encourage students to be themselves, no matter how unique, to think for themselves and above all, to be kind.
Walden was started in 1997 by Judi Jemison and Cyndi Vickers. Walden is starting its 26th year in Gulfport, Florida.