Get to Know the Staff
David Kek - Site Supervisor, Heritage Middle School AM & Noreen Center PM
I'm thrilled to work for SAC in the school district I grew up in. I received my B.S. in Sports Management at Minnesota State University-Mankato. My previous professional experience included behavior intervention at the high school setting as well as SAC at the elementary level. In my free time I enjoy exercising, online shopping, watching TED Talks, reading, and anything related to basketball and football.
Lauren Kress - Site Supervisor
My name is Lauren and I have been a part of the SAC program since 2016. I'm very excited to be at Encore as I taught middle school for five years and enjoy middle school youth. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, where I earned a B.A. in Elementary and Secondary Education as well as French. In my free time, I enjoy going on walks with my dog Armani, cooking, antiquing, going to museums, and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to getting to know your family this coming year!
Paige John - Site Supervisor, Friendly Hills AM
I have been working in the School-Age Care program since January 2011. I have a Bachelor's degree in art and theater from the University of Minnesota and my daughter is also a recent graduate of the U of M, after attending schools in ISD 197. I really enjoy interacting with children - helping them learn and explore.
Sue Wied - Special Education Para, Friendly Hills AM
I began working for SAC in November of 2013. My previous employment includes 10 years as a paraprofessional with MPLS Public Schools & three years in Edina as an Early Childhood Associate. I have an Associate of Arts degree from Inver Hills Community College and a Graphic Arts certification from HTC.
Noah Shepherd - Special Education Para, Friendly Hills AM
Bio Coming Soon
Tyler Martinson-Packer - Special Ed. Para, Heritage Middle School
Bio Coming Soon!
Mary Beth Moline - Special Ed Para, The Noreen Center
I have worked at both Mendota and Somerset Elementary as a Special Education para for the past 15 years. I have 5 children and live in Mendota Heights. I love to read, bake, watch hockey, and like to attend many different local fine arts events.
Emma Shepherd - Special Ed Para, The Noreen Center
I have been working for SAC since 2016. I was voted coolest staff by youth. I’m so excited to have a blast this year. For fun, I enjoy going on walks with my dog, Paul, around the lake!
Chris Bolchen - Inclusion Specialist
Hi, My name is Chris Bolchen and I am the Inclusion Manager for District 197’s School Age Care Program. I have worked in the district since 2014 and have served in the roles of SAC Instructional Assistant site supervisor at Mendota Elementary and also as a school year and summer special education paraprofessional. Before that time, I was a language arts teacher for nine years in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
As an educator and parent I am passionate about meeting the needs of children of all abilities and helping to provide a safe, equitable and engaging environment for them to be part of during our before school, after school and summer programs.
In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, going outdoors, biking, hiking and canoeing. I love music, campfires, good food and the many fish, turtles, dog and lizard that are my pets.