Welcome to Garlough SAC
Garlough School Age Care (SAC)
1740 Charlton St., West St. Paul, MN 55118
651-403-8145, Program cell phone: 651-226-3359
School Age Care is located in the cafeteria.
To Register Online: www.tridistrict.ce.eleyo.com
Walk In: Mendota Elementary School 1979 Summit Lane, Mendota Heights, MN. 55118
Fax: 651-403-8010, Attention Jen
Questions - Call Jen at 651-403-8054
Please note: it is the parents responsibility to notify your child's teacher what their SAC schedule is. If you have a drop in or flex schedule you must let your child's teacher know when they are to come to SAC.
Get to Know the Staff
Christine Joa - Site Supervisor - AM
I earned my Bachelors Degree from Saint Mary’s University in Human Services with a focus on child development. My work with children for the past 26 years includes being a Child Advocate, Head Start Lead Teacher, and a Paraprofessional. I am also a proud parent of a wonderful 24 year old graduate of UW River Falls. In my free time I enjoy spending time with her, my amazing parents, and other family and friends. I also enjoy gardening, camping, traveling, wood burning, beading, and scrapbooking. I look forward to spending time teaching and learning with your children, and getting to know you!
Amanda Troolin - PM Site Supervisor
Hello! My name is Amanda, and this is my second year here at School Age Care. I have been working at different after school programs, camps, and schools for the past 10 years and really enjoy watching young people grow and learn. I have a Bachelor' degree in Biology from University of Minnesota Duluth, and a Master’s in Environmental Education from University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. Some of my favorite things to do in my free time are camping, hiking, canoeing, knitting, crocheting, drawing and many other crafts too!
Jodie Belknap - PM Site Supervisor
I enjoy the relationships that we build at SAC with the kids and their families. We have a well rounded program including, but not limited to: outdoor activities/education, sports, arts/crafts, science, literature, technology, cooking, and so much more! A child driven program. I am grateful that you entrust your children to us, and quite frankly, I think that I get more from the children then I offer! Each one comes with their own personalities, and it is a joy to work with them. I look forward to the years to come. In my spare time I like to play in the dirt at our new country home and be a steward of the land, I like to work on my fabric arts and look forward to my new quilting machine.
Sara King - Support Para
My name is Sara King and I started working for the school district in 2014. I am from St. Paul and currently live in Inver Grove Heights. I enjoy reading, playing sports, and being at our family cabin. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I have a dog named Abby that is almost 11 years old, we enjoy taking walks and playing with her toys.
Daniel Pinedo - Support Para
My name is Daniel Pinedo and this is my first year working at SAC! I’m a graduate from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Bachelors in elementary education, race studies and communications. I grew up going to schools in the ISD 197 district and discovered a passion in being an educator through the teachers I’ve had over the years.
In my spare time I enjoy being a part-time musician and contributing to the local Minnesota music community, being motorcycle enthusiast and collecting vintage electric guitars!
Chris Bolchen - Inclusion Manager
Therese Pendleton - Support Para
Hi my name is Therese Pendleton. I have worked for School Age Care since January 2018. I have a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Metropolitan State University but my passion is working with children. I am grateful every day I get to contribute to the educational growth of the children in District 197. Prior to working for District 197 I worked for 8 years as a Director of Pre/K Faith Formation. In my free time I enjoy getting outdoors with my 2 beautiful children and our beloved dog.
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.