Welcome to Somerset SAC

1355 Dodd Road, Mendota Heights, MN 55118  

School Age Care is located in the gym/cafeteria.

Registration options Online: www.tridistrict.ce.eleyo.com
Walk In: Mendota Elementary School  1979 Summit Lane, Mendota Heights, MN. 55118
Fax: 651-403-8010, Attention Necole
Questions - Call Necole 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.


Christine Joa
- Site Supervisor

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 25 years includes being a Child Advocate, Head Start Lead Teacher, and a Paraprofessional. I am also a proud parent of a wonderful 23 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!

Amy Lushanko
- Special Ed. Para

I've started working for School-Age Care in 2010. I've worked at three different sites. I truly enjoy working with the children and gaining perspective everyday through their eyes. When I am not working I look forward to engaging in outdoor activities and spending time with my family, which also includes my four dogs and my 16 chickens! I look forward to a great year at SAC!

Cassie Blair
- Special Ed. Para

Hello. My name is Cassie Blair. I am a mother of an amazing 17 year old son, Nathaniel. I enjoy crafts, hanging out with family and friends, and being active. I really enjoy watching my son play sports and football season! I have worked with kids for 15 years from ages 6 weeks old up to 14 years old. I am attending college working towards one day becoming an elementary teacher.
I am really excited to be apart of ISD 197!

Julie Peterson - Special Ed Para

I have been in the school district for three years an an Instructional Assistant Paraprofessional at Moreland Arts and Health Science Magnet. I have also worked with SAC at several locations and at Summer SAC!

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus, with a B.A. in Film/Video Production, Dance and Theater studies. I enjoy movies with my family, dancing, yoga and traveling. Italy being my favorite country and Italian food one of my favorites to eat. 

I love to share all my diverse experiences in my work with the kids in hopes to inspire them to do their personal as well as academic best.

Christine Barrera - Support Para

I've lived in West Saint Paul all my life and I graduated from Sibley High School!
I have worked for the school district since 2008 starting with Child Nutrition and this is my 3nd year with SAC.
In my spare time (when I have some) I like to read, watch movies, go for walks and spend time with my four kids.

Rick Risch - Support Para

I have been an ISD 197 employee since 2010. I graduated from the U of M and, apart from 8 years in Germany and India, have spent most of my adult life living and working in the Twin Cities area. I love spending time with my wife Kate and twin sons, Oslo and Cyrus and also greatly enjoy books, music, songwriting and the soon to be world champion Minnesota Timberwolves.

Katie Grady - Support Para

My name is Katie Grady and I am a St. Paul native. I went to UWRF and will be going back to school for Nursing.  I am a proud dog Mom of two. My girls and I love kayaking, paddle boarding and beach volleyball. I started working for SAC in 2017. I'm looking forward to another year of Gaga ball and learning.  

Alyssa Engel - Support para

Bio Coming Soon!

Nichole White - Support para

This is my first year working with SAC. I started with independent District 197 in January 2019 with the ECFE program as well as helping out at the Early Learning Center in various preschool classes, a position I still hold.
This summer I worked for School Age Care and really enjoyed my time with the kids, so I was lucky enough to get a position at Somerset for the school year.
After going to school for TV Production. I spent almost 14 years working in many positions behind the scenes at a local TV station.  
I am very close with my niece and nephew. We love going to the zoo, checking out different parks, playing games, working on crafts and listening to music. 
My current favorite thing to do is listening to podcasts, especially ones featuring History. I love animals, and have volunteered at the Animal Humane Society (where I adopted my cat Oscar) and also at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of MN. 

Diane Schneeberger - Support para

Bio coming soon!

Chris Bolchen - Inclusion Manager

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. 




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