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 Jen
Email: jmatz@tridistrictce.org

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.


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!

Theodore Cummins - Site Supervisor

Hello, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls earning my BS in History and now currently attending Saint Mary’s University to earn my Masters in Special Education. I have worked in the special education field for the better part of the last seven years and currently in my second full year of SAC, first year and a half at Mendota Elementary as a Special Education Para. I am a huge sports fan as well as most outdoor activities, although I have nearly no artistic ability, I still love to try to make art. Looking forward to meet all of you and your kids this year at Somerset.

Alan Robinson
- Support Para

This is my 10 year working for district #197 and I look forward to another good year with the students.

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
- Support 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!

Blake Smith - Support Para

This is my sixth year working for ISD 197. I obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of Minnesota Duluth Having went to Somerset myself quite some time ago, I look forward to working with a new generation of students, and using my skills to help them create some awesome, creative projects at SAC!

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.  




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