The Summer SAC Team For 2019
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our team!
Jon Gerster - Morning Float, Site Lead
I joined SAC in March of 2015. I graduated from Buena Vista University with a Bachelor's in Pre-Ministry in 2009. I furthered my education by graduating from the Leadership Development Institute in 2014. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and interacting with youth as I have extensively worked as a Youth Leader at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp ELCA in Okoboji, IA, Hosanna Church in Lakeville, and a City On A Hill Church in Rosemount. I love mentoring/coaching kids, encouraging them to find out and use some of their gifts and talents, and providing different avenues of individual learning techniques. I love to sing cover songs and play music on my guitar, go to the movies, eat Juicy Lucy establishments, running, reading new books, and hanging out with friends and family. I live with my wife, Renee, and our cat and dog.
Necole Berglund - Front Desk, Site Lead
My name is Necole Berglund. My educational background consists of attending Mankato State University to receive a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. I'm very excited to meet all of the summer campers and spend keeping your children active and engaged throughout the day. In my free time I love enjoying Minnesota's crazy weather, spending time at cabins, going to movies, and photography.
Jodie Belknap - K Age Group
I have been with SAC for 24 years and hope to be here a long time yet!!
My hobbies include quilting, gardening, sports, photography and I love new challenges. I look forward to getting my Cornish Rex kittens someday. I also look forward to the fun filled summer ahead.
Christine Joa - Site Lead, 3rd Grade Age Group
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. 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!
Paige John - Site Lead, 2nd Grade Age Group
I'm a graduate of the U of M (Art/Theater) and my daughter also recently graduated from the University, after she attended schools in ISD 197. This is my forth year in the School Age Care program and I just love working with children. In my spare time I enjoy art, music, dance, sports, travel, cats and baking!
Julie Davis - Site Lead, 2nd Grade Age Group
I grew up and attended school in district 197, and I started working for SAC in September 2017. In my free time I enjoy camping, arts and crafts, and trivia. I'm also an experienced cake decorator, and I know a little Ojibwe language!
Amanda Troolin - Site Lead, 1st Grade Age Group
Hello! My name is Amanda, and this is my third 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!
Tyler Green - Site Lead, PM Float
My name is Tyler Green and I am the site supervisor for the Mendota School Age Care program. I am coming up on my fifth year working within District 197. Previously I worked with adolescents in Anoka and St. Louis county where I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a focus on Criminology and Psychology. Although I was born and raised in Maine I have found a great community here and am looking forward to working with the students before and after school!
Tyler Martinson-Packer - Site Lead, Front Desk
I In my free time I love to fish on Mille Lacs Lake. I also love to create things with his 3D printer, such as unique trinkets and toys. Lastly, I enjoy watching movies with my partner, Kelly and our son, Ryker.
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.Special Ed. Paras
I have a B.A . from the College of St. Catherine with majors in Library Science and Communication and some graduate coursework in Education from the University of St. Thomas. I have worked in almost every sort of library, educational resource, and academic research facility. Besides School-age care I currently work with the Hennepin County Library System. That work and working with young people helps to strengthen my reader's advisory skills. I feel it is important to know what students like to read and about subjects they care about. I have been with the district substituting as a paraprofessional since 2007 and with School-age care shortly after that time.
Outside of school-age care I have four adult children and a husband. Special interests include, of course, reading, science, gardening, and genealogy. I am a current member of the Minnesota Library Associations Readers' Advisory group and the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
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!
Hi my name is Ashley! I grew up in Mendota Heights and I love it here so I have lived here since. I graduated from Henry Sibley High School in 2010. I was a nanny for many and a restaurant server. I started working for SAC September 2016. I love to go on long runs and reading is one of my favorite hobbies.
Hi! I moved to the States 20 years ago from Japan. I started working with SAC last November 2014 and really enjoy being with all the children. They are so funny sometimes and the stories they tell always make me smile. When not at work I enjoy reading and attending my two boys soccer and baseball games.
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 12 years old, we enjoy taking walks and playing with her toys.
I have worked for SAC since the summer of 1994 I love all kinds of sports, music, dancing and fishing I am looking forward to working this summer and being with a great staff of coworkers.
Hi! I started in the School-Age Care in March of 2018. I am currently studying at the University of Minnesota. I love working with children and am excited to continue to help them learn and grow. In my free time I love to hangout with my friends and family.
The SAC Office Staff
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.