Executive Director

I’m Sarah Hanson. I started work in education immediately after graduating from the University of Minnesota. I was introduced to this world through Teach For America which brought me to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota as a 9th grade english teacher and special education teacher. I have been working with West Side Summit since the March before the school opened in 2013. I’ve had the opportunity to watch many of our perfect children grow. I knows all of our children have the potential to go on to college and hard work, a strong sense of purpose, and a great team of students and staff is how we will ensure that possibility for each one of our children.


You can reach me at shanson@westsidesummit.org or at 651-200-4543.

admin-asstDirector of Student Culture and Family Engagement

I’m Patti Weyandt, the Director of Student Culture and Family Engagement. I am a native of St. Paul. I studied child development at Saint Paul College and have worked nearly 20 years in the education field. I live here on the West Side with my husband and enjoy spending a lot of time with my large family. I am a published songwriter, musician, and performing artist and enjoy painting whimsical scenes in oil in my home studio in my down time. I love supporting the community here at West Side Summit. I have always been energized and challenged and inspired when working alongside children. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

office-adminOperations Manager

Hey y’all! My name is Maggie Nelon and this is my second year at West Side Summit School in a new role as Operations Manager! As Operations Manager my role is to support our students, families and staff by managing the front office, updating and maintaining student information and reporting, as well as creating and maintaining efficient systems for communications. I look forward to working with such a dedicated and positive staff and getting involved with our community! I’m originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012. Over the past 4 years I’ve been teaching Spanish at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis.

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