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.

safeBehavior Intervention Specialist

My name is Brooklyn Petrich. I am the Student and Family Engagement Coordinator. I work to engage scholars and their families in creating a fun, safe and loving community at West Side Summit. You can often find me planning a school event, stepping into a classroom or helping a child re-engage with their teacher. I graduated from Hamline University in 2014 with a degree in psychology. I love working at West Side Summit because the energy that comes from our community is incredible. It is apparent the staff and students care deeply for one another and work their hardest to succeed day in and day out. When I am not at work you can find me hiking or cooking my favorite meals; the spicier the food the better!

office-adminOffice Administrator

Hey y’all! My name is Maggie Nelon and this will be my first year at West Side Summit School as the new office manager! As office 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.

admin-asstAdministrative Assistant

I’m Patti Weyandt, the school support specialist. 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.

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