Staff Directory




Executive Director Emily Mertes
Elementary Program Director Amy Erendu
Secondary Program Director Josh Nyquist


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Kindergarten Teacher Emily Nelson
Kindergarten Teacher (half-day) Brooke Junkans
Grade 1 Teacher Rochelle Hale
Grade 1 Teacher Kayla Marks
Grade 2 Teacher Kayla Johnson
Grade 2 Teacher Halle Lidstone 
Grade 3 Teacher Catherine Sutton
Grade 3 Teacher Jennifer McDevitt
Grade 4 Teacher Melinda Knop
Grade 4 Teacher Beth Nelson
Grade 5 Teacher Samantha Berryhill
Grade 5 Teacher Jacqelyn Pursel
Grade 6 Teacher Pam Backowski
Grade 6 Teacher Samantha Peltier
Art Teacher (K-8) Kelly Lemus 
Elementary Physical Education Teacher | DAPE Taylor Adamson
Elementary RTI and EL Teacher Michelle Jones
In-House Building Substitute Lisa Murphy 
Media/Technology Integration Specialist Marcia Aas 
Music | Band Teacher Nick Brady
Music | Choir Teacher Mikayla Bird 
Title I Teacher Marna Luer 
Secondary Art Teacher Heidi Krueger
Secondary Language Arts Teacher Anita Douglas
Secondary Language Arts Teacher Laura Lundberg
Secondary Language Arts Teacher Christal Ruppert
Secondary Math Teacher | Advisory Coordinator Katie Gangl
Secondary Math Teacher | Grades 7/ 8 Computer Teacher Lisa Anenson
Secondary Math Teacher | Grades 9-12 Technology Electives Teacher Scott McQuiston
Secondary Physical Education and Health Teacher Scott Miller
Secondary Science Teacher Bryan Olson
Secondary Science Teacher Alan Swanson
Secondary Social Studies Teacher James Petry 
Secondary Social Studies Teacher Ryan Thompson
Secondary Social Studies Teacher Tom Schwartzbauer
Secondary Spanish Teacher Jayme Lisell

 Support Services Faculty

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Elementary Support Services Teacher Jill Borchers
Elementary Support Services Teacher Amy Nelson
Elementary/Secondary Support Services Teacher Natalie Carlson 
Secondary Support Services Teacher Troy Bennett
Secondary Support Services Teacher Deb Lorsung
Secondary Support Services Teacher Sandy Short
Secondary Support Services Teacher Tom Schwartzbauer
Support Services Teacher Nancy Lloyd
Support Services Teacher Mary Levy

Support Staff

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Activities Director | Discipline Liaison | Transportation Coordinator Ben Poidinger
Business Accounts Specialist Deb Whitby
Committee Clerk Alyssa Udvig
Committee Clerk Cindy Pfingsten
Committee Clerk Sarah Skjolsvik
Curriculum and Accountability Coordinator Kasie Peters 
Custodian (day) Rick Little 
Custodian (evening) Vacant  
Custodian (evening) Derek Newhouse
Custodian (evening) Ron Swafford
Enrollment and Volunteer Coordinator Vacant  
Facilities Coordinator Matthew Nelson
Food Service Coordinator Laurie Shenkle
Food Service Server Jerilyn Coons
Food Service Server Penny Saunders
Human Resource Specialist Christine Feist
ISC Coordinator Robin Hokanson
Lead Committee Clerk Christine Erntson 
Nursery Mina Dealing
Marketing and Communication Coordinator Christine Erntson 
Occupational Therapy Lynne Ogg 

Office Assistant - Student Management Tonia Nelson 
Psychologist  Nina Swenson  
Receptionist | Office Supplies Mariann Johnson
School Nurse Vacant 
Secondary Guidance Counselor Stephanie Kobes
Social Worker Lisa Holmquist
Technology Coordinator Guy Winters


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Special Education Paraprofessional Deb Bartz
Special Education Paraprofessional Heidi Blanchette 
Special Education Paraprofessional Candice Brumm
Special Education Paraprofessional Judy Clements
Special Education Paraprofessional Jill Duderstadt
Special Education Paraprofessional Jenelle Eckel
Special Education Paraprofessional Julie Froiland
Special Education Paraprofessional Denise Hatchner 
Special Education Paraprofessional Chrissy Houck
Special Education Paraprofessional Julie Howell
Special Education Paraprofessional JoAnn Jankowski
Special Education Paraprofessional Tami Nelson
Special Education Paraprofessional Kerry Oolman
Special Education Paraprofessional Cheryl Swenson
Special Education Paraprofessional Joanna Tessum
Special Education Paraprofessional Jody Shenkle
Special Education Paraprofessional Sara Whitby
Title Paraprofessional Susanne Radtke


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Baseball, varsity Josh Coleman 
Baseball, varsity asst. Erick Olson 
Baseball, JV Paul Molitor 
Basketball, varsity (boys) Joel Hedberg 
Basketball, JV (boys) Adam Wright
Basketball, c-squad (boys) Vacant  
Basketball, junior high (boys) Ben Poidinger
Basketball, varsity (girls) Dave Anderson
Basketball, junior high (girls) Sara Whitby
Cross Country (co-ed) Dave Johnson
Robotics, varsity Tim Atkinson
Robotics, junior varsity Ethan Swanson
Safety Patrol Jody Shenkle 
Soccer, varsity (boys) Ryan Thompson 
Soccer, JV (boys) Justin Bakken 
Soccer, junior high (boys) Vacant  
Soccer, JV (girls) Vacant  
Soccer, varsity (girls) Dave Anderson 
Softball, varsity Kendra Magaard
Softball, junior varsity Sara Whitby 
Student Council (elementary) Jen McDevitt 
Student Council (secondary) Sarah Whitby 
Theater Vacant  
Trap Shooting Dana O'Brien
Volleyball, varsity Lisa Murphy 
Volleyball, JV Vacant  
Volleyball, c-squad Kayla Johnson 

Connect With Us

PACT Charter School

7250 East Ramsey Parkway

Ramsey, MN 55303


Phone: 763-712-4200

Fax: 763-712-4201


Absence line: 763-712-4200, ext. 2

Office Hours

School Year

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Teachers leave @ 3:30 p.m.


Non-School Fridays

7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


School Breaks

Monday | Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tuesday | Thursday: 8 a.m. - noon

Closed Holidays and Fridays


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