Principal – Nate Slinde

I am honored and humbled to serve as your next Principal at Clover Ridge Elementary. I began my teaching career in 1998 at Bluff Creek Elementary and moved to Clover Ridge when it opened in 2001. I have taught 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th  grades as well as a variety of other classes including technology. I served as Lead Teacher at Clover Ridge while completing my Specialist Degree from the University of St. Thomas and obtaining my K-12 Principal’s License.  For the past 3 years, I have served as the Assistant Principal at Chaska Middle School East until accepting this position.

In addition to my work in education, I have a wonderful family. My wife and I have 3 children who all attend Eastern Carver County Schools. When not running the kids to a variety of activities, we enjoy sporting events, boating and being outside. Clover Ridge Elementary is a special place thanks to the wonderful students, staff, and families. I am thrilled to be back in this unique building and hope to continue the great tradition of academic and social excellence!

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Principal - Nate Slinde

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Administrative Dean – Mr. Zemek

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Administrative Dean - Mr. Zemek

Chuck Zemek


As Administrative Dean at Clover Ridge, my responsibilities include coordinating professional development opportunities for our staff as well as assisting Mr. Slinde with building issues and behavior problems under the PBIS system Clover Ridge is using and staff observations. I also work with the Student Council, coordinate the I-Team and testing schedules, handle busing issues, along with a variety of other administrative duties.

I truly believe that Clover Ridge is a wonderful place to work and look forward to working with you and your children throughout the year!  Personalized Learning: Whatever it Takes! is our belief at Clover Ridge, and the staff does do just that.

This is my 21st year at District 112.  Currently I am the Administrative Dean at Clover Ridge Elementary. I was a member of the core team that helped design CRE and a team member of Cluster D, grades 3 and 4.  Prior to coming here, I taught at Chaska Elementary, grades 3, 4, and 5.  I continue to serve as a Language Arts representative and Assistant Varsity volleyball coach at Chaska High School.

I grew up in Pine City, Minnesota, where my parents continue to live.  I graduated from Gustavus Adophus Colege in St. Peter, MN and received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Thomas University.  I received my Administrative License through St. Mary’s University. My wife, Heidi, and I have been married now 19 years.  We have two sons, Callen and Benett. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy volleyball, camping, and cooking.