Welcome to the Spanish Education Fund
The Spanish Education Fund (SEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2009. Our purpose is to raise money and recruit parent volunteers to support the International Teaching Intern Program at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School (K-6), Central Middle School (7-8) and Eden Prairie High School (9-12).
Interns from Spanish speaking countries from around the world assist teachers and students in classrooms at these schools, providing a unique educational resource that has been proven extremely valuable to language acquisition, by bring their language and cultures to life. As a result, students become more confident in their ability to communicate in Spanish and create connections to people and places outside of their own world.
In addition to fundraising, we work with school staff to review and select intern candidates, recruit host and buddy families for the interns from our parent community for the duration of their stay, collect donations of winter clothing, organize parent volunteers to provide transportation for interns, and many other things to ensure interns have a positive experience while in the U.S. gaining valuable experience in the field of education.
Support the Eden Prairie Spanish immersion program, through sustainable funding, to host the best volunteer international Spanish speaking interns and provide other educational and cultural resources.
From Intern Coordinator Daniela Garcia:
The Interns enjoyed a restful and restorative winter break. Although their “winter break” looked different than previous years, they had the opportunity to create new special moments with friends and family. On January 11th, we had our first Intern meeting of the year where the interns shared some of their winter break moments. Some interns spent time with each other while others visited family in other states. Maura Herrera, EHSI Intern from El Salvador, shared that every new year she would watch the Rose Parade on Television with her grandpa. This year, she was able to go to California and be there LIVE. It was an extraordinary experience for Maura although she truly missed her grandpa.
It was great to hear all the amazing things the interns have been doing so far and the plans they have this upcoming year. Now that we’re all back in school, I am looking forward to all the events that spring brings such as our CInco de Mayo Fiesta. Thanks for all your love and support you bring to our Intern Program!
To learn more about the interns in our schools, please visit the intern program page.
Meet the 2022-23 Interns
Alejandra Cortez Nina Busquets Costas Karla Rivera
El Salvador Spain El Salvador
Kindergarten Kindergarten 1st Grade
Melani Cortes Alex Ramirez Aina Cortacans
Colombia El Salvador Spain
1st Grade 2nd Grade 2nd Grade
Lucas Gonzalez Silvia Martinez Anthony Umanzor
Spain Spain El Salvador
3rd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade
Maura Herrera Elkin Raiño Catalina Salazar
El Salvador Colombia Chile
5th Grade CMS CMS
Eden Prairie High School
We have quite a number of open committee positions, varying in time and commitment levels throughout the entire year. This link shows a detailed list of all of the open positions we are in need of volunteers for. You can sign up on the SEF Open Positions Sign Up Genius to volunteer for any of these positions. If you would like to discuss any of these positions further before committing, please feel free to reach out to SEF Chair Mary Krebs, mpkrebs9@
We are in need of a Host Family Coordinator for next year. Please contact Mary Krebs if you can take on this role.
We are also starting to interview interns for next year so are looking for Host and Buddy families.
Please contact Mary Krebs if you have questions on any of these rewarding opportunities.
Thank you to all who participated in the Teacher Time Raffle! It was our biggest year yet with over $6,900 added to our SEF fund! Your support was greatly appreciated!!
Save the Date!!
Friday, May 6th at the MN Valley Country Club, the SEF will be hosting our annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta/Fundraiser. This is an adults-only event that is a fantastic celebration of our interns, teachers and the amazing community we share as families with children at Eagle Heights (past and present). Dinner, music, an auction, beer pong and other games are all a part of this fun-filled evening! Stay tuned for more info regarding donating auction items and volunteer opportunities for this wonderful event.
Annual Contributions are the SEF‘s main source of funding for the Intern Program. We receive no financial support from the school district or schools. The intern program is 100% parent funded. Our goal for the 2022-23 school year is to raise $100,000. If we do not reach our goal we may need to reduce the number of interns in our schools. Our suggested annual contribution is $150/child.
You can make your annual contribution below or online at www.spanisheducationfund.org. You can also set up budget friendly monthly payments via PayPal using the subscribe button!
Your support is vital to the continuation of this important component of our children’s immersion education. Thank you for your support!
Don’t forget… employer matching and workplace-based donation campaigns are another source of funding for the intern program. Many employers will match their employee’s donation, doubling the gift. Several families participate in these each year. To find out if your company matches, contact your human resources department.
Monthly Annual Contribution
Want to spread out your Annual Contribution into budget friendly monthly payments? Select a monthly payment option from the drop down menu and click the SUBSCRIBE button below instead to make monthly Annual Contribution donations.
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Make checks payable to the Spanish Education Fund and mail to:
c/o Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School
13400 Staring Lake Parkway
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
SEF Federal Tax ID# 27-0584708
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