Our History


wpd417f662_05The Spanish Education Fund began in February 2009 as the Alternative Funding Committee. The group explored alternative ways to fund the International Teaching Intern Program by looking into fundraising, sponsors and grants.

It eventually became important for this group to become an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Thus, the Spanish Education Fund (SEF) was born. Upon approval of the EHSI parent body, the group completed the necessary application paperwork for 501(c)(3) status and wrote articles of incorporation. EHSI parents then approved the articles of incorporation and elected a board of directors.

The Spanish Education Fund now runs as a separate, but parallel, group to the EHSI PTO. The SEF supports the International Teaching Intern Program and maintains the budget for that program. The SEF expanded the intern program the 2014-15 school year to include Central Middle School and Eden Prairie High School where interns are now an important component of the secondary Spanish immersion experience providing a unique educational resource to both teachers and students.


Board of Directors

Toni Alcantar, SEF Chair

Jeff Houdek, SEF Vice-Chair

Wayne Bailey, SEF Treasurer

Pam Noll, SEF Secretary

Jody RannowMichelle Wieser, EHSI PTO President


Standing Committee Chairs

Holly Chester  &  Kim Pederson,  SEF Intern Committee Co-Chairs;

Katie Foley, SEF Communications Chair

Laura Bjelorgrlic, SEF Fundraising Chair


Board Meetings

Meetings are from 7-9 pm, generally at Davanni’s (8061 Flying Cloud Dr in Eden Prairie). Parents and staff are welcome to attend.  The September 8, 2019 meeting will be held at Jerry’s Foods (9625 Anderson Lakes Pkwy, Eden Prairie)

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Important Documents

SEF Articles of Incorporation

SEF Bylaws

SEF Conflict of Interest Policy

SEF 2017-2018 Annual Report




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