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

Mary Krebs, SEF Chair

Apryl Erickson, SEF Vice-Chair

Brian Foote, SEF Treasurer

Tara Florek, SEF Secretary

Jenn Purrington, EHSI PTO President

Standing Committee Chairs

Karina Fernandez, Intern Coordinator

Geoff Rojas, SEF Host Family Coordinator

Shannon Rahkola, SEF Buddy Family Coordinator

Abby Schmidt, SEF Marketing & Communication Coordinator

Laura Bjelogrlic, SEF Fundraising Coordinator

Verena Arribas, SEF Events/Transportation Co-Coordinator

Scott Kuhlman, SEF Events/Transportation Co-Coordinator

Board Meetings

Meetings are from 7-8:30 PM.

August 13  |  September 10  |  October 8 |  November 12  |  January 14  |  February 11  |  March 10  |  April 14  | May 12 | June 9 |

Important Documents

SEF Articles of Incorporation

SEF Bylaws

SEF Conflict of Interest Policy

SEF 2018-2019 Annual Report

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