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Legacy Awards 

We all know it takes a village to raise and educate a child. In Eden Prairie Schools countless individuals positively impact the lives of our children and the commitment to excellence of our District, many of whom go unrecognized.


The FEPS Legacy Awards were established in 2008 to honor outstanding teachers, staff, students, volunteers and alumni. FEPS believes it is important to honor those who contribute to the success and reputation of our school district. Legacy Awards are given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the students and families in our schools and community.


Thank you for making me feel so special and for honoring the great work that all teachers do! I feel very fortunate to work in a school district that is so supportive of staff ... one more reason I love my job. The celebration was beautiful and thoughtful - thank you for giving us a moment to pause, reflect and celebrate.
~ Karen Brettingen, Teacher of the Year, May 2014



Congratulations to the following 2014 Legacy Award Recipients:

Teachers of the Year:

Karen Brettingen (Business-EPHS)
Brenda Johnson (Math-EPHS)
Steve O’Toole (Grade 6-Prairie View)

Staff of the Year:

Nancy Schmitt (Student Activities-EPHS)
Jennifer Silverberg (Counselor-EPHS)

Volunteers of the Year:  

Esti Ollerman
Bill & Susan Paulus

Alumnus of the Year:

Richard Karulf, MD

Students of the Year:  

Jack Ekholm (K-6)
Kendal Jacobus (7-12)
Ashley Pettingill (7-12)


In addition to the award recipients, FEPS would also like to congratulate and celebrate all those who were nominated for each award:


Teacher of the Year nominees:  Jill Boyd, Yzolde Chepokas, John Clay, Rebecca Duchon, Emily Forthun, Anne Gaston, Jennifer Gilligan, Brian Gunderson, Thor Hansen, Jared Johnson, Jesse Josephson, Nancy Kabis, Adam Leicht, Patti McGrane, Nicole Pierson, Cindy Raaen, Carol Reno, Suzanne Roper, Brian Sibley, Elizabeth Stamson, Lisa Swaggert, Teresa Tate, Joan Tetrick, Albert Walla, Tim Welshons


Staff of the Year nominees:  Emily Byers-Ferrian, Michelle Farinella, Shelly Hawkins, Carol Lumppio, Kathy Matthews, Eileen Meredith, Nancy Merickel, Tom Meyer, Susan Paulus, Jenny Studwell, Beth Swaggert


Volunteer of the Year nominees:  Peggy Baker, Oliver Breton, John Bushey, Sarah Cheesman, Carina Cullum, Kristen Heeringa, Karla Henry, Guy Hicklin, Lisa Kremer, Kristy Anne Minkkinen, Marijo Ose, Krista Paster, Darryl Stanton, David Straight, Taiha Wagner


Alumni of the Year nominees:  Bennett Morgan, Jim Rannow, Tim Takach


Student of the Year nominees:  Oumou Barry, Jack Engelbrekt, Kendra Fischer, Carrie Froemming, Angela Fusselman, Jessica Hovde, Simon Jacobson, Faiza Khassin, Phu Nguyen, Michael Parrish, James Ramsburg, Abigail Wright, Sydney Wrobel



Photos from last year's 2013 Legacy Awards:

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Previous Legacy Awards Winners & Nominees

Winners of the 2013 Legacy Awards

Winners of the 2012 Legacy Awards

Winners of the 2011 Legacy Awards

Winners of the 2010 Legacy Awards

Winners of the 2009 Legacy Awards




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