Mosaic is a full-day classroom program for highly gifted students. The program provides challenging curriculum at an accelerated pace while meeting the unique academic and social/emotional needs of highly gifted learners in a supportive educational environment.
The Mosaic curriculum uses best practices for gifted learners with higher level questioning, thinking and discussion, and rigor and differentiation embedded throughout. This curriculum meets and/or exceeds state content standards. Students use 21st century skills throughout their school day with personal iPad and access to MacAir laptops, and virtual presentations with experts and one another. There is a focus on personalized learning, project and inquiry based learning, and guided studies.

The program was initiated in Fall 2013 and follows a school-within-a-school model, with four classrooms at Eden Lake Elementary and four classrooms at Prairie View Elementary. These classrooms are currently serving qualifying students in grades 3 through 6 from across the district.

Parent Information

Our Teachers

Mosaic Staff: Prairie View Team

Zong Heng teaches grade three at Prairie View. She has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and is currently working toward her Gifted and Talented certificate through Hamline University. Zong has been teaching elementary students for over 16 years in grades 3, 4, and 5 in Eden Prairie. She has served as a key member on her school site Equity team and in other leadership capacities. Zong is motivated by high expectation of herself and her students and is willing to take risks, try new and innovative ideas and collaborate with her peers to ensure the success of all her students.

Karen Oakes teaches grade four at Prairie View. She has a Master’s degree in education of the gifted and talented from the University of St. Thomas. Karen was an elementary gifted and talented specialist at Prairie View, and has worked in the district for over 22 years. Karen has served in many leadership roles in the district including Q-Comp Coach/Observer and NUA instructional coach. She has been actively involved in the planning and presenting of a wide variety of professional development opportunities promoting best practices for gifted learners, literacy instruction and strategies for differentiation.

Nate Gabel teaches grade five at Prairie View. He has a Master’s degree in education from Hamline University and earned his gifted and talented certificate program at Saint Mary’s University. Nate has worked in the district for over 15 years as an elementary teacher and was most recently the Classrooms of the Future coach at Prairie View. He has a strong background in the integration of technology into instructional practices. Nate is a strong believer in using dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing lifelong learners.

Leslie Lohan teaches grade six at Prairie View. She earned her gifted and talented certificate from St. Mary’s University and her degree in education from the University of St. Catherine. Leslie interacts with her students by developing accelerated, inquiry based learning that provides her students advanced academic learning opportunities. Leslie has taught at Prairie View in various grades over the past years before joining the Mosaic team. She has been an equity team member, Q-comp coach and served in various leadership roles within the school.

Mosaic Staff: Eden Lake Team

Yen Nguyen teaches grade three at Eden Lake. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. Yen received her gifted and talented certification and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University. Yen has taught elementary students for 22 years. 21 of those years have been in Eden Prairie Schools in grades 2, 3, and 4. Yen has served on the math adoption committee, assisted with curriculum writing on the ELA team, and various leadership roles with the school. Yen is a strong believer in creating and fostering a respectful learning community within her classroom. She sets high expectations of herself and her students. Yen collaborates and tries innovative ideas, strives to provide an open line of communication, and uses goal setting to ensure student motivation and engagement.

Karen McGinley teaches grade four at Eden Lake. She attended the College of St. Catherine and received her Elementary Education Degree there, and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. Karen also has her Gifted and Talented Certification from Hamline University. Karen began her years of teaching in Eden Prairie at Cedar Ridge Elementary teaching 3 rd and 4 th Grade, and also taught at Forest Hills teaching Gifted and Talented. Most recently, Karen has been teaching in Gifted Education Services as a Gifted Education Specialist and Young Scholars Specialist for the last five years for Edina Public Schools. She has been actively involved in Personalized Learning, and has received training in this area that has helped her shape her teaching and engage students in their learning. Karen believes in building strong relationships with students and families and meeting each student where they are at in their learning journey.

Megan Skogstad teaches grade five at Eden Lake. She has a gifted endorsement from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s degree in education from Ohio State University. She came to Eden Prairie with great experience. Megan has been a teacher for over 14 years and has taught grades 2-4 including grade 4 language arts in a classroom of gifted learners in Ohio. Previously Megan was the STEM specialist for grades K-5 at Chanhassen Elementary School. She has training in using William and Mary units for gifted learners, the online Renzulli Learning program and organized an Invention Convention for students.

Alyssa Cappelli teaches grade six at Eden Lake. She has an undergraduate bachelors of science degree from the University of Minnesota in Foundations of Education. She obtained her Master’s degree in Teaching & Learning as well at the University of Minnesota. Alyssa has over twenty years of teaching experience in grades 2-6 in Eden Prairie, Shakopee and Anoka-Hennepin School Districts. She has been teaching Gifted and Talented for more than five years in Eden Prairie and Shakopee School Districts. In previous districts, she has had roles in math curriculum adoption, Responsive Classroom training, leadership teams and developing and implementing the Young Scholars program.

Perspective Parent Presentation

First page of the PDF file: MosaicParentInformationPresentation-2019websiteversion

Program Brochure

First page of the PDF file: MOSAIC-flyer-1-2018

Eden Lake Brochure

First page of the PDF file: EdenLakeBrochure

Prairie View Brochure

First page of the PDF file: PrairieViewBrochure

Application Process

There are two parts to the Mosaic application process. Below you will find both the Mosaic Application Form and the Parent Input Form. Make sure to read both forms thoroughly.

Once you have completed and submitted both forms, we will contact you if we require additional information. The Mosaic Placement Committee weighs subjective data from teachers with objective measure of both ability and achievement.  Once the review is completed, you will be sent an email regarding the placement decision for the Mosaic Program by the end of March.

Applications will be accepted for the 2020-2021 school year from November 4, 2019 - January 24, 2020.

Online Application Form       Online Parent Input Form

Paper application form         Paper Parent Input Form

Scan and email forms to  or mail them to: 8100 School Rd (Attn: Heidi Fitch), Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

Mosaic Placement Appeal Process

The appeal process is for initial placement into highly gifted services. Once a student has been considered for the highly gifted Mosaic Program, individual reassessment options are only available once a calendar school year.

Parent(s) or guardian(s) may appeal placement decisions by completing and submitting the Appeals Process Form for reconsideration to the Mosaic Placement Committee. The Mosaic Placement Committee will review the request and determine appropriate next steps for gathering more data or further assessment options. Any further assessments will be administered by the Eden Prairie School District.

Appeal Due Dates:

  • Complete the Appeals Process Form below with specific rationale and supporting documentation for reconsideration for the Mosaic Program by Friday, April 19, 2020.
  • If further assessments are needed, they will be completed in April and a response to the appeal request will be completed by May 3, 2020.

Appeals Form (online)     Appeals Form (paper)

Contact Us

Liz Stamson | Instructional Excellence Coordinator for Gifted Programming | | 952-975-7060

Heidi Fitch | Instructional Excellence Coordinator | | 952-975-7148