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• AATF Chicago/Northern Illinois Chapter Member receives French Presidential Award

Félicitations, Margot!

Margot M. Steinhart was awarded the rank of Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite by French Consul General in Chicago Vincent Floreani on May 8.  Mr. Floreani stated that recipients of this award, created by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963, are recognized for their distinguished service by the French Government. In the case of Margot, he noted her teaching, her leadership, and her promotion of French language and culture. She has taught French at Northwestern University, Barrington High School, and Maine Township High School East. Many chapter members will know Margot as a past president of our Chicago/N IL Chapter as well as the initiator and coordinator of the French Advocacy Wiki. She is currently president of the American Society of the French Academic Palms and the immediate past president of the Alliance Française du North Shore, vice-president of Renaissance Française, USA, and honorary president of the American Association of Teachers of French. Margot has previously been decorated as Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques. The ceremony was held during the spring luncheon of the Alliance Française du North Shore at Café Central in Highland Park.