New Orleans, LA — Marina Schoen, Chief Academic Officer of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, was bestowed the insignia of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques yesterday evening at the Residence of the Consul General of France, Grégor Trumel. The prestigious honor recognizes those who have made significant contributions to French education and culture.

Mr. Trumel offered a rousing speech praising Schoen’s accomplishments and dedication before presenting her with the insignia. Consulate staff and Schoen’s colleagues, friends and family were in attendance.

Marina Schoen has worked in education for over thirty years, with over twenty of those years spent in New Orleans. At the beginning of her career, she taught English and Italian as a second language to foreign students in Carrara, Italy. She began her work in French instruction in 1995 as a French Teacher at Thurgood Marshall Middle Magnet. From 1999 to 2007, she served as the Upper Grades Chairperson and French/English School Curriculum Development Coordinator at Audubon Montessori School. There she was recognized as their 2006 Teacher of the Year. In 2007, Schoen went on to promote the French language at the high school level while working at Lusher Charter School. Schoen joined Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans in 2013 to serve as Director of Academics. In 2016, she was promoted to Chief Academic Officer.

In addition to her established career as an accomplished educator, Schoen is also a professional translator and interpreter in French, English and Italian. She has a master’s degree in foreign language and literature from the Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne in Milan, Italy.

The Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, which translates to the Knight in the Order of Academic Palms, was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808 to recognize outstanding members of the University of Paris. In its contemporary form, the award may be granted to individuals making extraordinary achievements in the realms of French education and culture. This includes non-French citizens, whose nominations involve a multi-step vetting process involving the French Embassy in Washington D.C., Foreign Ministry in Paris, and French Ministry of Education.