The Prime Minister of France, upon the recommendation of the French Ministry of Education, has awarded Waring teacher Christiane Jedryka-Taylor the distinction of "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques" (Knight in the Order of the French Academic Palms) for her outstanding contributions over many years to promote the French language and Francophone culture. This honor is rarely given to secondary school teachers, which makes it all the more significant! Madame Jedryka-Taylor will receive her decoration at a formal ceremony conducted by French Consul General of France in Boston, Mr. Valéry Freland.
The palmes académiques was first created by Napoleon I in 1808. It started as an honorary title to recognize members of the University before becoming a decoration in 1866, under Napoléon III. The French Academic Palms is the oldest non-military French decoration.
Additional information about the French Academic Palms may be found at: www.frenchacademicpalms.org