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The Monica Giraudo Love of Teaching Awards

Through her passion for education and dedication to ensuring that her students thrived, Monica Giraudo developed French fluency skills in dozens of her students.


Her commitment to establishing an emotional connection with her students and bringing joy to their studies was truly exceptional.


Though in September 2019, Monica lost a four-year battle with ovarian cancer, her teaching legacy lives on.


To honor her memory, Horse Education Group has established an annual Love of Teaching award in her name. The criteria include:

  • The Commitment to creating unique lessons according to the needs of each individual student  

  • Teaching excellence and professionalism 

  • Loyalty and reliability 

  • Patience and kindness 

  • Innovation and creativity 

  • Instilling confidence in students 

  • Inspiring students to excel beyond their potential 

  • Ensuring that students experience great joy as they achieve new and unexpected heights in language acquisition 

  • The development of unique emotional connections with students

Horse Education Group is fortunate to be filled with exceptionally committed and talented teachers.


Each year the Board will make the decision based on student feedback that addresses the educational mission of Horse Education Group.

The Monica Giraudo Love of Teaching Award will be announced every year on June 27, which is her birthday. 





Horse Education Group is honored to announce the 2024 Monica Giraudo Love of Teaching Award winner:


Marion Hannachi


Marion has been a loyal and dedicated French teacher for 6 years now, one of our first teachers at Horse Education Group. Students over the years have raved about Marion’s patience, loyalty and kindness, energetic and supportive teaching style, natural ability to inspire the best in her students, dedication to an innovative and personalized curriculum, making learning fun, and the ability to establish unique emotional connections with her students.


Among her reviews and recommendations:

One mom is a French national living in Ashville, who had looked for an activity during COVID to ensure that her three children could be immersed in French language and culture. Even after in person learning returned, she continued to send her children to Horse Education Group for French lessons. She stated about their teacher Marion: “We are so lucky that we found Marion who has been tutoring my children for three years. She makes learning French very fun and engaging, and she continues to increase their confidence and encourage them.”  

Please join us in congratulating Marion for the 2024 Monica Giraudo Love of Teaching Award. And thanks as always to our exceptional team of teachers for their dedication, talent, and commitment to their students. 









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