Thornton Fractional North High School teacher Mary Perrot was recently awarded the Nobel Educator of Distinction Award from the National Society of High School Scholars.
Perrot was nominated by her French III student, Spechael Pierce, and was recognized as an outstanding role model and positive influence.
A resident of Matteson, Ill., Perrot began teaching at TF North in 2009. She studied French with minors in American Studies and secondary education at Valparaiso University, graduating in 1989.
She received her master's in French from Bowling Green State University in 1992, also studying at the Alliance Francaise in Paris and the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France.
In 1994, she studied at the Institut Catholique de Paris, completing the program with diplomas of distinction in French language, translation, and literature.
She later earned a teaching endorsement for teaching English as a Second Language from the Illinois Resource Center and Indiana University, Bloomington.
Perrot said she never wanted to be anything but a teacher.
“I still remember my brother helping put together my 'future occupation' display for a Kindergarten Parent Night. It was my Fisher Price school with Little People arranged at desks and an adult, me, teaching,” she said.
“In grade school, I loved trying the pronunciations and pretending to be French. It fed the dream of ending up there one day.”
“And I loved my French teacher in high school. She was so enthusiastic, positive, and encouraging. She made French accessible to all of us, and effortless, at least for me. I wanted to pass that feeling on to my own students,” Perrot added.
When she is not cheering on her students, Perrot enjoys yoga, knitting and cooking. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French and attends Trinity Lutheran Church in Tinley Park.