The Government of Ecuador and FIDAL Foundation Recognizes Educational and Artistic Excellence
Marie Lise Gazarian Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Excellent in Education. The government of Ecuador and the Foundation for the Integration and Development of Latin America (FIDAL) selected Marie Lise Gazarian unanimously to receive the “Life Path to Educational Excellence Recognition.” This award is given each year to exceptional teachers and professionals from Latin America, Spain and the United States. The former president of Ecuador Rosalia Arteaga Serrano with the FiDAL team considered this honor reflects a life of outstanding commitment to students, a dedicated mentor, as well as the importance of literary work in the promotion of Hispanic literature and Ibero-American culture. This recognition was granted on Friday, September 28 at 5 pm in Quito, Ecuador at the headquarters of the FIDAL foundation. Professor Gazarian spoke about her life and experiences interviewing the great Spanish writers of our time, and her career at St. John’s University as professor and director of the Graduate Program in Spanish. FIDAL was created twenty years ago in Quito, Ecuador. Its main objective is to improve the quality of education and self-esteem of teachers in Latin America.
Dr. Gazarian has had a long-standing experience in the promotion of Hispanic culture in the United States, for which she received the Al Mérito Cultural award from the Government of Spain, in 1981, and a Citation of Honor from the Honorable Claire Shulman, President of the Borough of Queens, in 1991 and 2000. She was awarded a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress in 1997 and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the Government of Ecuador in 2000. She was the recipient of the prestigious St. Vincent de Paul Teacher-Scholar Award for the year 2002 for her “continued excellence in teaching and scholarship.” In April 2003, she was awarded the Order of Alfonso X el Sabio by the King of Spain, one of the highest recognitions granted by the Spanish Government. In April 2004, she received from the Government of Chile the Order of Merit “Gabriela Mistral, ” named after the Chilean poet, a decoration granted to literary figures, artists and scholars.
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