Only 20 Americans have been knighted with the French Academic Palms award and Campbell High School’s Dr. Svetoslava Dimova is one of them.
As her colleagues and students watched with jubilation, Dr. Dimova was knighted by Louis de Corail, the French Consulate for Atlanta.
“Receiving [this award] is the greatest honor that I could imagine for myself. It caught me by surprise. I’m extremely happy and very thankful,” Dr. Dimova said.
The French Academic Palms recognizes those, like Dr. Dimova, who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture. For those who are named and promoted in the Order of the French Academic Palms (l’Ordre des Palmes académiques), this esteemed distinction acknowledges their merits, talents, and exemplary activities.
Because Dr. Dimova is now a member of an elite group of Americans who have received the French honor. The Campbell High School Foreign Language Department Chair acknowledged that the high honor caught her by surprise, but for her students, it came as no surprise.
Today Dr. Dimova teaches magnet students in Campbell’s International Baccalaureate Program, but she has been educating students in the Cobb County School District for more than two decades, including helping Cobb students participate in French exchange programs.
Campbell junior Jack described his teacher as one of the great motivators in his life.
“This award is a real testament to what she does for all of her students,” Jack said with praise.