Distinguished Alumna

Barry University Distinguished Alumni Awards

Fanny Saadi Clonch, BA '88

Teacher, Chicago Public Schools

Fanny Clonch is a teacher at Curie High School, a public school in Chicago. She teaches French in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the Middle Year Program as well as the regular program. At Curie, Fanny engages the students in various extra-curricular activities. She coaches them in the art of debate through the Model UN program and travels with them to the University of Michigan to give them a chance to tackle world issues alongside peers from different corners of the US and abroad.

She leads a similar program called the Euro Challenge Competition and helps the students learn about European institutions and their relationship with the US. Most importantly, Fanny founded the French Exchange Program and for more than 18 years she’s invited American families to host French students and lead American students to discover France, live with French families and thus deepening their knowledge and appreciation of the language and culture they are studying as well as fostering long term friendship and a deeper understanding of the world surrounding them.

After graduating from Barry University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management in 1988, Fanny moved to Chicago. She worked at the Hyatt Hotel, Benetton Corporation and the Wallonia Trade Office of the Belgian Consulate before switching careers and becoming an educator. In 1995, Fanny earned a Master’s degree in French Literature from the University of Chicago and in 2004 a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from De Paul University.

Whenever possible, Fanny enjoys traveling and volunteering abroad. She traveled to Mali to lay the foundation for a school with BuildOn and to Rwanda and Uganda to interpret and assist a group of doctors and nurses.

Fanny is a member of AATF, American Association of Teachers of French, ACTFL, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She is an advocate and a consultant for the Young Center, a human rights organization dedicated to advocating for the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children.

Fanny has been married to Douglas Clonch since 1991. They have a daughter Coralie and a son Tristan age 26 and 22, respectively.