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Congratulations to our 2017 Au Pair of the Year winners!

Au Pair in America is proud to announce our 2017 Au Pair of the Year winners. Here are their special stories.   See last year's winners.

    2017 Au Pair of the Year – First Place Winner

    Leonie Martin Monnard – France

    "Before we had four people in our family. Since Leonie came we have five people in our family." That is how our five year old son describes Leonie: as a member of the family. Not a babysitter or a caregiver or a friend. I couldn't agree more. Since Leonie joined our family through Au pair in America just over one year ago, we have been rewarded over and over.

    Leonie has brought her culture to us. She often sings French songs with the children, teaches them to count, and reads to them in French. Our three and five year old are so proud when they can show off their French.

    Leonie comes from a small town in France where her family grows many of their own vegetables. She has taken it upon herself to start an herb and vegetable garden with the children. They have spent hours cleaning, planting, labeling and watering the garden. Last week when I came home from work my son grabbed my hand and ran with me to the backyard. The pride my son felt in showing me the first sunflower that was blooming was priceless. Leonie has been teaching him about the reward that comes with hard work and dedication in caring for the garden.


  • Second Place Winner

    Karla Aguilera Garcia – Mexico

    Karla is a remarkable, passionate and caring young lady whom we are very fortunate to have welcomed into our family. She is extremely dedicated to not only providing phenomenal care to our son, Gabriel, but to also being a member of our family. Karla explained, for as long as she could remember, she dreamed of coming to the United States as an Au Pair. As such, she came to our family prepared to not only provide a safe and supportive environment for Gabriel to thrive, but she also brought with her many activities to enrich Gabriel’s educational experience through learning Spanish and customs from her home country of Mexico. After first discussing her ideas with us, she began teaching Gabriel to speak Spanish as well as English. Each day she chooses a word and explains the definition to Gabriel and then says it in both English and Spanish. Gabriel enthusiastically repeats the word and each night tells us about “his Spanish” he is practicing with Karla. In addition to teaching him Spanish, Karla also displays her dedication to Gabriel’s well-being through her patience and constant efforts to truly understand Gabriel and the most effective ways to capture his attention and help him advance educationally and emotionally each day.

  • Third Place Winner

    Supattra Jairew – Thailand

    เพื่อน You might not be familiar with this word, but our nearly one year old daughter knows it. It is the Thai word for “friends.” Our little girl recognizes the word because her exceptional au pair, Oi, translates many of our daughter’s books into Thai.

    When my husband and I were evaluating child care options, one compelling reason we chose an au pair from Au Pair in America to be our childcare provider was the opportunity for our daughter to be exposed to another language and culture. We matched with an engaging, intelligent, and caring au pair named Supattra “Oi” Jairew. During the match process, we expressed to Oi our desire that our child learn Thai. Oi was excited to share her language and culture in additional to improving her own English and learning more about the USA.

The information below explains the process that was used to select the winners of the 2017 Au Pair of the Year contest. We believe the contest was a wonderful way for host families to show their appreciation for their au pair's achievements and the ways in which she has touched their family. We'd like to thank all our host families for their submissions.
  • Each host family that entered the contest submitted an essay of 500 to 850 words that described the characteristics that make their au pair exceptional, noted the positive impact she has had on their family, and explained how she has integrated into their local community and learned about America.
  • To be eligible, the au pair being nominated must have been an au pair in 2017.
  • APIA asked the Community Counselors to submit a reference on behalf of all entries under consideration. The reference included details of the au pair's participation in the educational component, cluster meetings and activities, and the special ways the au pair embraced her experience in America.

The Au Pair of the Year – First Place Winner received:

  • 2 round trip tickets to reconnect with her host family in the U.S!
  • Entry into the International Au Pair Association's Au Pair of the Year contest!
  • Recognition on the Au Pair in America website!

Second Place and Third Place Winners received:

  • 1 round trip ticket to reconnect with their host family in the U.S!
  • Entry into the International Au Pair Association's Au Pair of the Year contest!
  • Recognition on the Au Pair in America website!

All nominees received:

  • A certificate from Au Pair in America and a copy of the host family's nomination letter!
  • Host family essays and Community Counselor references were judged by a committee appointed by Au Pair in America.
  • All contest entries are property of Au Pair in America, including rights to edit and publish the material.
  • Travel arrangements require 60 days notice and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Travel will be booked to the nearest major airport. Maximum value of $1500 per ticket.
  • By submitting a nomination, the host family agreed to the Au Pair of the Year Contest Official Rules.
    Click here for the official contest rules.

Each year the International Au Pair Association ( awards one exceptional au pair with the title "Au Pair of the Year." The "Au Pair of the Year" award not only celebrates one young person's achievements as an au pair, but also gives positive recognition to all au pairs and au pair programs across the world through its international media coverage.

Au Pair in America's winning Au Pair of the Year will be entered into IAPA's international contest. Submissions are judged by a selection panel appointed by IAPA, and three au pair finalists are selected. Each finalist must write a short essay detailing her/his au pair experience. Au pair essays are evaluated by the panel and a winner is chosen. The winning au pair will be notified by IAPA. All contest entries will become property of the International Au Pair Association

The winning au pair will be required to attend IAPA's Annual Conference in March (all expenses paid by IAPA) where she will be presented the "Au Pair of the Year" award.

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