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2017 Winners - apex Professional Au Pair of the Year Competition!

Read about our top three Social Care Professionals of 2017!

23. Januar 2017 remove_red_eye 2.108 Views

APOTYapex asked host families across America to nominate their social care professionals for our annual contest - Professional Au Pair of the Year. The nomination essays were amazing and reminded us what a difference our professional au pairs are making in the lives of their families and host children! As with previous years, one winner and two runners-up were selected from among the many submissions.


Congratulations to Maren Fander, the winner of apex PROaupair’s 2017 Au Pair of the Year Competition. Maren, a 26-year old speech therapist from the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, has lived with the Lawrence family of Cottage Grove, Minnesota since May 2016. In her host family’s words, “Maren is the epitome of a professional au pair and deserves to be recognized for her leadership, hard work ethic, creativity and perseverance while working with our 6-year-old son, Hiroki.” Read the nomination letter her host family wrote here.

Congratulations also to Sophia Leonhardt, one of the two runners up for the award. The Schueller family of Troy, Michigan nominated Sophia, an Occupational Therapist from the Bayern region of Germany. Sophia spent a year caring for the Schueller family’s three children – ages 9, 2 and 1. Host mom Nikki Schueller says, “Sophia spent every moment of every day making our lives better and easier. She loved our children. She kept them safe and secure. She improved Parker’s quality of life in ways I could never have imagined.” Read the nomination letter her host family wrote here.


2017_APOTY_JuliaFinally, congratulations to Julia Mertins, our other runner up. The Schulenburg family of Winnetka, Illinois nominated Julia, a Speech Therapist from Frankfurt, Germany. Caring for the family’s two children, Luke (10 and Bennett (7), Julia has touched their lives in so many ways. According to her host family, “Julia has amazed us so much, it is hard to put it into words. It is incredible how a stranger can come into your life and touch your heart.” Read the nomination letter her host family wrote here.

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