Dr. Jeanne Canelli provided active educational leadership at the national, state and local levels. In her professional career, she touched the lives of thousands of children, college students, community leaders, teachers and colleagues. Jeanne was passionate about teaching, and in particular, her work with young children. Her distinguished career was marked by numerous accomplishments, honors and awards.
As an Associate Professor of Education, Jeanne served as Director of the Child Development Lab at Framingham State College from 1987-2006. She also served as Chairperson of the Education Department from 2005-2006.
Jeanne was President (2002-2006), Vice President (2000-2001), and Secretary/Treasurer (1993-1996) of the Massachusetts Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (MAECTE). She was the recipient of the 2006 MAECTE/COMTEC Friend of Education Award.
Jeanne was a Board Member of the Council of Child Development Lab Administrators and co-founder of the Framingham Association for the Education of Young Children. She was also a member of the Massachusetts Department of Education Review Team, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Jeanne wrote and received grant funding from prestigious institutions such as the Kellogg Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Education.
In her work with students at Framingham State College, Jeanne served as the Counselor to the Kappa Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for education students.
Shortly after she joined Framingham State College, Jeanne achieved accreditation (1991) and re-accreditation (1994, 1997, 2001) for the Child Development Lab from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs/National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).