Assistant Superintendent Imma Canelli honored as Outstanding SCSU Alumna

Abbe Smith
NHPS Director of Communications
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction was honored this month at a ceremony where she received the 2012 Southern Connecticut State University School of Education Outstanding Alumni Award.
Canelli started out with the district in 1978 at New Haven’s Troup Middle School teaching 7th grade reading. Canelli’s career in the New Haven Public Schools advanced from teacher (1978-90), to Reading Supervisor(2001-05) implementing and managing literacy curriculum, to Director of Instruction (2005-08) overseeing nine city schools in need of improvement and evaluation of administrators, to her current position as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
As a strong leader committed to the districts’ nationally recognized School Change initiative, Canelli’s work with curriculum and instruction has taken the district closer to reaching its goals of closing the achievement gap, cutting the drop-out rate in half and ensuring that every student is prepared for college.
“Imma is a true champion for our children and a driving force in our efforts to improve every school in New Haven. I am so proud of the work she has accomplished for New Haven Public Schools and I look forward to working with her as we continue to advance our School Change goals,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo. “Imma is an exemplary leader with a big heart and a creative mind. She deserves this honor.”
Canelli has presented nationally at numerous reading and education conferences, developed district-wide curriculum and staff development experiences and served on numerous state committees. She earned a bachelor’s degree in intermediate-upper education (Cum Laude), master’s degree in reading (Magna Cum Laude) and her sixth-year degree in Educational Leadership, all from SCSU. She also has worked as an adjunct professor as SCSU since 2004.
“I am thrilled and humbled by this tremendous honor,” Canelli said. “Education is a passion for me and I am proud to have committed  34 years of my life to helping kids in New Haven get a chance to succeed. I thank Dr. Mayo for giving me a chance and I thank everyone who has helped me along the way. Our students deserve nothing less than the very best when it comes to education and I believe New Haven schools are on the path to greatness. We have hard work ahead and I look forward to the challenge.”
Imma resides in Cheshire with her husband Robert Canelli, who retired from New Haven schools after 35 years of service, 28 of them as an administrator. They have a son, Bob, an anesthesiologist and father of 18-month-old boy, and daughter Jacqueline, a 4th grade teacher in North Carolina.