The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2018 Betty Garlick Lifetime Achievement Award to JaneAnn Benson, Director, Fratzke Early Learning Laboratory, Grand Rapids Community College.
JaneAnn Benson is a life-long learner and a champion and tireless advocate for children, families and the field of early education and care. She has been a preschool teacher, center director, early childhood education instructor and consultant. JaneAnn is dedicated to providing high quality experiences for young children, their families, college students and early childhood professionals. She is a ‘leader of leaders’ who models caring, empathy, respect, and the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships. JaneAnn is an assessor for the NAEYC Higher Education accreditation process, an active member of Michigan AEYC, and has served as her local AEYC affiliate’s president and representative.