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ECDC DIRECTOR AND STAFF
Joslyn Marinelli joined the University of Michigan-Flint Early Childhood Development Center in 2012 working on internships in the preschool and toddler classrooms. Joslyn completed her bachelor degree in early childhood education along with an associate degree in business administration. She is currently pursuing her masters in early childhood educational leadership and advocacy. In addition to her role as Assistant Director at the ECDC, Joslyn serves on the board of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, the Greater Flint Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Young Professional Committee. She is a member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) and has been on two study trips to Reggio Emilia, Italy. Working with the campus and downtown Flint community along with how the environment can enrich and enhance the learning community are research interests that guide her work.
Robert Callahan has been working at the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) since the fall of 2009. Robert received his associate degree in child development in 2011. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an early childhood endorsement. Robert works in the Cielo preschool classroom at the ECDC that services at-risk children. He enjoys working with students who have a wide range of social, emotional and academic skills, knowing that research is showing positive long-term effects from being in a high quality preschool setting. Robert is interested in sharing his passion for early childhood as he frequently collaborates with his colleagues and presents at conferences. His research interests include: the Reggio Emilia philosophy, male teachers in early childhood, and students from poverty and challenging behaviors.
Susan Ford began to work for the University of Michigan-Flint Early Childhood Development Center as a beginning preschool Teacher’s Assistant in October of 2005 and eventually becoming a Head Teacher. While working at the ECDC, Susan obtained her bachelor degree in family life education from Spring Arbor University in Flint, Michigan in 2008. Susan is currently enrolled in the early childhood education master’s program at the University of Michigan-Flint. Currently, Susan’s research focuses on how do optional home visits help to foster strong home-school connections especially in the areas of family participation, parent investment in a child's academic growth, and overall classroom community. Susan has documented her past and present experiences with home visits to be able to share her findings at early childhood conferences. Susan's background and passion for early childhood education has led her to seek out opportunities to share her knowledge and expertise.
Khloe joined the ECDC in January 2014 working with infants. She is now a Head Teacher in the Giardino classroom working with the young toddlers. She has worked in a child care setting for seven years and plans on many more. Since working at the ECDC, she gained a new love of working with children through the Reggio Emilia approach. One day, she plans on traveling to Italy for more inspiration. In June 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Early Childhood Education. She plans on continuing her education in September 2017 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Through her experience and education in early childhood, she has found that there is nothing greater than being a piece of the child’s developmental journey.