Our team at the ECDC is dedicated to providing the best education and care for the children in our Center. Our staff is listed on this page by administration and food service staff first, followed by teachers and assistants. Learn more about us here and feel free to contact us.
ECDC DIRECTOR AND STAFF
Joslyn Marinelli joined the University of Michigan-Flint Early Childhood Development Center in 2012 where she worked in the preschool and toddler classrooms and then became the Assistant Director. Joslyn has her masters degree in early childhood educational leadership and advocacy, her bachelor degree in early childhood education, and an associate degree in business administration. In addition to her role as Director at the ECDC, Joslyn serves on the board of the Michigan 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.
Tara Hyatt became a part of the ECDC family in August 2005 after earning her Bachelor’s Degree from UM-Flint in Elementary Education, with an Early Childhood Endorsement. Go Blue! She started her ECDC journey as part of the infant/toddler teaching team. She taught until 2012 when she began to assist the ECDC administratively. Tara now supports the ECDC as their Administrative Specialist.
Mary Lynn Gottler
Mary Lynn Gottler joined the ECDC in 2006 and still tells everyone that it is her dream job! Mary has been teaching since 1987 and holds a Master's degree in Education, in addition to many dedicated years of studying the Reggio approach to working with children. In 2014, she took a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy to deepen her understanding and practice of this approach. Mary credits her time at the ECDC with making her a better educator and person. Mary is dedicated to her work, supporting teachers and children and nurturing their growth. She is passionate about making schools a place where all children and families are respected and heard as citizens of their community and their world. Mary especially enjoys collaboration with others and the processes of documenting the work of teachers and children through ongoing teacher research and strives to make the voices of the children heard through that documentation. She has many goals and visions for the ECDC's future and plans to work many more years to help make them a reality.
Alysha Arnould joined the ECDC in August 2009 working with our older toddlers. She is now a Head Teacher in the Vento classroom working with preschoolers as a part of the Great Start Readiness Program. Alysha completed her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in December 2011 and her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education in December 2018.
Jen Cozart joined the ECDC in 2013 while she worked in the preschool and toddler classrooms. She is now the Head Teacher of the Cascata classroom working with preschoolers. She has worked in a childcare setting for 8 years and plans on many more. In May 2015, she graduated from UM-Flint with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Mathematics. She is currently working toward her Master’s Degree with a focus on Early Childhood. She says that since working at the ECDC, she has gained an understanding of the importance of creating a strong foundation of trust and communication amongst parents, children and educators. She plans to continue futhering her education, by striving for a second Master’s Degree which will be in Special Education and American Sign Language. Through her experience and education in early childhood, she has found that there is nothing greater than being a special part of each child’s day.
Khloe joined the ECDC in January 2014 as an infant/toddler teacher. She is now a Head Teacher in the Nido classroom working with infants. She has worked in a child care setting for ten 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 is now finishing up her 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.
Mariah Haskins joined the ECDC in 2012 working with infants. She is now the Head Teacher in the Giardino classroom working with older toddlers. She has worked in a child care setting for 10 years and plans on many more. She is working on her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and her expected graduation is Spring 2020. Since working at the ECDC, Mariah says she has gained some insight into the minds of young children. Through her experience and education in early childhood, she has found that there is nothing greater than making a connection with a child and watching them continue to grow throughout their lives.
Sharneese Jones joined the ECDC in Fall 2012 working with toddlers. After some years working with preschoolers, she is now back with toddlers and is the Head Teacher of the Fiume classroom. She has worked in a child care setting for seven years and plans on many more. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Michigan-Flint. Since working at the ECDC, she has gained hands-on experience and the ability to understand the way that children learn. As she completes her Master’s Degree in Mathematics in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, she plans to study along colleagues to further her understanding of how children process mathematics.
Angela Sintery joined the ECDC in August 2012 working with preschoolers. She supported our expansion projects from Spring 2016 through Fall 2019 and is now the Head Teacher of Cielo, one of our GSRP classrooms. While working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, she says that working at the ECDC has helped her gain a stronger view on the importance of quality education for young children. She plans on expanding her knowledge for many years to come, while continuing to work with children and educating fellow teachers and the community. Through her experience and education in early childhood, she has found that there is nothing greater than playing along in the world of a young child.