Michelle Golus joined the Early Childhood Investment Corporation in April 2015 as the Director of Great Start to Quality Professional Development. She provides oversight and leadership for Great Start to Quality - program and provider participation, professional development and technical assistance. She oversees the planned programs of technical assistance provided to the regionally located Great Start to Quality Resource Center Directors, Quality Improvement Specialists and Consultants. She also works in partnership and collaboration with the Director of Great Start to Quality Assessment and Systems to ensure successful implementation and ongoing excellence of Great Start to Quality.
Ms. Golus has devoted the last 15 years of her career to promoting excellence in early childhood education programs. Ms. Golus has held many roles during her tenure in the field including: Classroom Teacher, Early Education Director, Trainer, Parent Educator and Liaison, Curriculum Developer, Program Evaluator, Consultant, Speaker, Coach and Mentor. She has worked with students, families, and educators in both the private sector and public sector and is committed to providing the highest level of quality standards and programming in early childhood education.
For over 8 years, Ms. Golus was the administrator of an early learning program whose foundation was based upon best practices, qualified staff, and collaborative relationships with the families and surrounding communities. This program was one of the first early learning programs in the state of Michigan to earn a 5-star rating through Great Start to Quality. As an educator and administrator, Ms. Golus demonstrated her commitment to linking hands-on learning to educational standards and is committed to creating culturally relevant and child centered, play-based early childhood environments. Her experiences and education work in tandem to promote the importance of play, developmentally appropriate practices, and excellence in all facets of early childhood education.
Ms. Golus has also worked as a professional development trainer and a national lecture trainer educating adults all across the nation in topics such as: excellence in early childhood education, curriculum and best practices, assessment and observation, literacy and math foundations, professionalism in the early childhood field, parents as partners, as well as an entire collection of HighScope training modules.
Most recently, Ms. Golus served as a Quality Improvement Specialist for the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Great Start to Quality Resource Center. Ms. Golus was instrumental in recruiting and supporting numerous home-based and center-based childcare providers’ participation in Great Start to Quality. Ms. Golus attributes her successes with these providers to her ability to relate to them as one who had chosen to participate in Great Start to Quality and achieved the highest star rating. She was able to share first-hand knowledge, encouragement, and successful experiences with each of the providers she met and supported.
Ms. Golus continues to use her education and experiences to speak at conferences and lead workshops in hopes of helping to advance a culture of excellence in all of ECIC’s work. She is committed to educating parents, current and future educators alike in our pursuit of creating a better tomorrow for all children.
Ms. Golus received her Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute’s School of Child Development, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Rochester College’s School of Education, and an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Macomb Community College. She considers herself to be a student of lifelong learning and holds multiples training certificates in early childhood assessment methods, literacy foundations, and more. She capitalizes on every opportunity to learn something new and has plans to further her formal education.
Ms. Golus believes that we can all make a difference in the lives of young children. She believes we can achieve this goal through a commitment to excellence, collaborative utilization of resources, reflection of the past, and intentional practices and purposeful design for the future. Her motto stands, “It is time to be bold – there is always a solution”.