I’ve known Michael “Doobie” Kurus since our sleep-deprived days of taking ECFE classes in the early 2000’s.
I (grudgingly) marveled then at his energetic involvement in the early childhood legislative advocacy initiative and the Harley Parent Advisory Council while managing to show up for three ECFE classes each week. Doobie proved also to be a nice guy who even passed around handmade truffles at the holidays.
We cross paths often as leaders in the Eisenhower and Tanglen Parent Teacher Organizations, both of us excited to root for elementary schools with diverse student populations and rich possibilities. Doobie’s service on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and Strategic Planning Committees tells me that administrators and policy-makers—as well as parents—seek out his passion and leadership.
Now, I find myself marveling again (gratefully, this time) at Doobie’s energy and track record. Plenty of people can generate ideas about policy and practice: very few actually plan and do the work to create effective change.
Doobie’s earned the most important credential of all. My vote goes to the guy with a “Gs.D.” (Gets Stuff Done) in education.
Katie Pierson, PTO president