Posted: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 11:00am Updated: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 2:46pm

Our ID&R Field Specialists are an integral part of our vision and mission of identifying and serving 100% of all migrant students. Read to find out more information about each staff member.

Region 1: Alfonso Landeros

Alfonso LanderosMy name is Alfonso Landeros, and I grew up in Chicago Illinois.  I attended DeVry University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.  I began my career working for a CPA firm in Chicago Illinois.  I later joined the gaming industry and began working as a Sr. Internal Auditor for a well-known casino.  I switched careers and began preparing taxes and provided tax consulting.  In May 2013, I began working for the Department of Education (DOE) as a Migrant Field Recruiter for the Migrant Education Program (MEP) which is a program under Title I.  Currently, I continue working with the MEP as an Identification and Recruitment Field Specialist.  I am a firm believer of education and believe that when educating the minds of our youths, we must not forget to educate their hearts too.


Region 2: Angelica Tackett

Angelica TackettAngelica Tackett is an Identification and Recruitment Specialist for Region 2.  She is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico where she worked in the nursing field.  What was supposed to be a short trip to Indiana to visit her cousins turned into a much longer stay.  Eight years later, with a husband and two children, Angelica still calls Indiana home.  Since then she was worked as an interpreter/translator for different school corporations as well as a migrant clerk/home school coordinator/parent involvement liaison for North White School Corporation for five years. She is currently working on finishing her nursing degree, and is very excited to be part of this great team.


Region 3: Josmary Pearson

Josmary PearsonMy name is Josmary Pearson.  I am originally from Venezuela. I have been living in United States for fifteen years.  I came here with the intention to learn the English language.  It turns out that I met the love of life and have three beautiful girls with him.  I have experienced various areas of employment, which include ice cream scooper, retail banker and interior designer.  However, after the closing of my former employer, I decided to go back to college four years ago.  I attended and graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor in Arts in Spanish and a minor in Education.  I always thought that helping others was important and found a wonderful position in the Department of Education for the State of Indiana.  I am fortunate to be a part of the Indiana Migrant Education Program, which allows me to serve the State and help others at the same time.  I am very excited to be a part of helping children get the education that they deserve.


Region 4: Alexander Rodriguez

Alexander RodriguezOriginally from San Jose, Costa Rica, Alexander Rodriguez graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a degree in Education and a minor in Public Administration. He also studied at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis. He worked for the Hispanic Center for many years helping the Latino community. He is certified as a Spanish teacher in the state of Ohio. He has worked as Spanish teacher for 10 years within Indiana and Ohio Schools.  He currently works as an Identification and Recruitment Field Specialist for the Migrant Education Program.


Region 5: Judith Grant

Judith GrantJudith Grant is an Identification and Recruitment Field Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education.  She is originally from Lima, Peru where she studied and perused a degree in Education.  Judith came to the United States as an international student in 1987 and never looked back.  She continued her studies at the University of Louisville while becoming involved with community organizations.  Judith shares a love for education and a passion for working with people.  She utilizes her interpersonal communication skills on a daily basis while working for the Migrant Education Program.  


Region 6: Sonia Ávila

Sonia ÁvilaSonia Avila comes to us from South Texas and has recently relocated to the Berne Indiana area. Sonia is married and has a 2 year old baby girl. Sonia is a former migrant that worked during the summer seasons in the states of Wyoming, Arkansas and Wisconsin during her teenage years. Sonia has worked with the Teaching Mentoring Communities (TMC) for the last 13 years as a Family Service Advocate. She brings many years of experience working with Migrant families. Sonia will now be working to identify new families in Region 6. Sonia is excited that she joined this team. Her passion is to help families and build strong relationships with the community, schools, and business in her service delivery area.


Statewide ID&R Field Specialist: Veronica Palacio

Veronica PalacioVeronica Palacio is an identification and Recruitment Field Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education. Born in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico she came to Indiana sixteen years ago.  She received her Bachelor Degree with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Marian University.  She has six years of experience in the education field working as an ENL paraprofessional providing support to students with limited English. She currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband Sergio, their children Mirna, Sergio Jr. and Yamir.