ID&R Field Specialist Staff Information
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.
My name is Alfonso Landeros, and I grew up in Chicago Illinois. I attended DeVry University and graduated with a Bachelors 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.
Angelica Tackett is an Identification and Recruitment Specialist for IDOE. 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.
My name is Josmary Pearson. I am originally from Venezuela. I have been living in United States for twelve-years. I came here with the intention to learn the English language. It turns out that I met the love of live 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.
Originally 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.
Judith 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.
Jessica Figueroa is an Identification and Recruitment Field Specialist for the Migrant Education Program. She currently live in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband, son, and will be welcoming a baby girl in late fall. Jessica is a former migrant student herself and understands first-hand the struggles migrant families face on a daily basis. She hopes to serve as a successful example of the Migrant Education Program, as it afforded her the opportunity to attend Michigan State University and promote and recruit more families to participate. I am very motivated to work with you and the many others who will be part of the Migrant Resource Centers. I am more than ready to start this journey with you and share the many triumphs that will come!
Veronica Palacio is an identification and Recruitment Field Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education. Born in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico she came to Indiana thirteen 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.
Mina Potamousis is an Identification and Recruitment Field Specialist for the Migrant Education Program. She is a recent graduate of Indiana University, where she earned two Bachelors of Arts degrees-- International Studies and Spanish. After graduation, Mina worked in her family's businesses while she searched for the right next step to take. She finally found her path in May 2013, when she began working with the Migrant Education Program. Working with the Program has given her the opportunity to blend her education with her lifelong passion for helping others. Mina is proud to be helping migrant students and their families, and is excited to be a part of the program as it moves forward.