Region 3 Migrant Education Center
Our Regional Service Center
Meet Our Staff
Jesse taught for 6 years at the High School level in Social Studies before acquiring his Master’s degree in Educational Administration. He joined the Migrant Education Program in 2014 wanting to make a larger impact on one of our nation’s most at risk populations. Jesse’s primary role is to know, understand, and implement the entirety of MRC #3 academic and support services program. His role as Program Administrator makes him responsible for the follow through on all expectations/assurances from the Indiana Department of Education, management of MRC staff, implementation of programing, and expansion of the programs network through outreach.
Identification & Recruitment Specialist
Josmary Pearson started working with the Migrant Education Program May 2013 as a ID&R Field Specialist. Josmary graduated from Anderson University with a major in Liberal Arts/Spanish and a minor in Education. She decided to take on the recruiter role because of her passion to help children and believes that every child deserve to have the best possible educate regardless of background. Josmary’s role is to locate and identify migrant workers by getting out to farms, camps, nurseries, and any place related to agriculture work. She is the first contact with potential qualifying families and interviews them to discover if they qualify for the program.
Assistant Director of Support Programming
Doris joined the MEP, Migrant Education Program, 18 years ago when the program was centralized at the Indiana Department of Education Indianapolis. Doris started as a Migrant Field Specialist and Quality Control of data collections. In 2013, when the program took the form of regions, Doris joined Region 3 as a Migrant Education Specialist. As a Colombian-American, Doris knew the struggles immigrants face and wanted to help the migrant families and at-risk children navigate the cultural differences they face. In her role as a Migrant Education Specialist she interfaces with families to assess their needs to support an environment conducive to learning. She networks with a multitude of agencies in the twelve county region to help locate services that the program may not be able to directly support.
Migrant Parent Liaison
Edith Hernandez was born in New York where she obtained an A.A.S. Degree in Office Automation and Operations. Later, she moved to Indiana where she worked with the Indianapolis Public Schools for 16 years as a Bilingual Assistant, Parent Liaison and as a District Parent Involvement Educator. During these 16 years working side by side with families on a daily basis, she learned the real needs of the Latino families and strived even harder to make their transition to Indiana easier and more welcoming. Presently, Edith works as the Parent Liaison in the Indiana Migrant Education Program in Region 3! Edith identifies various community organizations, programs and agencies in order to meet family’s specific needs always having in mind the cultural sensitivity and language barriers. She also provides support and teaches families strategies, ideas, that will help them have success in their home school and community
Assistant Director of Instructional Programming
Zach has been with the Migrant Education Program since 2010. He joined the Migrant Program right after attending Ball State University where he majored in Physical Education. He started out as a migrant para at the high school and then became our IT and Secondary Services. Now Zach has shifted into an Assistant Director position. He is responsible for all of the technology equipment in the Region and making sure the all students are on track for graduation and knowledge of post secondary opportunities. He is also responsible for hiring tutors and setting up tutoring services for our migrant students.
Identification & Recruitment Specialist
Elliot holds degrees in Education and Civil Engineering and originally called Veracruz, Mexico his home. He is a Civil Engineer with 6 years of experience in construction of oil platforms, contract administration and personnel management. However, he always felt a passion towards education, and decided to return to University and get his Degree in Education. Elliot taught 2nd grade in Veracruz for a short time before being unexpectedly provided an opportunity to work outside of his country with the MEP. He and his wife decided to move their growing family across the continent for this unique opportunity. He worked as a Spanish Teacher at the Sumer School, Out of School Youth teacher and as Parent Liaison for Region 2 in southwest Indiana, along with continuing to get his Certification as a Bilingual Teacher in the State of Indiana. Elliot joined the Region 3 staff as an Identification & Recruitment Specialist in October 2018.