The goal of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.
Louisiana MEP staff will coordinate statewide ID&R activities in order to ensure identification of all eligible migrant children in the state. Professional development and training in key areas of ID&R, data collection and reporting will be provided, along with assistance for all recruiters. Relevant up-to-date training will be provided through on-site face to face training, webinar conferencing, and other forms of professional development. All training will be relevant to Louisiana with helpful resources from reputable sources.
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Jorge Echegaray is a Senior Education Specialist for ESCORT, with a focus on Identification & Recruitment (ID&R). He provides technical assistance and professional development for Migrant Education Programs in several states and will be responsible for the ID&R program in Louisiana. Jorge joined ESCORT in 2008 as an Education Specialist and ID&R Trainer for Florida MEP. Previously, Jorge worked as an ESL teacher in the Allentown, PA, School District where he also assisted in the development of a community-based after-school program. He then served as Fiscal Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program and as a Grant Specialist for the Florida Department of Education. Jorge holds a Human Development and Family Studies degree from the Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from the University of Central Florida.
Susan “Nae” McDaniel is a Senior Recruiter responsible for statewide recruitment, working with Regional and district recruiters to support the Migrant Education Program. Nae will also conduct training, focusing on new recruiter training and quality control. She started her Migrant Career as a paraprofessional for the Rapides Parish School Board’s Migrant Education Program in 2011 and was promoted to recruiter/advocate/coordinator within her first year. In January 2015, she joined the UCAA ID&R Center as its first Statewide Regional Recruiter/Trainer. As a Senior Recruiter with ESCORT, she will conduct recruitment as well as respond to questions on eligibility, COE completion and assist with professional development and training of migrant recruiters statewide.
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Anna Velez-Negrón is the Data Entry Specialist for ESCORT. Anna assists in the review process for Louisiana Certificates of Eligibility (COEs) and maintains the LA MEP Master Contact list. She is also is responsible for the quality control, maintenance and entry of Florida COEs into a secure database. She also works as a Migrant Education Hotline Specialist.
Anna has been with ESCORT since 2009 and received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Fullerton College in California.
Anna began her work in Vermilion Parish as an ELL tutor in 2004. She worked with Vermilion and Iberia Parishes as an ELL/Migrant tutor as well as a recruiter/advocate and translator. As a Regional Recruiter on the LA MEP team, Anna will conduct targeted recruitment to support efforts in parishes across the state.
As a Regional Recruiter, Tomi is responsible for conducting recruitment around the state, providing support to targeted areas. Tomi moved to Louisiana from the South Arkansas Migrant Education Program where she served as a Recruiter since 1999.
Ian graduated from Bowdoin College in 2009 with a degree in Latin American Studies and Education. During that time, he spent a semester at the University of Havana studying Cuban history and philosophy. At Bowdoin, he founded Food Forward, a student organization that recycles food and educates the community about fighting hunger and its causes. Ian began his career in Migrant Education in 2010, leading efforts to provide services to Out of School Youth (OSY) during Maine's wild blueberry harvest with the Maine Migrant Education Program and Mano en Mano. Since then, he developed and led comprehensive services for migrant children across Maine, including school readiness activities, Parent Advisory Councils (PACs), and summer schools.
Ian Yaffe joined ESCORT in 2015. His work includes project management, comprehensive needs assessment, service delivery, parent involvement and Parent Advisory Council support/training/facilitation.