Meet our Staff:
John Landesman, Study Circles Program Coordinator: Before
coming to Montgomery County Public Schools, John was director of Community
Assistance for Everyday Democracy, a national organization that
provides technical assistance to communities around the country on issues such
as race relations, immigration, education reform, and police–community relations. John
also was the founding director of Community Wide Dialogue on Racism and Race Relations in Central
New York. He lives in Silver Spring and has children in MCPS.
Deanna Kuhney, Study Circles Parent Community Coordinator:
Yesenia Escolastico, Study
Circles Parent Community Coordinator: Yesenia graduated from Virginia
Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and a minor in
Non-Profit Management and Administration. The topics that interest Yesenia are
educational equity, inequalities in urban education, Latino studies and
discourses on race, class and gender inequalities.
Benjamin Eichberg, AmeriCorps Member/Study Circles
Program Assistant: Benjamin is in his first year as an AmeriCorps member for Study Circles with Project CHANGE. He graduated from the University of
Maryland in May 2014 with a Bachelors of Art in Sociology and is a proud
product of Montgomery County Public Schools. Benjamin is passionate about social
justice, public policy, and education reform issues, specifically surrounding the
intersectionality of race, class, and gender in underrepresented communities. He is excited to work with
Study Circles and MCPS leadership teams, teachers, parents, and students to
address the race-based achievement gap and further his career goals of advocating for positive social change.
Caprecia Camper, AmeriCorps Member/Study Circles Program Assistant: Caprecia is
participating in her first year as an AmeriCorps member for Project CHANGE.
Caprecia attended the University of California San Diego where she majored in
Political Science Public Policy and Minored in African American Studies. She is
currently interested in education equity and policy. Caprecia previously
interned with the San Diego ACLU office’s Inspire program where she
helped develop programs to inspire high school students to vote. Originating
from California, Caprecia is excited to be a part of the Study Circles team
here in Montgomery County.
JerMarkus Booker, AmeriCorps Member/ Study Circles Program Assistant: JerMarkus is
in his first year with the Study Circles program. He graduated from Dillard
University New Orleans, LA with a major in political science and Urban
Studies/Public Policy and enjoys being able to use his experience and
personality, in his work with Study Circles. He recently relocated to Maryland,
from New Orleans, la where he worked with Youth Empowerment Project as a youth
advocate for the After School and Summer Enrichment Programs. He enjoys working with communities throughout
Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties and is looking forward to seeing the
program develop over the next couple of years, with the hope of continuing his
career creating equality and social justice for all.