Spotlight Staff

High School Spotlight Staff honors the amazing people working in the building and gives you a chance to learn a little bit more about them! The High School Spotlight Staff for December 2020 are the English Department!

Not all HS English Dept. Staff had a chance to submit their information, which is why you will not see all of them listed below.

Scroll past names for some Spotlight Staff pictures and see previous High School Spotlight Staff here (December 2020 is the inaugural month, so there are no previous ones yet).


Tom Chiappinelli, English Teacher

I have been at Ichabod Crane for 34 years. Before I came here I taught in New Jersey and White Plains. This is my 37th year of teaching. When I am not at school, I play trumpet in the Averill Park Community Orchestra, I play piano at home, and I love to work on cars and currently have a 1977 MG. Prior to that, I owned a 1958 Buick. I also enjoy flying remote control airplanes. I live with my wife, AnnMarie, who is an occupational therapist, and I have 2 children. My son Brian is a professional musician who also runs his own recording studio, and my daughter Kerry works in a veterinarian’s office, and she is also an excellent musician. One of my favorite things to do is to play music with my children.


Katie Goold, English Teacher

This is my fourth year teaching at Ichabod Crane High School. I taught at Shenendehowa prior to coming here, but I completed my student teaching here and always wanted to come back. I am a graduate of Siena College and have a master’s degree in literacy education from UAlbany. I love teaching students to think for themselves and share their ideas; communication and discussion is a significant part of my teaching and what I hope students take away from my courses. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking and snowshoeing to fire towers with my husband, Mr. Goold of the history department. We both enjoy the Adirondacks and being outside in all weather–even for our mask breaks! I also enjoy riding my horse, Daizee, who I have had for ten years. But most of all, I love to spend time reading and playing with my four-month-old daughter, Emma.


Nancy Dolan, English Teacher

After seven years of teaching English in the New York City Public School System, and marrying my husband Joe, I moved to Kinderhook and began teaching at Niskayuna High School. Soon thereafter I was blessed with two beautiful children; Susanna and Joseph and decided to become a stay-at-home mom. Once both children were off to school, I began substituting at Ichabod, eventually becoming a Teacher’s Assistant which then blossomed into my current role as a full-time ninth-grade English teacher. I have a passion for sharing my love of literature with my students and watching them grow as readers, writers, and individuals. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy taking long walks with my dog Daisy, experimenting in the kitchen, spending time with family and friends, and above all relaxing with a good book!


Mallory Favreau, Special Education & English Teacher

This is my second year here at Ichabod. After graduating from Le Moyne College I taught for 3 years in Ithaca. While there, I obtained my master’s degree in literacy education at SUNY Cortland. I love making connections with my students and watching them develop and grow as people throughout the year! When I’m not in school I enjoy several outdoor activities. I love to kayak, hike, ski, golf, and I frequently spend my weekends in the Adirondacks visiting my parents. I also really enjoy music and go to every concert I possibly can. I used to have fish but have decided after several losses that the pet life just isn’t for me!


Dan Farley, English Teacher & Administrator

This is my thirteenth year at ICHS, where it has been my privilege to serve as both the Assistant Principal and as an English Teacher. Before I came here, I taught for 17 years in Troy City Schools, at Questar 3 as a Staff Developer, and at several other districts as a substitute teacher. I served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army, the New York Army National Guard and the Reserves. I also served as a Volunteer Firefighter in East Greenbush. I am the advisor for the Garden Club, the Military Modeling Club, the Literary Magazine, Anime Club, and I am a co-advisor for the current Freshman Class. My wife and I have 6 children, 1 dog, 1 cat, 14 chickens, 5 turtles, 4 ducks, and a lot of fish tanks. I am active in my church in East Greenbush and I am also an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 41 in East Greenbush. One of my goals is to become a 46er and climb the highest peaks of the Adirondacks with my family and my scouts.


Megan Yeats, English Teacher

This is my eighth year at Ichabod Crane and seventeenth as an English teacher. I am also the tennis coach at ICC. Prior to Ichabod, I taught for nine years at Desert Ridge High School in Arizona where I coached high school tennis and badminton. After graduating from Hudson High School, I attended Arizona State University on an athletic scholarship for tennis. I graduated from the Barrett Honors College with an English major and a Spanish minor. After graduating from Arizona State, I earned my Master’s in Teaching English from Union College. I also earned my National Board Certification in 2009. I love connecting with students and supporting them as they work hard to achieve their goals. In my free time, I enjoy reading, going for walks, and spending time with family and friends.