Middle 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 Middle School Spotlight Staff for December 2020 is the Grade 6-8 Math & Science Departments!
Scroll past names for Spotlight Staff pictures and see previous Middle School Spotlight Staff here (December 2020 is the inaugural month, so there are no previous ones yet).
Jeffrey Montague, Math Teacher
This is my third year teaching seventh and eighth-grade math at Ichabod Crane. (I also did part of my student-teaching at ICMS the year before I started working here.) I became a teacher because I love working with students and helping them to unlock the potential inside of themselves. One of my favorite parts of my job is when students have a “lightbulb” moment and suddenly everything they have been learning makes sense.
Outside of school, I enjoy reading, watching baseball and football, going to church, and spending time with my family and my cat.
Fun Fact: I was a member of my school’s drama club when I was in high school. I acted in several plays (I was the Ghost when we performed Hamlet), but I usually preferred to help backstage or in the tech booth. My love of theater continued after I graduated and over the past few years I have directed several middle school and high school productions at my former high school.
Kim Funk, Math Teacher
I’ve been teaching Mathematics for 31 years now. Much of which has been here at Ichabod Crane! My grandmother was a math teacher for the district many, many years ago. I was fortunate as a little girl to spend much time with her. I would sit at the table watching her tutor students. She was my inspiration, and through her, I developed my love for teaching!
In my free time, I have three grown children, a special daughter in law, two grandsons ages 2 and 3, and twin granddaughters coming soon! I’m truly blessed! In my spare time, I enjoy watching football(a big Buffalo Bills fan!), horse races, backyard barbeques, being in the sun, and time with friends.
Fun facts: My first job was serving ice cream at the Dairy Queen in Ghent, NY when I was just 14 years old (yes 14!). I was a cheerleader for a semi-professional football team who played in Hudson(the Vikings) the summer of 1983.
Victoria Boor, Math Teacher
This is my 3rd year teaching at ICMS. I previously subbed here and was so happy to return! My hobbies include reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family. I have 1 “fur baby” at home (a pit bull named Jan) and my first child on the way! My husband & I are excited to be adding our child into the ever-expanding “cousin crew” made up of our combined 7 nieces and 3 nephews.
I teach because I have several people who inspired me when I was younger, I love working with the students and seeing their “aha!” moments, and I enjoy getting to know them as people, not just students in my classroom.
Fun facts: I am a huge Harry Potter fan (so much that I even incorporated it as a theme for my wedding reception!), I think donkeys are adorable, and I minored in French in college. I can also play the trumpet!
Kim Zorzi, Math Teacher
This is my 14th year Teaching at Ichabod Crane! For fun, I like to walk our two Newfoundland dogs (Marcus and Clara), snowshoe, read, and watch tv (many, many 90’s sitcom reruns!) I love teaching as many teachers helped me along the way and I would like to pay it forward.
Fun fact: I have traveled to 31 of the 50 states. America!
Elisabeth Milot, Math & Science Teacher
I have taught at the Ichabod Crane Middle school for 25 years as a sixth-grade teacher. I have always taught science, but now also teach math since 2012.
I was born and raised in Germany and trained in Early Childhood education. When I immigrated to the United States the degree did not offer the opportunities I was looking for and I decided to go back to school and become a teacher. I attended the College of St. Rose and received both my bachelor’s and master’s in their education department. I also have National Board Certification in Adolescent Science. I am involved as a member of STANYS (Science Teacher Association of New York State), keeping current with the latest science teaching.
In my free time, I like reading, biking, baking, knitting, gardening, traveling to see family (Germany) and friends. I am very excited about the new Albany-Hudson Electric trail and have used it several times already.
I love learning about nature and all science related topics, including technology. I am amazed how far we have come in the district, where we started with one computer on wheels to be shared by a grade level to having Chromebooks per student. I love finding opportunities to bring nature into the classroom and share my interests and excitement with the students.
I live in Columbia County with my husband and we have raised 2 children, and now enjoy one grandchild.
Elisa McNeil, Math & Science Teacher
I have been teaching at Ichabod Crane Middle School for 17 years. I have taught mostly Mathematics and Science at the Middle School. I love teaching because it is different every day. The children are energetic and share their experiences and original ideas.
When I am not teaching I particularly like to be outdoors. I enjoy fishing, swimming, biking, skiing and hiking. I also am very passionate about horses and trail riding with friends. When I retire, I hope to be able to travel with my husband and find new adventures. I have worked with different fundraising groups such as Make-A-Wish of NYS and JDRF.
I come from a family of educators. My father and grandfather were college presidents. My mother was a religious education leader and a career counselor and my grandmother taught high school science. I used to enjoy playing “school” with my elementary school friends (and will still play with my granddaughter). I am very much a people person. I enjoy interacting with lots of different personalities and enjoy listening to stories.
I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. My husband and I live in Averill Park and have been actively involved in their scholastic and extra-curricular activities. Our son wrestled and coached for his HS team, played soccer and our daughter rode in the rodeo traveling to different states for competitions.
A fun fact about me is that I worked with the designer of a theatrical production and sewed costumes for The Christmas Carol, in Albany, NY.
Melanie Moon, Math & Science Teacher
I have been a teacher at Ichabod Crane for 22 years. I spent the first 19 years teaching first and second grades in the Primary School and now teach math and science in the Middle School. I love this community which is why I have chosen to work, live, and raise my four children here. My oldest daughter has graduated and attends college in South Carolina. My two boys are both high school students and my youngest daughter is in fourth grade.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and being outdoors. I love the warm weather and the water. I consider myself a beach bum! Someday I will live closer to the ocean!
A fun fact about me is that as a child I spent my summers on a farm in Canada. I learned how to drive a tractor and bale hay! My French skills are rusty but still not too bad.
Jen Gecewicz, Science Teacher
I have been a middle school science teacher for 16 years, teaching at Ichabod Crane Middle School since 2015. Prior to teaching, I worked as a senior lab technician in Cell Biology and Cancer Research at Albany Medical College, as a supplier for NAPA Auto Parts, and as a barista at The Coffee Beanery. My hobbies include photography, trivia, quoting movies, geeking out on podcasts, and home renovation – especially when I get to use the sledgehammer! I live and laugh daily with my husband and our two sons who are in 8th grade and 5th grade. We will also welcome Lanie, our new yellow labrador retriever, this year.
Some fun facts about me are that in high school I won bronze and gold medals in USRowing Youth National Championships, I am allergic to raw apples, and I am friends with a Muppeteer!
I am a teacher because I love kids. I love the smiles they share when I tell them, “we’re doing a lab today.” During my own education, I had several influential science teachers that helped foster my interest in science and learning. I am fascinated by science and I am addicted to learning. My commitment to being a lifelong learner is evident in the fact that I clocked 625 hours of professional learning in the last five years alone! I hope that sharing my passion for learning about the world inspires my students to continue to learn throughout their lives.
Shari Dowling, Science Teacher
I have been teaching at Ichabod for 25 years. Before becoming a teacher I spent 13 years as a Medical Technologist. It was the love of biology and working with children that led me to combine the two. I have one daughter who also majored in biology and now has a career as an embryologist. My yellow lab Bentley keeps me busy at home.
Fun Facts: I once auditioned for the New York City Ballet. I like to watch Syracuse Basketball, Go Orange! I love animals and visiting zoos.
Forrest Madison, Science Teacher
I am new to Ichabod this year and spent the past 3 years teaching in Oregon. While I was in Oregon I taught a LOT of different classes since the school was so small. I taught astronomy, biology, chemistry, physical science, art, health, gym, debate, typing, technology skills, along with 6th, 7th and 8th-grade science. I was pretty busy all the time and I’m happy to focus on just one grade level this year!
I have two fluffy family members at home (both cats). Their names are Flora and Tikka, Flora is one of the only cats I know that demands “hugs”, she sits in my hand and puts a paw on each shoulder. In my spare time, I like to play video games with my friends and brother. We mostly play Apex legends at the moment but I enjoy a variety of games. I also love to read and spend time in the great outdoors. My motto for the winter is “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing!”. I have also recently taken up disc golf and it’s pretty fun so far.
Speaking of things that are fun one of the main reasons I became a teacher was because of how much fun it is to be in a classroom. Getting to talk about all the weirdness of science with my students makes every day a joy. I also come from a long line of teachers. My father and both my grandfathers were teachers and they inspired me to love teaching from an early age.
Hmmm, fun facts… hard to tell what makes a fact “fun” but here we go: My first job was at a toy store where I sold yo-yos. I have ridden a dolphin (the flipper kept hitting my shins, not too much fun). I have been skydiving indoors and out of a plane.