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 latest Middle School Spotlight Staff are the Counseling Staff and Teaching Assistants!
Michele Robillard, Library Teaching Assistant
I worked at a hospital billing office for 23 years before taking a huge leap and going back to school to become a certified TA (the best decision I have ever made)! I have been working at ICC now for 5 years. I work in the library in all 3 buildings and absolutely love my job. My hobbies are reading, traveling (our goal is to hit all 50 states), mini-golf, playing board games, taking walks with my family and our two dogs (Charley and Peanut) and going to the movies. I am married to my best friend. His name is Brian and we have one AMAZING son, Devon, and he is the light of our lives!!
Fun facts: I still dress up for Halloween every year to hand out candy! Also, I keep my “Christmas” tree up all year round and decorate it for each holiday every month.
Kasey Conklin, School Counselor
I have been here at Ichabod for almost 2 years! It has flown by. My hobbies include anything involving my dogs, riding quads or on the back of our motorcycle, and doing crafts around the house.
I have two large dogs and a baby boy (Mason) on the way. Since I am not from this area, I try to see my family on the weekends.
I became a School Counselor because I always saw myself working with people, helping, lending a hand but most importantly I wanted to be who you needed when you were younger.
Dale Tuczinski, School Counselor
I have been a School Counselor here at Ichabod Crane for 27 years. My hobbies include fishing, spending time at the ocean, raising chickens, hanging out with my Black Lab (Bear), and spending time with my family. I’m married to my wife, Christine, and between us, we have 6 children. Ben, Stephanie, Carrie, Spencer, Matt and Sadie!
I became a School Counselor because I’ve always loved working with kids, even back when I was a camp counselor during my teenage years!
Carrie Dugan, Teaching Assistant
I have been a Teaching Assistant at ICC for 13 years after staying home for 13 years with my children. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade and currently 4th grade. I love my job, my teachers, and each and every one of my students.
I live in Valatie with my husband, Sean, and daughter, Sarah, who will be graduating from Ichabod in June.
I also have 2 sons, Andrew (26) and Ryan (23). All 3 of my children have been fortunate enough to have benefited from the amazing faculty and staff here at ICC.
Things I enjoy doing while not at school are spending time with my family, shopping and attending/supporting students at their extracurricular activities.
Blair Pantoja, ISS / Student Support
I have worked at ICC for the last 6 years and I adore this job! We truly have the best students here and this community feels like a family. What I love most about my job in Student Support is the relationships that are built. Getting to know these fantastic children and spending time with them brings me so much happiness. It’s like being a mom at school!
Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, running, reading, hiking, and spending time with my family. I am married to my college sweetheart and have 4 wonderful children – Marco (18), Sofia (16), Elena (13) and Paulie (12). I have the sweetest, yet sometimes crabby, french bulldog, Alice, a cat and 2 guinea pigs.
Laura Sarno, School Psychologist
This July will mark 19 years that I have worked at Ichabod Crane; I spent approximately 6 years split between the Primary School and the Middle School, 5 years split between MHG & MVB elementary schools and the last 8 years at the Middle School, working with students in grades 4-8. I helped start the therapy dog program at ICC and own the MS therapy dog, Oliver. I LOVE my job! I receive immense satisfaction from helping other people; my job allows me to do this quite often.
My hobbies include being outdoors (walking/running/camping), creating things (painting, knitting, sewing, miniature dollhouses, etc.), reading/writing, cooking/baking, jigsaw puzzles, and shopping on Amazon!
I have been married to my husband for 23 years (some of you know him as ICC’s varsity wrestling coach); we have two children:
Evelyn, age 22, graduated from UAlbany with a B.S. in Biology in May 2020 and will be starting graduate school this fall at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; she hopes to be a Laboratory Research Scientist. Timothy, age 19, attends SUNY ESF (College of Environmental Science & Forestry) in Syracuse, NY; recently completing his second year in the Conservation Biology program.
A couple of fun facts about me: I graduated from East Greenbush Schools, where my father was a teacher/administrator and I am a huge fan of the Peanuts characters and I identify the most with “Lucy”.
Erin Mitchell, School Psychologist
I have been a School Psychologist at Ichabod Crane for almost 4 years now and have enjoyed every second of it. Before becoming a School Psychologist and working at Ichabod Crane, I was a Special Education Teacher for 8 years in a town in northern Westchester County, NY.
I grew up in Farmington, Connecticut and moved to New York State after I graduated undergrad in 2007. I attended Marist College for my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Special Education. I went on to teach in North Salem, NY and then earned my Master’s degree in Special Education from Western Connecticut State University in 2011. After 8 years of teaching, I made the decision to shift gears and entered into the School Psychology Master’s program at Marist College. And now here I am!
Fun facts: I have been married to my husband, Chris, for 3 years this October and we live in Coxsackie, NY with our 5-year-old dog, Jax. I played the violin from 2nd grade on up through college. I vacation with my family at Lake George for 2 weeks every summer. I love gardening/yard work, working on cross-stitches, and refinishing furniture pieces for my home.
Kati Johnson, Teaching Assistant
I have had the pleasure of working here at Ichabod for the past 5 years. I have worked in grades 6-8. Before working at Ichabod I taught preschool. I was a bit nervous to venture into working with older students but have loved every minute of it and love that each day is never the same. I live in East Greenbush with my family. I have 2 children; Jack who is 16 and Emma is 14.
When I am not working I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside. During the winter months, I enjoy skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing with my family and friends. During the spring, summer and fall we camp as much as we can.
Fun Fact: I am a direct descendant of Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Cheryl Meenagh, Teaching Assistant
This is my 3rd year working at Ichabod and my 2nd year as a Special Education Teaching Assistant. I’ve had the pleasure of working with students in grades K-6 the past few years. Before coming to Ichabod, I worked in the private sector and stayed home with my children. I absolutely love the education field and was inspired by some great teachers to pursue a Master’s degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. I’m excited to graduate this December from the College of Saint Rose. What I love most about my job are the kids! It’s so rewarding to see their growth throughout the year and build relationships with them.
I have two children that attend Ichabod. My son, Aidan, is in 6th grade and my daughter, Paityn, is in 2nd grade. We’re a Rider family! I’ve been fortunate to have amazing teachers and staff educating my children and as colleagues. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, biking, hiking and spending time with my family.
Meg Duso, Special Ed. Teaching Assistant
I have been a Special Education TA for 6 years here at Ichabod Crane. I grew up in Niverville and attended Ichabod from Kindergarten-12th grade. I studied Early Childhood Education at HVCC and then I taught preschool for 10 years before I had my own children. I have been married to my husband, Scott, for 22 years and live in Nassau. We have a daughter, Audrey, who is 20 and just finished her second year of college as well as twins, Bridget and Bradley, who are 17 and in 11th grade at Ichabod.
I really love my job and enjoy coming to work every day. It is never boring and never a repeat of the day before. My favorite part of my job is getting to know the kids and watching them grow throughout the year.
Outside of school, I enjoy skiing with my family in the winter. I spend my summers with my family boating up and down the Hudson and floating around Lake Winnepesaukee, NH. I also enjoy cooking and having family dinners.
Fun facts about me: My grandparents had dinner with John & Jackie Kennedy back in the 60s and my mother was the first female BOE President at Ichabod Crane when I was in Middle School here.
Vicki Dick, Special Ed. Teaching Assistant
I have been working here at ICC since 1995. I started as a substitute and then moved into a full-time position. I have enjoyed my time here and have worked in all the buildings at one time or another. I have worked with well over a hundred teachers and many staff. I have found that I really enjoy working with students in the Middle School Years. I have also spent many years chaperoning sporting events.
I was born and raised here in Kinderhook/ Stuyvesant area. I was one of nine children and we lived on the farm south of Kinderhook. Summers were fun with many cousins coming to stay with us. One time we had 27 people at our house! I went to school here at ICC and ironically never had the chance to go to school here at the Middle School as it was constructed the year I was in 7th grade at the High School already. So, we were considered the ‘babies’ of the HS for three years.
I enjoy many activities with my family. Some are kayaking, golfing, hiking, quadding, snowmobiling and sitting around our campfire. I also enjoy photography and my favorite is action shots of animals and stunning flowers.
My husband as well went here to school and is now a Wallpaper Hanger and Interior Painting Contractor. My son, Greggory, graduated from ICC in 2007 and is now a local property management/landscaper. My daughter, Alyssa, graduated from here in 2009 and is now an assistant manager at Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa.