Primary 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 Primary School Spotlight Staff for December 2020 are the 2nd Grade Team!
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Holly Vincent, Teacher
This will be my eleventh year teaching and my eighth year teaching second grade. In addition to teaching second grade, I have taught fifth grade as well as grades 1-5 as a reading and math specialist. I live in Schodack with my husband Jim, two children: Amelia (6), Graham (2) and our miniature dachshund Gracie. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and being outdoors. To me, teaching is truly remarkable! It is an extraordinary feeling to watch your students expand and apply concepts.
Jennifer Warrington, Special Ed. Teacher
This is my twelfth year of teaching and my sixth year teaching second grade in the Primary School at Ichabod Crane. I live in Schodack with my husband and three children. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my children and visiting the ocean whenever I can! I also like to visit some of the many lakes in the capital region. My favorite part about teaching is helping students grow in a nurturing environment where everyone is able to enjoy learning.
Denise Holzhauer, Special Ed. Teaching Assistant
This is my second year as a special education teaching assistant at Ichabod Crane. I live in Valatie with my husband, Scott, and my sons, Cameron (2020 ICC grad) and Brady (9th grade). In my free time, I enjoy playing with my pets, watching my boys play sports, and spending time outdoors with my family. I have spent my entire career working with children, and I am very happy to have found a new home at Ichabod Crane. I love working with all of the students and especially enjoy helping them learn new skills.
Jennifer Beebe, Remote Teacher
This is my sixteenth year teaching at Ichabod Crane. Some of my hobbies are tennis, reading, decorating, and organizing. I have one daughter who is three and a half years old and just started preschool. I live in Kinderhook with my husband, Jarrod and our daughter Harper. We have a wonderful dog named Porthos. The reason I teach is to inspire children to want to become life-long learners.
Shauna Caldwell, Teacher
This is my 18th year teaching second grade at the Primary School. I loved teaching here so much that I moved to Valatie so my own children would be able to go to Ichabod Crane. My husband and I have an eight-year-old son in third grade and a 3-year-old daughter. Outside of school, I love to be outdoors in nature and to just spend time with my family. I have wanted to be a teacher as far back as I can remember. I love teaching because there is never a dull moment! It is an honor to be a part of my students’ lives and to hopefully inspire them to grow as learners.
MaryAnn Gorke-Verro, Teacher
This is my twenty-fourth year in the classroom at the primary level. I knew as a child I wanted to become a teacher because of my love for being with children. My favorite part of the day is watching their desire to read all types of texts with confidence and enjoyment. I live in Valatie with my husband and dog, Noel. I have 5 beautiful children and 3 adorable grandchildren. In my spare time, I adore cooking for friends and family, hanging out at the beach, going on long walks and getting cozy with a good book! I feel so blessed to have a profession that still keeps me skipping down the hall to my classroom!
Chris Hughes, Teacher
This is my 24th year here at Ichabod Crane. I have been teaching in some capacity since I was a teen. I initially taught small children and disabled adults how to swim. My favorite part of teaching is making that personal connection with a child and seeing them blossom as a learner. I live in Valatie with my black lab Gracie. I have three grown children and a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law. I just became a grandmother for the first time on December 7th! There is nothing like being an Oma! I love gardening, hiking and biking and spending time with my family and traveling.
Kristi LaBarge, Teacher
This is my sixth year at Ichabod Crane Primary School. In my first four years, I worked as a reading and math specialist with the Academic Intervention Services department before making the move into the classroom last year. Outside of work I enjoy exercising, trying out new recipes and spending time with family and friends. I am lucky to live just down the road from my mom and dad, as well as my sister who is also a teacher! My favorite part of teaching is showing kids they can do anything they put their minds to and watching as they light up when they realize it themselves.
Kayla Petilli, Teacher
This is my third year teaching at Ichabod Crane Primary School. When I’m not in the classroom, I love to take walks with my dog, read, shop, exercise, and cook. I just got engaged to my fiance over the summer. We will be getting married in 2022! I have a 100-pound boxer dog named Romeo. He is a gentle giant. Second grade has always been my favorite grade since I was in elementary school. I love getting to know my students and watching them grow.
Courtney White, Teacher
This is my sixth year teaching and my first full year at Ichabod Crane Primary School. I started here last April as a third-grade special education teacher when our school went full remote! I have also taught special education grades 3-5 and fourth-grade general education in the Capital Region area. I live in Ravena with my husband and we recently became parents to twin boys River and Remi in October. In my spare time I love to cook, craft, sing, go for long car rides, listen to music, and read. The reason I teach is to foster the same love of learning that I experienced when I was in elementary school.
Jaqueline LaBounty, Teaching Assistant
This is my first year as a teaching assistant at Ichabod Crane Primary School. I love reading, baking, shopping and hanging out with my friends and family. I am very close with both my parents and all four of my siblings! I have always loved working with children and watching them grow. When I found this job I knew that this is what I was meant to do!