Primary School Spotlight Staff

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 February 2021 are the Special Ed., AIS, OT, PT, Speech Team!

Scroll past names for Spotlight Staff pictures and see previous Primary School Spotlight Staff here.


Jean Calvin, Special Ed. Teacher

This is my 20th year of teaching. I have been at the Ichabod Crane Primary school the last 16 years. One of the many reasons I enjoy teaching is watching the excitement children show when they learn something new! When I’m not at school, I love to spend time with my family and friends, travel (especially to places that are warm and near the ocean), go on walks and read. I live in the town of Kinderhook with my wonderful husband, Jim, amazingly talented daughter, Amanda (ICC graduate currently a Junior at Wagner College), and crazy but adorable cat, Bella.

Sandy Ford, Special Ed. Teaching Assistant

This is my 13th year working as a teaching assistant in the Primary School. Most of that time has been in the self-contained Special Ed. Classroom. I live in Valatie with my husband, John. We have three grown children, Megan (25), Heather (22), Ryan (20) and an adorable Westie named Delilah. When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, crafting and gardening. After my children started school I was fortunate to have the opportunity to become a T.A. I love working with children and helping them learn. It is such a great feeling to watch their success as they realize what they can and have accomplished.

Lisa Small, Special Ed. Teaching Assistant

This is my 16th year in education and my 2nd full-time year at ICC in a self-contained classroom. I also worked for 2 years as a substitute teacher for ICC. I was an elementary classroom teacher with a background in Special Ed. prior to staying home for a bit with my children Caroline (15) and Matthew (11), both ICC students. I have a fiancé Vern and he has 3 children (Vernon, Ryan, Brooke) and 2 grandchildren (Jack, McKenzie). I am excited to be in the classroom once again as a teaching assistant to Mrs. Calvin. It is so rewarding working with children and knowing that every day is different. Seeing the excitement when something finally clicks for them is so rewarding. I love reading, spending time with my family, traveling (when I can) and spending summers on Cape Cod.

Vikki Skaryznski, AIS Teacher

This is my 30th year at Ichabod Crane. I started my career as a 12th grade English teacher, had a short run as a middle school reading, art, and computer science teacher, and finally moved into my permanent position of AIS teacher in 1994. My love for reading is what prompted me to become a reading teacher. I wanted to share a love for books and the adventures that they could bring to young readers. My hobbies include traveling and camping with my husband and son as well as baking and home decorating. In addition to my husband and son, I recently added two kittens to our family; Cleo and Max.

Danielle Desmonie, Speech/Language Pathologist

I started working at Ichabod Crane 20 years ago. I went all through school here, and so did my husband. David, and my daughter, Emily. My son Luke is in 11th grade and my son Grant is in 8th grade. I have two dogs at home, Lily and Lila, and I co-own Georgia, our school service dog at the Primary School. I’m so happy that we were able to start a Social Service Dog Program at Ichabod and that we now have dogs at each building for the students to work with and enjoy! I have worked in the Primary School, the Middle School, and the High School, and have been a part of our preschool evaluation team during my time at Ichabod. I have always loved working with children, and it is so rewarding to help them improve their communication skills. In my free time, I enjoy walking my dogs, biking, hiking, traveling and reading.

Alyson Yoder, Speech/Language Pathologist

This is my 11th year at Ichabod Crane. I love working with all students but specialize in working with students with multilingual and multicultural backgrounds. Language development is cool but dual language development is almost magical! I am a co-founder of the Social Service Dog Committee and worked diligently to bring dogs to work in our schools. I co-own Georgia, the spunky labradoodle at the Primary School. She is a fantastic addition to our staff! I love my job; we make sure to laugh and learn every day.

My husband and I have 3 daughters; Milly (11), Ivy (9), and Gretchen (3) and a dog named Rufus. As a family, we love road trips, geocaching, visiting mansions and museums, and camping.

Fun fact about me; I rode my bicycle across the United States, all the way from Florida to California!

Taylor Dier, Speech/Language Pathologist

This is my sixth year as a part of the Ichabod Crane community. Prior to working here, I spent a few years working in neighboring districts. I was drawn to this field because of my own love for communication. It’s one of the most basic luxuries that we often take for granted. I want to be able to make communication enjoyable for all of my students! In addition to providing speech and language therapy for our students, I am also one of the founding members of the Social Service Dog Program and a co-owner of the Primary School’s very own Georgia ❤ When I’m not at school, I enjoy going for runs, reading mysteries, traveling to new places, or just hanging out with my friends and family. I recently moved to East Greenbush with my husband Joe, our son Beckett, and our dogs Tori and Abe. These past few years at ICC have been wonderful. I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing children and made great friends along the way, both of which make coming to work a lot of fun!

Nancy Matusiak, Occupational Therapist

This is my 14th year at Ichabod Crane; all of which were at the Primary School! I always knew I wanted to work with children. I love watching them try their hardest and seeing how proud they become when they learn that they can do things all by themselves! I am also one of the co-founders of the Social Service Dog Committee. I love seeing the joy on the students’ and the staffs’ faces when they see the dog at school.

Not only am I a co-owner of Georgia, the silly, kind-hearted dog at the Primary School, I also have two cats at home named Butterscotch and Minnie. When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy hiking, spending time outside; especially when the weather is warm and sunny, and curling up on the couch while watching a good series on Netflix. My favorite thing to do during my free time, however, is horseback riding.

Georgia Bea Crane, Social Service Dog

This is my 4th year at the Primary School. I love my job! Coming to school every day and seeing all of the students and staff makes me so happy! It makes my tail wag when people come to see me and give me scratches and belly rubs! Seeing everyone smile makes my heart so full; I am one lucky dog! The best part of my job is when I can make someone happy when they are feeling sad, share a proud moment when someone has a great day, and when students show me their work when they are proud. Listening to students practice their reading and communication skills always makes me feel special as well. When I’m not at school, I enjoy playing with my toys, playing outside, going for walks, spending time with my families and my many dog and cat siblings.