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 latest Primary School Spotlight Staff: the Primary School Office Staff.
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Crystal First, Greeter
This is my seventh year at Ichabod Crane. My journey started as the health aide at the middle school before I found my home here in the primary school. I had the pleasure of spending a few wonderful years in the health office, and I still work in healthcare on the weekends! I truly love my job at the “window” as the greeter. As a former preschool/daycare teacher it really feels like the right fit for me to be able to be a part of the kids daily routine and connect with the families of our community. I have worked in education and healthcare my entire life, and I truly believe that it is my purpose to be in the service of others, especially making a difference in the everyday lives of children.
I live in Valatie with my four boys- Brooklyn 12, Mason 9, Roman 3 and Raymond 2. We love to spend our free time outdoors playing in our backyard, going on adventures and weekly dinners with our big family. Besides participating in all of the fun activities of the primary school, I am a Norwex consultant. I also enjoy live music concerts, traveling, gardening, horseback riding, and spending time with my friends
Kelly Hodges, Principal’s Secretary
I started my career at Ichabod Crane at the Martin H. Building until the building closed down where I then moved to the Primary School. I enjoy being a part of this community and try to be involved in school related things in addition to helping teachers, staff, parents, and students in the primary school each day. I have previously been involved with the student museum setups at Martin H. Glynn, coached JV basketball cheerleading, co-coached Varsity basketball cheerleading and have been a part of a handful of different committees within the district over the years I have been here.
Outside of school – I am a mom of a 9-year-old son who also attends Ichabod. We have a rescue dog named Kayla and a rescue cat named Dino. I am a DIYer and enjoy creating and working on different projects. We also enjoy spending our time with friends and family and doing many different activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, going to the beach, and almost anything that involves being outside. My son especially loves it when we visit theme parks and go on roller coasters and water slides.
Why do I do what I do? I do what I do because it gives me the best of many worlds. I am kind of a technology nerd so I get to work with computers but I also enjoy being creative and helping people, which I get to do every day here at ICC.
Andrea Williams, Principal
I am just finishing my fourth year at Ichabod Crane Primary School. What a wonderful four years and I am looking forward to many, many more. When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading. My husband, Kyle and I have four amazing children. Caleb is 19, Christina is 19, Julia is 16 and Ryleigh is 12. We have two dogs, Jake and Tyson and two ferrets, Pumpkin and Bandit.
Prior to being a Principal, I was a classroom teacher for many years. Educating young people has always been my dream. It is my belief that educators are born because I know it has always been in my heart.