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 latest Primary School Spotlight Staff: the Primary School Cafeteria Staff, Lunch Monitors & Custodial Staff!

Not all of our latest group of Primary School Spotlight Staff had a chance to submit their information, but even if you do not see them listed among the names below, know that every member of this group is worthy of the spotlight!

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


Jennifer Minahan, Cafeteria Staff

I have been working at Ichabod Crane for 17 years. I started working at Martin Van Buren school in 2004 then moved to primary school. I live in Clifton Park with my two daughters Johnna and Libby. I love to travel and see new places around the world, and I also love snorkeling and spending as much time with my kids. I love my job here at Ichabod Crane Primary school, I enjoy seeing the kids every day and they always put a smile on my face.

Colleen Russell, Cafeteria Staff

This is my 4th year working in the kitchen at Ichabod Crane. I love working and interacting with all the students and staff. Providing the students with nutritious meals to fuel their learning makes my job so rewarding.
I live in Ghent with my husband Dan, our daughter Erin and my son Daniel. We have a dog, a cat and have just started raising chickens. I enjoy boating, kayaking, hiking, listening to music and spending time with my family.

Panida Manarel, Lunch Monitor

My name is Panida and this is my first year as a lunch monitor at the primary school. Some of you might know me by my nickname “Meow” (all Thai people have a formal name and a nickname.) I moved to the United States 14 years ago to study English and work as an au pair for a local family. I met my husband (a teacher at the middle school) here and we decided to make this area our home. Our two children, Luca and Tara, are students here at ICC primary school.

I have a bachelor’s degree in public administration from a university in Thailand and I studied accounting here at HVCC. However, what I love most is working with children, and I have really been enjoying my time here at ICC spending time with a great group of kids. They make me smile and laugh every day! In my free time, I enjoy gardening, cooking Thai food, and spending time with my family.

Dawn Richardson, Lunch Monitor

This is my 4th year at Ichabod Crane and my 2nd in the Primary School. I love the bond created with the students during their lunchtimes. I enjoy hearing about their families, pets, and friends.

At home I enjoy spending time with my husband Chad and children Missy, Niki, Evan, Hannah and Chad Jr. My children keep me very busy with basketball and soccer! I love being able to watch them play the sports they love. In our free time, we love to go camping! While At camp we fish and swim and play games together and we make lots of new camp friends. We also enjoy playing with our 5 cats and 3 dogs.

Mary Jones, Lunch Monitor

I have been a lunch monitor at the ICC Primary School for the past 2 years. I enjoy seeing the students every day, they always have a smile on their faces & greet me with such warmth.

I live in Nassau with my husband, Jeff. My daughter and son-in-law live in Niverville with my 2 fantastic grandchildren.
I love spending time with my family and friends, as well as cooking and baking, going to Maine, reading, aerial yoga, and campfires.