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Inaugural Ichabod Crane Wall of Fame Ceremony June 22

(June 8, 2018) Ichabod Crane's inaugural Wall of Fame induction ceremony is coming up on Friday, June 22 at 5:30 at the high school. Judith Bury, Chris Gibson, E. Joyce Gould Robinson and Gail Nadeem Helfer will be inducted in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments. The community is invited to attend.

Ichabod Crane CSD Announces Inaugural Ichabod Crane Wall of Fame Class of 2018

(March 16, 2018) The Ichabod Crane Central School District proudly announces the four individuals who will be inducted into the inaugural Ichabod Crane Wall of Fame Class of 2018. Those being inducted at a ceremony on June 22 include Judith Bury, Chris Gibson, Gail Nadeem Helfer and E. Joyce Gould Robinson.

The Wall of Fame is to recognize the contributions of a diverse group of graduates, former employees, volunteers, and/or friends of the District. These individuals have achieved noteworthy and outstanding accomplishments in their chosen fields or in service to the District and shall serve as role models for students currently enrolled in the Ichabod Crane Central School District.

The Ichabod Crane Wall of Fame Committee represents various stakeholders associated with the Ichabod Central School District and the Ichabod Crane community. Selections were made for candidates under one of three categories: Ichabod Crane Central School District alumni, past employees and community members who have made a significant impact on the district.

“We are very excited that our inaugural Wall of Fame class will include four outstanding people representing our alumni, faculty/staff and our community,” Superintendent of Schools Michael Vanyo said. “We hope that this becomes a strong tradition at Ichabod Crane moving forward so our students can learn from great role models that had roots at Ichabod Crane.”

Judith BuryJudith Bury, Distinguished Community Member

Judith Bury graduated from Ichabod Crane in 1956. She taught Home Economics in the district for more than 30 years.

In retirement, Mrs. Bury volunteers countless hours at her church and for the Ichabod Crane school community. Her ongoing dedication to IC is evidenced by her support of numerous programs aimed at helping others. She has helped support The Giving Tree at the high school, which helps struggling IC families buy gifts for their children during the holidays, by donating money. This past year, the program bought gifts for 33 kids, due in large part to the generosity of Mrs. Bury. She also assists the Ichabod Crane Teen Weekend Meal Program and Ichabod’s Closet & Pantry at the high school. Mrs. Bury brings in hats and mittens to the elementary school as well. She also co-advises the Habitat for Humanity Club at the high school with teacher Randy Goold.

Mrs. Bury was instrumental in starting the Summer Free Lunch Program through her church. The program is open to all students in the district and provides a healthy lunch Mondays through Fridays during the summer months. She is also involved in Warm Up America, a group that knits blankets and afghans for people in need. Mrs. Bury is also a 4H leader in the community, a role she has served in for 38 years.

Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson, Distinguished Alumni

After graduating from Ichabod Crane in 1982, Chris Gibson enlisted in the New York National Guard and later earned an ROTC Commission at Siena College. He earned a PhD in Government from Cornell University.

Mr. Gibson served 24 years in the US Army where he was deployed seven times, including four combat tours to Iraq. He rose to the rank of Colonel and was awarded numerous medals, including four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart and two Valorous Unit Award. Mr. Gibson taught American Politics at West Point, completed a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellowship at Stanford University and was the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is also the author of a book on national security.

After retiring from the Army in 2010, Mr. Gibson returned to Kinderhook. He ran for Congress and was elected to represent the 20th Congressional District. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2014 to serve the 19th Congressional District. As Congressman, Mr. Gibson made every effort to be an active part of the district. He visited the schools to speak with students and shared his fond memories of his time at Ichabod Crane. He also made it a priority to meet with the 8th grade students during their annual visit to DC and provide them with the best and most informative opportunities during their visit.

After retiring from Congress in January 2017, Mr. Gibson accepted a position as a professor at Williams College.

Gail Nadeem HelferGail Nadeem Helfer, Distinguished Faculty/Staff

Gail Nadeem Helfer served the Ichabod Crane CSD as a music and high school theater teacher for 25 years. She inspired and provided opportunities to students of all ages. She was able to get children to express themselves musically and physically all while learning how music and movement worked together.

Mrs. Helfer is the long-time director of Crane Acting Troupe, which she helped resurrect after a dormant period. Under her leadership, two generations of Ichabod Crane students have gained on-stage and backstage experience in Broadway-style shows, such as Oklahoma!, 42nd Street, The Wizard of Oz, Hello Dolly, South Pacific, Peter Pan Jr. and Grease. Not only is Mrs. Helfer known for instilling in her students a passion for musical theatre and performing, she makes each member no matter the part feel vital to the production.

Mrs. Helfer’s vision and execution have earned Ichabod Crane’s productions a reputation of excellence. Many alumni have continued their studies in theater, musical theater, dance and management that led to careers in the field. The skills taught by Mrs. Helfer extend beyond her students’ formal education and positively impact their lives, whether they pursue a career in theater or something else. Former students and taxpayers who have no other connection to the school come back to her productions year after year.

E. Joyce Gould Robinson
E. Joyce Gould Robinson, Distinguished Faculty/Staff

For 35 years, E. Joyce Gould Robinson taught social studies and economics at Ichabod Crane Central School District at the middle and high school levels. She was a chairperson of the social studies department and advisor to student council and cheerleading. She was honored by students by being inducted into the National Honor Society as a faculty member and dedicated in the yearbook.

Mrs. Gould Robinson was an active member of the Ichabod Crane Booster Club. She created the Jerry B. Gould Memorial Scholarship in honor of her husband to help graduating seniors continue their student/athletic education beyond high school. She also organized alumni and high school basketball tournaments to raise funds for the annual scholarships.

Mrs. Gould Robinson and students created Operation Cheer Up, a monthly newsletter which was mailed to district alumni in the Persian Gulf War. The purpose of the newsletter was to help alumni serving their country feel closer to home. It also encouraged students to wear yellow ribbons to show their support for the troops.

After retiring from Ichabod Crane in 1998, Mrs. Gould Robinson began a 10-year career with the NYS Assembly and married in 2009. She passed away in 2012.

The E. Joyce Gould Robinson Scholarship was established to honor her long teaching career and is presented annually to an Ichabod Crane graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideals she aspired to instill in her students: a passion for US history, a civic minded spirit and a drive to better the school and community.


The 2018 Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ichabod Crane High School Library. Members of the Ichabod Crane Board of Education and community are welcome to attend.

Nominees are invited to attend the Class of 2018 Commencement the same evening at 6:30 p.m. where they will be further recognized. In addition, the district will permanently display a plaque honoring each person on the Wall of Fame, located in the lobby of the high school auditorium. A special section on the Ichabod Crane website ( will feature inductees, their accomplishments, photographs and other biographical information.