Mary Ernst, Library Tech and Ray Pedersen, Librarian
“Having a well-skilled tech is like having two librarians.”
Before SchoolCARE funded a library tech at Ocean View, the teachers were on their own preparing for science and social studies units, said OV Principal Terryl Georgeson.
Now teachers can enrich their lessons, supported by OV Librarian Ray Pedersen, who researches the best science texts for, say, a unit on bats or spiders, or for history lessons on California’s Native Americans, while library tech Mary Ernst checks out books to students. Ernst also helps acquire new books—an important, time-consuming task given the new curricular emphasis on non-fiction analysis.
“This is where SchoolCARE did the most good for OV,” said Georgeson. “Having a well-skilled tech is like having two librarians.”
● Other 2017-18 SchoolCARE-supported people/programs at Ocean View: Gardening enrichment for the Transitional Kindergarten; Lego Engineering for Kindergarten; dance for second graders; Berkeley Chess School instruction, first through fifth grade; iPads for Special Education and English Language Development; YMCA lunch-time activity coordinators; and the Library Technician
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