Media Center

Ms. Caryn Levy

  • 2022-2023 Leicester Elementary Teacher of the Year and Erwin District Teacher of the Year

  • 2006 National Board Certification in Library Media (renewed 2015)

  • Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education (1989) from University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida

  • Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (1992)

  • Specialist Degree in Library Media (1996) both from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

  • Teaching Coach for Teaching with Primary Sources, Mars Hill University

  • Former Mountain Regional Director, North Carolina School Library Media Association

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx 

 

I have been part of the Leicester Family for 21 years, but have been an educator for many more years.  I have been teaching elementary school since 1989.  I started out in the classroom, teaching first, third, fourth and fifth grades.  I also have taught English to speakers of other languages to kindergarten through sixth grade students.  I have been a media coordinator since 2001 and have enjoyed working with all the students, as well as teachers, here at Leicester Elementary.  Come visit anytime and share in our love of reading and learning!

Students who score higher on "tests tend to come from schools which have more library resource staff and more books, periodicals and videos, and where the instructional role of the teacher-librarian and involvement in cooperative program planning and teaching is more prominent." Keith Curry Lance, et. al. The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement

 

Library

Media Center

For More Information about the Media Center, look at the Virtual Library website:
Leicester Elementary School Media Virtual Learning Commons

Read a good book lately?  The students at Leicester Elementary have!  With over 2,000 books to choose from, the saying goes, "so many books, so little time".  If you are interested in finding the latest graphic novel or picture book, enjoying the latest "cool" series, or just trying to find an interesting read, come by and let me help find what you are looking for in our library!

Our Media Center is not only equipped with plenty to read, but teaching with technology is incorporated in many of my lessons.  With the use of 1:1 laptops and iPads, streaming video and websites, learning is a high priority.  We use the Big6 Research Model, which focuses on six simple steps to help students create their own learning through self-inquiry and motivation and progress into understanding the sources necessary for student research.  These steps help students not only in their school years, but will further their education throughout life.  

All of our students are introduced to coding. Our youngest learners use robots, like Cubetto and Code and Go Mouse, for a hands-on approach, which our oldest students are busy in Scratch and other coding sites, many through Code.org.

Our students also work in Maker stations, or as I like to call it, The Inspiration Stations!  Little Bits and Snap Circuits help students invent using electronics and circuitry, LEGOs, KEVA blocks, and  Citiblocks allow students to try their engineering and architectural skills, and we also have Magna-Tiles, Pattern Blocks, Marble Runs, Gearello gears, and other activities that help students create using their imagination and creativity.  Critical thinking and teamwork are also emphasized in the media center through these activities!

Kindergarten through fourth grades are on a fixed schedule at Leicester, with each class visiting at a set time every week. We have a  book fair in the Fall and Spring.  We also have guest visitors and presentations during the school year. 

There is quite a bit of collaboration that takes place among our Specialists so we are constantly incorporating the Arts, STEM,  movement with literature.  We are always learning more from the community around us, and beyond, as well as from our students.  


caryn.levy@bcsemail.org

You can access my information through a Google Classroom or through your classroom teacher's Seesaw or Google Classroom or Leicester Elementary Virtual Learning Commons  website
 
Check out my Clever Teacher Page (Leading in the Library) (access through your IAM account)

Included on Leading in the Library and the Virtual Commons site:

  • Story Time Reading

  • Research Engine for Kids

  • Coding Activities

  • and other fun websites!

Spiderman reading the NY Times