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Summer hardly lazy for Hayes librarian-to-be

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Some teachers say their job is never done. By the looks of Sarah Ressler's summer schedule, it would appear her life hasn't slowed down since school let out.

Ressler is a Hayes High School language arts teacher who will become the librarian at the Hayes Library Media Center next school year.

Ressler said she makes plans every summer to further her education, ranging from college coursework or workshops to visits to other countries to study their artwork and culture.

"I have taken a weeklong poetry workshop at Ohio University and an AP literature workshop at Ball State, and attended broadcast journalism camp in Missouri," she said.

In addition, she has completed classes through the Delaware City Schools in technology advances, curriculum development and more.

This summer, Ressler completed Google Certified Training, which is a district initiative to get teachers "Google certified" so they can better use Google Apps as tools in the classroom.

"Essentially, I always keep trying to learn more each summer so that I can teach more effectively, and have had amazing experiences while doing so," she said.

Not only does she take classes for her own personal growth, but she also trains and instructs other teachers over the summer.

This summer, she is in Texas training teachers how to better implement vocabulary instruction in their classrooms.

"During the summers, when I am not working in the schools, I enjoy helping other teachers as well," Ressler said.

As part of her new role as librarian, she also has been working on the redesign of the library at Hayes.

She and Amy Chisek, library aide, have been replacing the bar codes on all the library books and moving them to more widely spaced shelves.

"We are trying to design new systems in order to really encourage all students to take advantage of the awesome resources we have in the library," she said.

In addition to renovations, Ressler wants to give the library a new name. Instead of calling it the Library Media Center, she wants to call it the Library Research Center.

"I want students to understand that this is an active place to come research, read and learn," she said.

There also will be a Mac Genius help bar that will be run by students to help their fellow students and faculty members. "Students will be helping them learn how to pair technology and education -- and hopefully, we'll even serve hot tea," she said.

Ressler said she does not often slow down, and her summer continues to be exciting. Although she will travel this summer to visit her family, she also will squeeze in some work while she's there.

"Every place I go, I will be stopping in at libraries to take notes and get ideas for our own library ... plus trying to keep up with my reading to better recommend books for students and faculty," she said.

Ressler said although teachers enjoy a respite from students, she and her colleagues are furthering their education or the education of others by teaching school, taking classes, attending workshops and developing lesson plans.

"It is indeed true that teachers never really stop during the summer," she said. "We never truly relax."

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