Ms. Orensten

Phone: 651-744-6881


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice (Hamline University, 2006) M.A. in Library and Information Science - MLIS (St. Catherine's University 2017). School Library Media Specialist Certification (St. Catherine's University 2017).

Ms. Orensten

Hello there! My name is Rebekah Orensten (pronounced Oren-steeen) and I LOVE my job as Library Media Specialist at BCMS! If you have any questions, please stop by the library or email me. 

I am looking forward to starting my fifth year at The Creek (SY 2020-2021)!

When I'm not at BCMS, I spend time reading and I use the Goodreads app to keep track of how many books I read each year. It's a way for me to take notes on books so I can share with students, as well as challenge myself to read more. I enjoy reading YA novels - A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is one of my favorites. Besides reading, I enjoy spending time with family and friends as much as possible. I grew up in a family where we played lots of boardgames and cardgames - my favorites are cribbage, backgammon and Settlers of Catan. Beyond gamenights with friends, I enjoy going to author events, listen to live music, and laugh until I cry at comedy shows!
I look forward to meeting your student(s) and helping them find the book that fills their heart. 
Picture note: Spring of 2017 Ms. Orensten submitted a grant to Ecolab for makerspace materials. We were gifted the funds fall 2017 to purchase a set of 18 ozobots and 2 ozobot evos along with 12 spheros and 3 ollies with jump ramps and more. Students interested in coding are encouraged to come see me during lunch to explore with the materials. Teachers wanting to use the materials are also welcome to borrow them for their classrooms.  

Digital Media Explorations

  • In addition to my role as Library Media Specialist at Battle Creek Middle School I will also be teaching two sections of Digital Media Explorations (DME). In this class we will learn how to code with, use our iPads to research, and how to create with digital tools. If you have any questions you can email me at

    All homework assignments will be on SchoologyStudents will need FULL access to their iPads and their first assignment is ensuring that their iUpdate is complete. 

    iPads: Please let me know if your iPad is cracked or having any issues so I can help you immediately to support you for DME as well as your other class.

    Things to know: We will be doing lots of project based learning and self paced learning through and will be learning together. 

    Distance Learning Office Hours: My office hours will be daily and students do not need to attend the whole time, drop in if you have a question on an assignment or you need to check in. If the time doesn't work for you that day but you need help - please email me. I'll work with you to find a time to connect.

    #Punctual #Prepared #Polite #PantherPrideIsMediaWide