Brenda Velasco

I am a 3rd grade teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School in Rapid City, SD. I also taught 4th grade here for two years. Prior to that I taught in a bilingual kindergarten classroom in Pasco, WA. I was raised in Neenah, Wisconsin, lived in Washington State for 15 years, and moved to South Dakota 4 years ago. I love teaching! I was a journalist before I decided to get my teaching certificate and use my writing background a lot in the classroom. I have a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Teaching from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. in 2016 I was one of 154 teachers chosen nationwide to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Jersey City, NJ. It was a huge honor and one of the best professional development opportunities I've ever been given. In my spare time I like to hike with my fiance, read, play with my dog, and read.

Location

SD

Recent Posts by Brenda

Tue May 08, 2018 10:42 PM in Technology in the classroom
There's many ways to implement technology in the classroom.. If you have access to iPads, there's tons of apps you can use. One is called Plickers which is a great assessment tool also. You only need one iPad or a smart phone with photo capabilities. Here is a link with more information: https://www.plickers.com/  It's a great tool and can be used for any subject.  We also use Code.org and do ...

Tue May 08, 2018 10:33 PM in Your Top 5 coolest low tech STEM activities
I've made Puff Mobiles with my students. They are very easy to make. I cut out card stock for the body of the car and have the students design a sail made out of construction paper. This year I'm having them make the body of the car out of egg cartons. I then help them hot glue straws on the bottom of the card stock. They then use mint Life savors as the wheels and put tape on the outside of the ...

Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:41 AM in STREAM Conference for Catholic Educators
The Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Schools district will be hosting their 2nd annual Up"STREAM" conference at Loyola University Downtown Campus in Chicago, Illinois this summer. It focuses on how to develop a STREAM Curriculum (R stands for Religion) for diocesan schools. I attended last year and found it very informative.  My district was able to cover my registration and hotel expenses. I met Catho...