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.



Recent Posts by Brenda

Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:07 AM in STEM endorsement recommendations
Hello,  I'm thinking of getting an endoresment in STEM education and was wondering if anyone can recommend a good program. I looking for on-line courses since it would be difficult for me to move. I live in South Dakota. I have my Masters already but want to be able to enhance my science background and teaching. I really love STEM and do as much as I can in my class! I do attend lots of profes...

Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:03 AM in Invitation to focus group on astronomy investigations
Sounds like a great opportunity! I missed the deadline too. Just so much going on this summer. I hope to read updates on the program and focus group. Would love to learn more about opportunities like this. I attended an Artsome Astronomy class in June and loved how to incorperate art into space education. I'd love to learn more about teaching astronomy to my students. 

Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:39 PM in What to do when students get frustrated with STEM activity?
When in the school year did you do this project? I used to teach kinder at one time and found that some activities were too much for them especially in the beginning. I was fortunate that my district offered lots of professional development in science and targeted lessons for kindergartners. I like the suggestion of bigger marshmallows for the project. Kindergartners have a short attention span a...