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

Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:20 PM in Best resources for teaching science as a first year teacher
This is definelty the right place as others have mentioned! If you teach weather or climate at all, here is a great resource from NASA: Also for climate, there's a resource called Globe which has training opportunities, lessons, interactive maps..etc.. I'm doing a whole research project on weather this summer so I have lots of resources! https://www.globe.go...

Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:16 PM in Looking for Middle School Teachers to Participate in Robotics Project funded by NSF
Thanks for sharing this information. There are so many wonderful opportunities for teachers out there but not many know about them. I will share this with the teachers at the middle school. Are they still accepting applications? I teach elementary otherwise I'd apply myself!  

Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:10 PM in LED Switch project ideas
Hello,  I'm not sure if this is what you're talking about, but I found this resource in one of our NSTA magazines on flashlights. Here are the links: If not, hopefully someone else who does similar projects can help out. Feel free to search our wonderful archives for other resources or ideas.  Thanks,  Bre...