Brenda Velasco Mizenko

I am a 4th grade teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School in Rapid City, SD. I also taught 3rd grade for four 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 6 years ago. I love teaching! I am a 2018 South Dakota State Finalist for the PAEMST Award. I am also an NSF Research Experience for Teachers participant two years in a row at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 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



Recent Posts by Brenda

Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:58 PM in Growth Mindset
My school is doing a book study on a The Growth Mindset Coach by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley. We are implementing what we learn in each chapter into our classroom. It's actually quite an interesting book. We also talk about the power of yet. I can't do that.. yet.. It helps to give them a more positive outlook. 

Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:25 PM in Earth Systems - Weather and Seasons Lesson
Does your school have a weather station by any chance? We just got one at my school and my students (4th graders) have been learning all about forecasting by watching barometric pressure changes and wind direction to name a few. I plan to have them do weather reports for the school during morning announcements and also eventually record some on video.  I also had them do temperature comparison...

Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:18 PM in Using GLOBE in Elementary
I'm actually working to finish up one of the module programs to be a GLOBE Certified Teacher on hydrology. It's a great program and do highly recommend it. Our school just installed a weather station so I'm going to upload the data on the GLOBE site and my students can track the weather patterns from our station and other stations around the world. Once I finish my online program I can get resour...