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

Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:02 PM in Gender Biases in Science
Hello,  Many universities and cities have a Women in Engineering group. In fact, where I live in Rapid City, our engineering school, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology hosted a Women in Science and Engineering STEM night for girls in elementary and high school. They called in STEMinist night. (love it!) There's also mentoring opportunities for girls who want to go into the STEM fields...

Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:11 PM in Compost Garden Science Project
Here are a few articles on this topic from NSTA. Let me know if you can't open it. I think it sounds like a great lesson idea! :

Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:07 PM in Properties of Matter Lesson
For gas matter you could use balloons, (maybe even one with helium), basketball (or any type of ball).. Liquids you can use pretty much anything like water of course, gel, honey, sauces.. etc.