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

Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:27 PM in 5E Lesson Planning
There is a lot of thought and planning when using the 5E model but I think it's worth the time. I did lesson on cleaning up oil spills with my 3rd graders using this model. It was great to be able to break it down step by step. It took a few days and the students were very engaged. I do highly recommend using it.

Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:20 PM in Mystery Science Links if needed for online learning
Hello,  I'm attaching a link to some free and public Mystery Science lessons that can be used during this time. I know a lot of schools are doing online learning.  Here is the link and feel free to share:

Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:40 PM in Mystery Science thoughts..
Hello,  My school has bought the Mystery Science program for our entire school. This is the first year I've done the actual lessons although I've done the weekly Mystery video with my students in the past. It's kind of become our set science curriculum although not every teacher uses it.  I do love some of the lessons and activities and my students love Mystery Doug,  but I've been hoping to g...