Brenda Rico

With a growth mindset,
 you are capable of so much more than you can ever imagine.


My name is Brenda Rico and this is my 30th year of teaching.  I have two degrees in Special Education from Arizona State University and I am certified to teach Special Education, Elementary Education, Gifted Education and Structured English Immersion. I also look forward to earning an endorsement in Gifted Education later this year. Additionally, I became Nationally Board Certified in 2006 and then renewed my certificate in 2015.  
I am grateful to have had the privilege to work at Finley Farms for the past twenty years. I have taught in the areas of special education, first grade and I have taught fifth grade for the past fifteen years. Fifth grade has been my favorite grade to teach because of the developmental changes of this age group. Ten-year-olds are very enthusiastic and eager to become more independent with each day.
I look forward to working with your child to reach his/her utmost potential.  Helping children build a growth mindset is very important to me. My goal is to foster a caring environment that promotes empathy, autonomy, critical thinking, leadership, and citizenship. I incorporate cooperative learning into my daily lessons, which encourages a deeper understanding of the skills I teach.

                       The Finley Farms Service Club
                   "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

I am very proud to be the founder and teacher sponsor of the Finley Farms Service Club since it was established in 2005. Each year we have approximately 30 fifth and sixth graders who are willing to attend monthly meetings to plan donation drives to assist others in need. We have served local schools, homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, veterans, our U.S. service men and women overseas, and we've helped victims of natural disasters in Haiti and Japan.

Our Schedule

8:35-8:50 Attendance, Announcements and Morning Journal

8:50-10:50 Reading/Language

10:50-11:00 Vocabulary/DLR

11:00-12:15 Math (Early Release Wed.  10:35-11:20)

12:15-12:55 Lunch (Half Days 11:15-11:45/Rainy Day 12:15-12:35/Early Release 11:35-12:15)

1:00-1:20 Read Aloud

1:20-2:10 Science/Social Studies/Agendas/Clean-Up

2:10-2:40 Walk to Learn/Stack Chairs

2:45-3:25 Block (Early Release Wed.  1:55-2:25)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Art/Comp. B/S/Music Flex PE B/S/Library