Brenda Rico

Today is the first day of the rest of your life!


I earned my Bachelor's of Arts in Education in 1987 and my Master's of Education from ASU in 1991. I am certified to teach Special Education, Elementary Education, and Gifted Education. Additionally, I became Nationally Board Certified in 2006 and then renewed my certificate in 2015.  
I look forward to working with your child to reach his/her potential. Helping children develop a sense of belonging and resilience is very important to me. My goal is to foster a caring community that promotes empathy, autonomy, critical thinking, and leadership. 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

8:35-8:45 Attendance, Announcements and Morning Journal

8:45-10:15 Core Reading

10:15-10:45 Reading Intervention

10:50-11:30 Specials TBD

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Flex

11:30-12:10 Small Group/Writing

12:20-1:00 Lunch- play first 1:05-2:05 Math

2:05-2:45 Math Intervention

2:45-3:25 Science/Social Studies


Mrs. Rico’s Suggested Supplies 


Dear Parents,


I will be thrilled with any supplies you would like to send in with your child. The supplies I mentioned below are only suggested to ease the organization of my students.  


1 - 2" three-ring binder with paper.

4 - spiral single subject wide-ruled notebooks i.e. yellow, blue, green, red, purple or any solid colors ($0.19 at Fry's)

2 - composition books ( found these for $0.25 on sale at Office Depot)

1 - box of basic no frill #2 sharpened pencils (mechanical pencils are nice but are often a distraction for kiddos with attention problems)

1 - package of no frill notebook dividers


1 - zippered pencil pouch for notebook 


1 - small pencil/crayon box (large pencil boxes will not fit in their desks)


1 - hand held small pencil sharpener that encloses pencil shavings.  

1 - box of generic colored pencils or crayons ($0.50 at Walmart)


1 - pair of scissors.  I can share my gently used scissors with your children :) 


1 - calculator with big enough keys for students to operate easily (We only use this during our statistics/averaging unit - they can probably just use the one from your home during that time of the year.) These are a dollar at dollar stores or Walmart. Your child has 2 pencils, a pen, an eraser, a glue stick, dry erase marker and Vis-a-Vis overhead pen waiting for them in their desk. Some are gently used but will work just fine and cut down on some of your expense.


Wish List 

Kleenex, notebook paper, copy paper, white cardstock, markers, page protectors, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, band-aids, or gallon sized zip lock bags.

I'm grateful for your support,

Brenda Rico