Brenda Mintun - Perry 

Community Support

Brenda graduated from Pomeroy-Palmer High School in 1995.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Briar Cliff College with a double major in English and Writing. She then taught Composition 101 at the University of South Dakota while earning her Master’s Degree in English Literature in 2001.


Brenda was hired by the Perry Community Schools in 2003 and has enjoyed her 17 years here.  She has not only taught high school English classes, but also coached cheerleading for a number of years. She is currently serving as Instructional Coach as part of the Teacher Leadership Compensation Program.


In addition to her responsibilities as an Instructional Coach, Brenda serves as the Bluejay Congress Advisor.  Each year on Homecoming Wednesday, Brenda organizes and mobilizes a community service-learning project involving over five hundred students and staff.  The activities provide volunteer service to senior citizens, to our veterans, in our neighborhoods, at our parks, in our schools, and throughout our downtown community. 

The uniqueness of this activity during Homecoming week, demonstrates a commitment to our community and an emphasis on education beyond the classroom walls.  Numerous lessons may be learned by our students from volunteer service.  Among these lessons are the character traits of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.  

Brenda is co-chairperson for our community’s Veteran’s Day Celebration, organizing the event with Bluejay Congress, the Student Activities Department, and our local chapters of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  This activity brings together our students and our community each November 11th.  

Fred Rogers stated, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Brenda Mintun’s life of service, her belief in our students, and her commitment to the community of Perry, Iowa helping all of us to become the best versions of ourselves, qualify her as an IHSADA Service Award Honoree.


Brenda is married to husband Mark.  They have three children and she loves being a mother and encourages her children to be involved in many activities including soccer, basketball, baseball, and dance.




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