44 International Esports Education Leaders Selected as NASEF Scholastic Fellows, Mentors, and Community Leaders for Year Four

education esports learning news press release Oct 26, 2023

Network of Academic and Scholastic Esports Federations Supports Educator Professional Development with Continued Growth of Acclaimed Professional Development Program 

(Atlanta, Georgia – October 26, 2023) – The Network of Academic and Scholastic Esports Federations (NASEF) has selected 44 educators from around the world as this year’s class of scholastic fellows and mentors. The NASEF Fellows program has risen in profile as a meaningful program that provides esports and educational leaders the opportunity to collaborate with a global community in developing unique pathways for young people to game and grow.

Scholastic fellows were chosen through a competitive process that brought in applicants from across North America and affiliates around the world. Scholastic mentors successfully completed the fellows’ program last year; they will apply their experience as they work individually with this year’s fellows to guide them to greater success. An additional handful of leaders has now risen to the level of NASEF Community Leader; these trainer-of-trainers have developed their own programs, mentored others, and now will continue to pour their efforts into strengthening the scholastic esports community.

Jorrel Batac, NASEF’s Chief Operating Officer, leads the NASEF Fellows program . Jorrel  has 15 years of experience as a teacher, instructional designer, and educational leader helping communities connect play and learning. He works closely with well-regarded educators on NASEF’s staff: Jihan Johnston and James Wood (who completed the Fellow and Mentor Program as a middle school math teacher). The team provides individual coaching and collaborative sessions to help each member of the fellows program clarify their vision for their esports class and crystalize it into a program that can be adopted by others to benefit young people worldwide. 

Batac said, “It has been a privilege to support the global collaborations that esports and education leaders have explored through their participation in this program. This will be the 5th generation of Scholastic Fellows and I am excited to see how they will build their programs on top of all of the incredible ideas of previous cohorts. With over 150+ leaders and over 20+ countries, we are connecting passionate people through a unique professional development pathway and community.”

“The Scholastic Fellows program is a cornerstone of our work and impact,” said NASEF’s Executive Director, Gerald Solomon. “As NASEF’s international influence expands, the variety of settings and applications of scholastic esports programs grows as well. The Fellows’ Community Library of curriculum provides a vast set of resources to equip new and experienced teachers with readily usable materials to support their education programs around the world. This new group of Fellows and Mentors will add significantly to the collective body of knowledge for building and implementing esports clubs and classes.”

Congratulations to the 2023-24 class of NASEF Scholastic Fellows and Mentors!

Scholastic Fellows  

Name Role Organization City Country or
U.S. State
Alvaro Brito STEAM Administrator Compton Unified School District Whittier CA
Anthony Casasnovas Ed Tech Project Manager (Teacher Assigned) NYC Public Schools New York NY
Ariel Koepp Elementary Teacher/ Head Elementary Esports Coach Ridge Crest Elementary (MVUSD) San Jacinto CA
Austin Nichols Teacher/Esports Facilitator Academies of Creative Education Dahlonega GA
Barry McGuire Technology Coordinator STEM NOLA New Orleans LA
Batavia Sumlin Computer Science Instructor Paul Duke STEM High School Hampton GA
Brian Klebanski High school teacher/esports club manager Canon-McMillan High School Finleyville PA
Craig Kerwin Senior Educator - Diploma in Esports Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Brisbane Australia
Eugene Woody Teen Tech Coordinator Boy & Girls Clubs of Hudson County Newark NJ
Ibrahim Salifou Kalla Volunteer English teacher American Corner Maradi Maradi Niger
Jennifer Lim Design Technology Educator, Esports teacher XCL World Academy Singapore Singapore
John Phillips Technology & Innovation Consultant Berrien RESA Watervliet MI
Jordan Wissinger Instructional Technology Coach Hartford Public Schools Hartford CT
Jose Perez Deputy Director of Instructional and Enterprise Technology New York City Public Schools Lynbrook NY
Joshua Martinez Director of Esports SAMSAT San Antonio TX
Joshua Tabor Digital Learning Specialist/ District Esports Lead Denton Independent School District Denton TX
Kaitlynn Bunch GSE Director of Unified Programing Garden State Esports Kendall Park NJ
LaShawn Digbohou STEAM Coordinator LIFE Male STEAM Academy Pittsburgh PA
Laurie Lehman Budget & Project Supervisor/Esports Manager Albuquerque Public Schools Albuquerque NM
Lindsey Neal Teacher & Head Esports Coach Fox Senior High School Arnold MO
Marc Joubert Owner Ruckus Media Group Johannesburg South Africa
Mario Agudelo Teacher / Professor FEDECOLDE / Universidad del Rosario / Fundacion universitaria del Area Andina Bogota Columbia
Mark Cormier Head of Training and Professional Development Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano Miami FL
Nestor Reyes Teacher/Esports Director Valley View High School Perris CA
Noura Mohamed CEO Creator and Streamer Suez Egypt
Pablo Melgar President Guatemalan Esports Association Mixco Guatemala
Ranhee Lee Professor KSEF with Association of teachers for computing in Korea Seoul South Korea
Robin Young Instructional Technology Specialist Round Rock ISD - Ridgeview Middle School Round Rock TX
Stephen Jacobson Professional Educator TJ Walker Middle School Sturgeon Bay WI
Tarrin Morgan II CEO/Founding Esports Director & Head Coach REAL digitizED/Morgan State University Esports Neptune NJ
Thea Patrick Instructional Technology Coordinator Loomis Union School District Loomis CA 

Scholastic Mentors

Aba Ngissah CTE Advisor Inglewood Unified School District Inglewood CA
Jeanna Dawson Owner Eastside Esports League Fremont MI
Jeffery Bostic Digital Media Associate Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Rochester NY
Julius Edwards Esports Director/ SSEL VP/ Educator Palm Beach Lakes/ SSEL West Palm Beach FL
Maggie Robison Esports Coach/CTE Teacher Walnut Grove High School - Prosper ISD Savannah TX
Mauricio Aragon Coordinator of Digital Platforms Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano Alajuela Costa Rica
Melissa Dent Grade 7/8 Teacher and Esports Coordinator Lambton Kent District School Board Ontario Canada
Monica Erwin Teacher/Esports sponsor Upper St Clair High School Pittsburgh PA
Monique Paes Teacher Bronx River High School Middletown NY
Nalain Naidoo CEO and Founder Swiss Quality Events AISTS Zurich Switzerland
Peter Whitmore Coordinator Moreno Valley Unified School District Murrieta CA




NASEF is on a mission to provide opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to acquire STEAM-based skills and critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. NASEF operates under the umbrella of the World Wide Scholastic Esports Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The International Esports Federation has entrusted NASEF with training and supporting its 130+ member federations as they undertake development of scholastic esports programs. Find NASEF at and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Media Contact: Claire LaBeaux, [email protected] 

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