NASEF Scholastic Fellow Program

The NASEF Scholastic Fellow Program provides a professional learning community, mentorship, tools, resources and instructional coaching for educators interested in connecting esports and learning in schools and out-of-school time / community-based organizations across the globe.

Applications for the 2022-2023 program year are now open!

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Professional Development Pathway

Selected educators have the opportunity to learn as a Fellow in their first year, lead as a Mentor in their second year, and grow as a Community Leader in their third year and beyond. Community Leaders are the official Trainers-of-Trainers for the global NASEF community. 

Scholastic Fellow

Year One

Scholastic Mentor

Year Two

Community Leader

Year Three

Apply to be a NASEF Scholastic Fellow

Applications are due by Friday, July 29th, 2022 Extended Deadline August 5th, 2022

For more detailed information please make sure to download and review the PDF application packet.

When you're ready to apply, you can fill out the online application using the links provided.

Timeline of Events


May 2022

Call for Applications

Applications are open to all educators across the globe interested in connecting learning & esports.

July 29th, 2022 Extended Deadline August 5th, 2022

Application Deadline

All application materials including a supplemental 5-10 minute video and letter of support

August 30th, 2022

Fellows Selected

Scholastic Fellows will be notified of their selection and next steps to joining our community.

September 2022 

Program Kick-Off

We officially launch our community with introductions to fellows, mentors, community leaders, and alumni.

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October 2022 - June 2023

Program Cycle

We spend approximately nine months as a community sharing successes, challenges, best practices, and collaborating on various curricula and capstone projects through a blend of synchronous and asynchronous interactions.

Program Overview

NASEF invites educators interested in connecting academics and gaming through the implementation of NASEF’s State-approved Integrated Curriculum in their classrooms or after-school/out-of-school time programs to apply to become a Scholastic Fellow. All educators working in middle school, high school and community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

We hosted a virtual information session on Tuesday, July 19th, 2022:

Why Apply?

  • Monthly virtual meetings (1 hour, October 2021 - June 2022).
  • Development of and use of Flipgrid and Discord Communities.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with your NASEF Scholastic Community colleagues on organizing, modifying, and analyzing lesson plans, planning events, and more.
  • Exposure to specially curated content to support curriculum implementation.
  • Opportunities for peer review and publication of your lesson plans.
  • One-on-one and group coaching with NASEF’s Scholastic Mentors.
  • One-on-one coaching with NASEF’s Instructional Coach.
  • Support in lesson plan organization and modification.
  • Access to NASEF curricula for schools and out-of-school time /
    community-based organizations.
  • Contribute to the NASEF Community Curriculum Library.
  • Support for NASEF club activation at your school or out-of-school time / community-based organization.
  • Host an esports and learning showcase at your school or out-of-school time / community-based organization.
  • Support in speaking at local, regional and state conferences and professional events.
  • Receive a verified digital NASEF Scholastic Fellow Badge.
  • Recognition on NASEF website / blog / social media.
  • Potential invitation to live NASEF events.
  • Receive a special NASEF Scholastic Fellow polo and other NASEF swag.
  • Be a guest speaker on one of NASEF’s webinars and / or videos.
  • Collaborate on hosting live streams on the NASEF Twitch channel.
  • And much more opportunities to showcase your innovative approach to connecting learning and esports.

Meet the 2021-22 NASEF Scholars!

We had over 100+ Applications from 20+ countries around the globe and are excited to work with a diverse group of 50 Scholastic Fellows, Mentors, and Community Leaders from 14 countries this year. Find out more information about our community below.

  Community Leader

The Official NASEF Trainers-of-Trainers (ToT) for Scholastic Esports! Community Leaders have participated as a Scholastic Fellow, Scholastic Mentor, and are knowledge experts in the integration of esports in education. They can provide professional development, curriculum design, and other support services for your educational community. For more information on how they can engage with your community, please contact us at



Chris Aviles

Garden State Esports Teacher and Founder

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Shayla Baldwin

Dr William H Bailey Middle School Teacher

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Ryan Friederich

Forest City Community School District Technology Director

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Angelique Gianas

Helix Charter High School English Teacher

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Ivet Gonzalez

El Sol Science and Arts Academy STEAM Coordinator

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Tyler Hahn

Cherokee Public Library Director

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J.D. Williams

Laveen Elementary School District Instructional Coach

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James Wood

Achieve Charter School of Paradise Mathematics Teacher

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Scholastic Mentor

Scholastic Mentors participated as a Scholastic Fellow and are now working towards developing their educational leadership by supporting new educators in our community. Upon completion of the program, Scholastic Mentors receive an official "Esports Scholastic Mentorship" certificate and additional continued education units from our partners at the California State University of Fullerton.

David Amaro

Anáhuac Esports/ PrepaLeague México Educational Linking Director

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Mary Atherton

Carmel College Senior Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics

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James Fraser-Murison

Queen Mary’s College Director of Learning

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Alexander Gibson

William Penn SHS Teacher

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Bradford Harris

TEXSEF/SHI Director of Learning / Education Strategist

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Garikai Kajau

General Smuts High School Teacher

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Lindy Meiser

eSports Texoma Director of Curriculum & Instruction

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Laura Rubi Meneses Adams

creadorSTREAM / Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin UX Game designer / EdTech strategist at creadorSTREAM

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Nick Rider

Carey Exempted Village Schools / Esports Ohio Director of Technology / Founder

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Regina Schaffer

Middletown Township SD Edtech Specialist

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John Shoemaker

School District of Palm Beach County Educational Technology Specialist

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Travis Whitt

Washington Park High School / Racine Unified School District ELA Teacher/ Head Esports GM

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Taylor Yazel

Magnolia High School & Western High School / Anaheim Family YMCA Program Supervisor

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Scholastic Fellow

Scholastic Fellows are educators in middle school, high school, and out-of-school-time / community-based organizations that focus on the design, development, and implementation of Scholastic Esports Programs. As part of their participation in the community, they will be creating unique curriculum modules and capstone projects that will be provided as resources for our global community. You can check out past curriculum projects in our Community Library.

Aidar Abdullin

Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher BBS

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Marta Anderson

Del Norte High School Math Teacher/ Esports Coach

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Nevine Asfour

Alexandria International School Computer Science Teacher and Head of IT Department

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Sanjay Kumar Bhagat

U.S. Embassy New Delhi, India American Spaces Program Specialist

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Melissa Burns

Frontenac School & Esport Canada Teacher & Founder/President

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Admire Chabvepi

Admiral Accounting Services High School Educator

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Samha Choi

Sogang University Korea Professor / Game development

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PK Graff

Academies of Creative Education Instructional Designer

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Laurenjoy Graves

Olathe Public Library Teen Librarian

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Andy Gribbin

Reach Cyber Charter School Director of STEM Education

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Amy Harris

Hart Career Center Teacher

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Chuck Hobbs

Vista del Mar Middle School Technology Teacher

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Giselle Jaimes

Prepa League / Anáhuac Esports Operations Director / General Manager

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Erica Larson Bautze

DAI Sachsen Deputy Director

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Emma Liston

Alva Academy Teacher

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Felicia Martin Latief

Prince George's County Public Schools STEM Supervisor

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Roxann Martinez

McAllen ISD Librarian

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James (Jim) McKowen

Hopatcong Borough Schools Teacher

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Adrieanne Moliere

University View Academy 9-11th Grade Special Education Teacher

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Pamela Moreno-Paes

Community Health Academy of the Heights Special Education/Computer Science Teacher

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Shoubna Naika-Taylor

Coventry College Curriculum Lead for Digital

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Kalam Neale

Barnsley College Curriculum Lead

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Happyson Nyamudeza

Pinagare Secondary School Mathematics and Technology Educator

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Mary Phillips

North Shore Elementary, South Haven Public Schools Teacher, iCreate and Challenge Accepted Programs

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Daniel Rolo

Holy Family Catholic School/St. Clair Catholic District Teacher

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Yoshiaki Tsuboyama

NASEF Japan Esports Scholastic Director

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Ignacio Vargas

Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano Assistant of Academic Services

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Megan Wallace

Earnshaw State College Teacher

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Audra Yocom

Pleasant Grove High School / Alpine School District / Ken Garff Esports Teacher / Director of Technology Education at Ken Garff Esports

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DA Article

"Without a clear path ahead, educators who are courageous enough to implement scholastic esports need more than just digital platforms, lesson plans and resources – they need a community of support to join them on this exciting adventure of integrating esports into education." Read more on District Administration's site