John Shoemaker

NASEF Scholastic Mentor

  • Title: Educational Technology Specialist
  • School / Organization: School District of Palm Beach County
  • Location: West Palm Beach, FL
John Shoemaker

John Shoemaker an Educational Technology Specialist for the Department of Educational Technology in The School District of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Florida. Palm Beach County School District is the 10th largest school district in the United States with 185 schools, 13,000+ teachers, and 194,000+ students. John is a well-established educational strategist with a passion for pedagogy and technology integration, especially surrounding emerging technology. Having progressed through multiple roles in education over the past 18 years from classroom teacher to district administrator, he has a wide-ranging skillset that aligns to his passions. John’s background includes expertise in creating, developing, and implementing learning programs, courses, trainings, workshops, and instructional materials to facilitate participants’ further education and learning. In Fall 2019, he was named eSports Facilitator for the district and tasked with building a pilot and determining a way to scale across the district.

What are your strengths and unique aspirations as a NASEF Scholastic Mentor?

I have long respected NASEF ever since meeting Gerald a few years ago when he shared what NASEF is all about. Since then, I have been grateful to serve as a Fellow, but I also am interested in continuing as a Mentor so I can continue to have a closer relationship with NASEF.

What do you hope to accomplish for your professional development by becoming a Scholastic Mentor?

In my role as a mentor, I really hope to further my leadership skills in mentoring and coaching. I also am hoping to continue to gain knowledge on esports across the world and keep up with the industry.

What is your favorite game?

Animal Crossing> New Horizons