Matthew Smith

Middle School Fellow

  • Title: Teacher
  • School / Organization: Parras Middle School
  • Location: Redondo Beach, California
Matthew Smith

Matt Smith is a tenth-year social studies and special education teacher currently working at Parras Middle School in Redondo Beach, California. He holds a degree and teaching credential in social science from San Diego State University, and an education specialist credential and master's degree from CSU Dominguez Hills. Matt founded Redondo Beach's first middle school esports team in February of 2020. Previously, as a high school teacher, he founded and coached the first ever high school mountain bike team in the downtown Los Angeles area. At Parras, Matt also coaches the Mock Trial team which, last year, finished fourth in Los Angeles County. Matt serves as a PLC lead, Instructional Lead Teacher, and also volunteers as a union site representative. He is currently working towards expanding Parras Esports with a long-term goal of developing an inclusive esports league that serves students in the South Bay area.

Why did you become a NASEF Scholastic Fellow?

I chose to become a NASEF Scholastic Fellow because I wanted to learn from educators and leaders who are taking charge in their communities to bring esports into the educational setting. NASEF provides that mentorship that I crave to make me a better manager, coach, teacher, and leader in my community.

What is your favorite game?

VALORANT, Call of Duty, Spellbreak, Fall Guys