Melissa Burns is an award-winning educator and international speaker within the field of scholastic esports. Specialized in the integration of arts and technology in education, she is the founder and president of the first competitive middle school esports program in Winnipeg, Canada (MYEMB est. 2016) and Esport Canada (est. 2020), a not-for-profit k12 scholastic esports organization with offerings in both curricular and varsity gaming. She is actively involved in esports advocacy and research, and recently published a chapter for the academic research book “Esports Research and its Integration in Education” (IGI Global, 2021).
Why did you become a NASEF Scholastic Fellow?
I have a passion for game-based education through scholastic esports and am committed to providing the best opportunities for Canadian students and resources/support for Canadian educators. NASEF will allow me to learn alongside a global PLN of educators who are committed to exploring progressive pedagogy through scholastic gaming.
What is your favorite game?
League of Legends and Pokemon Unite