NASEF Scholastic Mentor
Regina Schaffer is a Technology Specialist for the Middletown Township SD. She is an advocate for using technology to bridge the gaps that exist for many of our nation’s students. Regina is a co-author of the ISTE Digital Equity series, Closing the Gap. She is the former co-chair of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN and presently part of the leadership team. She has also been on the leadership team of the ISTE’s Computer Science Network PLN for the past three years. She has spoken and presented nationally, is currently a member of the NJ State PLC for Access to technology and STEM careers, and is a recipient of the 2016 National School Board Association's 20 to Watch Award. Regina is part of NJ NASEF affiliate’s Garden State Esports team. She is also a thought leader for the Future Ready Instructional Coaches Strand. You can follow Regina on Twitter at @reginaschaffer.
What are your strengths and unique aspirations as a NASEF Scholastic Mentor?
I am naturally an extroverted (people) person, who genuinely enjoys connecting with others. I have enough empathic tendencies to understand that everyone can benefit from a personalized approach to learning and growing in this space. As an equity advocate, my passions and aspirations will always involve being an esports ambassador bridging worlds, so everyone has access to the opportunities it provides.
What do you hope to accomplish for your professional development by becoming a Scholastic Mentor?
I hope to grow my esports specific mentoring/coaching toolbox of strategies, experiences and knowledge, as to be able to continue to help successfully bring others into the K-12 esports space and empower underrepresented communities to know that they can be the architects of their own esports program and not be at the behest of others who might have predatory interests.
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