Taylor Yazel

NASEF Scholastic Mentor

  • Title: Program Supervisor
  • School / Organization: Magnolia High School & Western High School / Anaheim Family YMCA
  • Location: Anaheim, CA
Taylor Yazel

Taylor is thrilled to be joining the NASEF team this year as a Scholastic Fellow! Taylor's fondest and earliest memories were with a controller in his hand and is over-the-moon excited to share his passion for education and gaming with students across the world! As a Expanded Learning Specialist, Taylor helps maintain and grow afterschool programs in Anaheim specifically through the medium of video games. He also has ran various esports tournaments across Orange County, bringing students together from all different backgrounds where they can share their passion for gaming.

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

I think my work in expanded learning creates opportunities in my district that a lot of other educators don't have. By working with students every day, for multiple hours a day, I get to develop a fantastic working relationship with them. I get to keep my finger on the pulse of what's happening in the Esports community, see what other programs our doing, and implement new curriculum, events, and projects year after year.

As a Scholastic Mentor, I get to take the things I've learned, and share out in a way that reaches students across the globe. I get to influence what a teacher might do in a country I've never been to, and while that is a hefty responsibility, the reward of continuing to push the validity of Esports in our schools is an incredible feeling.

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

To continue to legitimize scholastic esports in the eyes of my admin, district, and community. In the 7 years I've worked in expanded learning, I've gone from a couch and a switch, to an entire Esports computer lab. My reach working with students has tripled from where I started, and I love getting to see students passionately working together to bring Esports into our schools center stage.

What is your favorite game?

The Witcher 3