NASEF Scholastic Fellow Program

The NASEF Scholastic Fellow Program provides a professional learning community, mentorship, tools, resources and instructional coaching for educators interested in connecting esports and learning in schools and out-of-school time / community-based organizations across the globe. The application window for the 2020-2021 is now closed. We had over 100+ educators applying from across the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Israel. Find out more information about the innovative educators who were selected for the 2020-2021 cohort below.


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"Without a clear path ahead, educators who are courageous enough to implement scholastic esports need more than just digital platforms, lesson plans and resources – they need a community of support to join them on this exciting adventure of integrating esports into education." Read more on District Administration's site

2020-21 Scholastic Fellows


Chris Aviles

Fair Haven School District & Garden State Esports Teacher

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Shayla Baldwin

Dr William H Bailey Middle School Teacher

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Ryan Friederich

Spirit Lake Community School Technology Director

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Angelique Gianas

Helix Charter High School English Teacher

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Ivet Gonzalez

El Sol Science and Arts Academy STEAM Coordinator

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Tyler Hahn

Cherokee Public Library Director

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J.D. Williams

Laveen Elementary School District Instructional Coach

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James Wood

Achieve Charter School of Paradise Mathematics Teacher

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David Amaro

Anahuac México Esports/ PrepaLeague/ AIEDE Educational Linking Director

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Mary Atherton

Carmel College Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics

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Randall Deich

ReGenerate Tech Chief Networking Officer

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James Fraser-Murison

Queen Mary’s College Director of Learning

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Aldo Fuentes

Benjamin Franklin - Creator Steam Educator

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Alexander Gibson

William Penn Senior High School Teacher

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Mark Godinez

South Dade Senior High School Computer Science Teacher

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Jenny Gonzales

Marco Forster Middle School Teacher

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Bradford Harris

Texas Scholastic Esports Federaration Chief Learning Officer

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Miles Harvey

James Monroe Middle School Professor & 8th Grade Instructor and Coach

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Steve Isaacs

William Annin Middle School / Ridge High School / Garden State Esports Teacher, Game Design and Development

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Garikai Kajau

General Smuts High School Educator

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Alex Keeler

St Lucie Public Schools Teacher

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Clint Kennedy


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JuanPablo Larios

Villa Park High School CTE Graphic Design Instructor

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Dalton McGhiey

Springfield Public Schools Science Teacher/Head Esports Coach

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Lindy Meiser

Pottsboro Area Public Library Manager

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Rubik Adams

Sports Diplomacy / US Embassy-Mexico / BFL Mentor

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Maria Nadal

El Toro High School Teacher

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Corrine Perrella

Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD Advanced Co-Curricular Teacher Specialist

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Nick Rider

Carey Exempted Village Schools Director of Technology

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Regina Schaffer

Thorne Middle School/Thorne Middle School Lions Edtech Specialist/CS Instructor/G&T Instructor

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Ashley Sheehan

The Green Room School Tutor

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John Shoemaker

School District of Palm Beach County Educational Technology Specialist

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Matthew Smith

Parras Middle School - Redondo Beach Unified School District Social Studies Teacher/ Esports Coach

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Travis Whitt

Washington Park High School General Manager/Teacher

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Taylor Yazel

Anaheim Family YMCA Site Supervisor

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Looking to Apply in the future?


NASEF invites educators interested in connecting academics and gaming through the implementation of NASEF’s State-approved Integrated Curriculum in their classrooms or after-school/out-of-school time programs to apply to become a Scholastic Fellow. All educators working in middle school, high school and community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Interested in becoming a Scholastic Fellow for 2021-22? Complete this brief interest form to receive a notification when the next application cycle opens

Why Apply?

1-2 in-person meetings (Spring 2021 TBD).
Monthly virtual meetings (1 hour, October 2020 - June 2021).
Development of and use of Flipgrid and Discord Communities.
Opportunities to collaborate with your NASEF Scholastic Community colleagues on organizing, modifying, and analyzing lesson plans, planning events, and more.
Exposure to specially curated content to support curriculum implementation.
Opportunities for peer review and publication of your lesson plans.

  • One-on-one and group coaching with NASEF’s Scholastic Mentors.
  • One-on-one coaching with NASEF’s Instructional Coach.
  • Support in lesson plan organization and modification.
  • Access to NASEF curricula for schools and out-of-school time /
    community-based organizations.
  • Contribute to the NASEF Community Curriculum Library.

Opportunities to collaborate with a leading researcher in gaming and education from the University of California Irvine Connected Learning Lab in a multi-disciplinary study exploring various aspects of how Scholastic Esports integrates into education.

  • Support for NASEF club activation at your school or out-of-school time / community-based organization.
  • Host an esports and learning showcase at your school or out-of-school time / community-based organization.
  • Be showcased at the NASEF Community of Practice - Fall and Spring Convenings.
  • Travel stipends (with approval) to speak at local, regional, and state conferences and professional events.
  • Receive a verified digital NASEF Scholastic Fellow Badge.
  • Recognition on NASEF website / blog / social media.
  • Potential invitation to live NASEF events.
  • Receive a special NASEF Scholastic Fellow polo and other NASEF swag.
  • Be a guest speaker on one of NASEF’s webinars and / or videos.
  • Collaborate on hosting live streams on the NASEF Twitch channel.
  • And much more opportunities to showcase your innovative approach to connecting learning and esports.

Learn about our 2019-20 Scholastic Fellows:

Want to learn more about the Scholastic Fellow Program? Tune into our webinar for the 2020-21 application cycle: