NASEF Scholastic Mentor
Angelique Gianas is an English Teacher at Helix Charter High School in San Diego, California. Her passion lies in creating meaningful relationships with her students and teaching engaging lessons with their interests in mind. Angelique received her BA in English in 2014 and her MA in Teaching in 2019, both from San Diego State University. She was SDSU College of Education's Outstanding Graduate of 2019 for her work at Helix and in the master's program. Angelique founded Helix's competitive esports and casual gaming clubs, which host 60+ students each week. Her dream is to create and teach a Gaming As Literature course to encourage students to explore the literary depth of some of the best video games.
What are your strengths and unique aspirations as a NASEF Scholastic Mentor?
Some of my strengths are my enthusiasm, positive attitude, knowledge of esports both inside and outside of the classroom, and my ability to provide constructive feedback. I believe that my enthusiasm about video games and teaching and my overall positive, welcome attitude is an important quality for a mentor to have to make fellows feel comfortable and valued in the program. Also, as someone who has been running the esports program at my school for two years, I feel experienced and comfortable supporting others in setting up new programs at their school sites. Some of my aspirations as a NASEF Scholastic Mentor is to strengthen my leadership skills to learn how to lead others more effectively, and, expand my knowledge and involvement in the esports education ecosystem worldwide.
What do you hope to accomplish for your professional development by becoming a Scholastic Mentor?
I hope to learn more about mentorship and coaching other professionals in my field, as that is something I don't have formal experience with at this point. Since I am teacher, it is part of my job to mentor and coach high school students, but I think mentoring adults is a different experience in developing leadership skills. Another thing I would like to expand my skills on is presenting. By being a mentor and taking on a leadership role in the Scholastic Fellows program, I hope to strengthen my presentation and public speaking skills in front of groups. I also want to continue developing curriculum for esports and English.
What is your favorite game?
Halo: Reach and Zelda: Ocarina of Time