James Wood

NASEF Scholastic Mentor

  • Title: Math Teacher
  • School / Organization: Achieve Charter School
  • Grade Level(s): 6-8th
  • Location: Chico, CA
  • Cohort: 2019-2020
James Wood  | 2019-20 Middle School Scholastic Fellow

I am a mathematics teacher who has a passion for all things gaming. I have an amazing family that I love to play games with, and my weekends will often find me playing board games with them. I have started gaming clubs, Esports teams, board game clubs, and hosted a middle school Esports invitational tournament. I enjoy woodworking and playing Magic the Gathering in my spare time.

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

I have a lot of experience with technology, and I feel that I would be very well suited towards Esports guidance during a distance learning and COVID environment. I think that I would also be very capable of supporting fellows at a distance. I also produced a very robust curriculum module during my own time as a fellow, and that program could probably be adapted to meet the needs of students in a distance environment.

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

I would like to see my own role as an esports leader within the region grow. I would also like to develop the tools needed to help guide new programs as they are developing their esports classes and even their competitive scene.

What is your favorite game?

Magic The Gathering