John Shoemaker an Educational Technology Specialist for the Department of Educational Technology in The School District of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Florida. Palm Beach County School District is the 10th largest school district in the United States with 185 schools, 13,000+ teachers, and 194,000+ students. John is a well-established educational strategist with a passion for pedagogy and technology integration, especially surrounding emerging technology. Having progressed through multiple roles in education over the past 18 years from classroom teacher to district administrator, he has a wide-ranging skillset that aligns to his passions. John’s background includes expertise in creating, developing, and implementing learning programs, courses, trainings, workshops, and instructional materials to facilitate participants’ further education and learning. In Fall 2019, he was named eSports Facilitator for the district and tasked with building a pilot and determining a way to scale across the district.
Why did you become a NASEF Scholastic Fellow?
I am interested in connecting with my peers across the world to build a knowledge base on how to roll out eSports teams and help spread the positive, relevant message that the eSports ecosystem can bring to today's students.
What is your favorite game?
Animal Crossing> New Horizons