Keynote

NASEF Scholastic Fellows

10/08/21, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PT

About the Presentation

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. Originally launched in 2019 with an inaugural national cohort, the program has now entered it’s third consecutive year to include over 50 educators from across 14 countries around the world.

We are excited for you to join Jorrel Batac, Director of the Scholastic Fellow Program, in conversation with a diverse group of innovative educators who will be sharing the successes, challenges, and best practices they have experienced in designing, developing, and implementing unique scholastic esports programs for their communities.

Jorrel Batac

Director, Scholastic Fellow Program / Esports Scholastic Instructional Coach

NASEF

Jorrel holds a BA in Human Development and a CTE Credential. He grew his roots as an instructor for various non-profits, taught English in South Korea, volunteered as a virtual educator for students in India, and designed a statewide STEM enrichment program for expanded learning centers in California.

Jorrel now leads NASEF's Scholastic Fellow Program as the Director and Esports Scholastic Instructional Coach with the role of building educator capacity and supporting their instructional practices as integrated with Scholastic Esports.

When not at work, he loves gaming with the wife, designing and playing in the future: spending his time UAV tinkering, 3D printing, and exploring virtual reality.

Rubik Adams

Studio Owner / UX Game Designer

Rubik is currently working on the video game called “TanTam” for mobile and PC from her own studio the-BIGkey. And since 2015 she founded the initiative “creador STREAM” that brings best practices and techniques to young creators, reducing the profesional gap. She has more than 4 years of experience developing commercial video games for brand activation or international organizations and in 2020 was her first year as a Mentor of esports clubs of the American spaces in collaboration with NASEF for Mexico City.

David Amaro R.

Educational Linking Director

Anáhuac México Esports

David Amaro Ruiz works for Anáhuac México Esports - mainly on the development of Prepa League México, a competitive and scholastic organization for Esports at the high school level. He started in traditional sports and has a background in team management, and later became a part of the competitive Esports community in college as an organizer. Over time, he ended up immersed in scholastic esports, now fully developing scholastic content and creating events and programs for educators and parents in Latin America. His main goal is to give back to the huge community forged around gaming and education.

"With the support of my team and NASEF´s team, we can create anything and reach any student. It’s a pleasure to be a part of this - I always welcome anyone willing to join."

Chris Aviles

Teacher & President

Garden State Esports

Chris Aviles is a STEM teacher at the Monmouth Beach school in New Jersey as well as the President of Garden State Esports.

Angelique Gianas

English Teacher

Helix Charter High School

Angelique Gianas is an English Teacher at Helix Charter High School in San Diego, California. Angelique received her BA in English and her MA in Teaching, both from San Diego State University. She was SDSU College of Education's Outstanding Graduate of 2019 for her work at Helix during her master's program. In addition to teaching English, Angelique founded Helix's competitive esports and casual gaming clubs, which host 60+ students each week in-person and virtually.

She has been a part of NASEF’s Scholastic Fellow program since its inaugural year, developing ELA and SEL curriculum focused around gaming that is available at no cost for educators. In her English classes, Angelique encourages her students to explore the literary depth of their favorite games and hopes to inspire educators around the world to recognize the benefits of incorporating video games into core curriculum.

Bradford Harris, MS, EMDT

Education Strategist

SHI

Director of Learning

TEXSEF

Bradford Harris serves as the public sector Educator Strategist for the SHI Company. His role empowers him to design STEM, digital learning spaces, and academic/scholastic esports for grades K12 and higher education. He also provides professional development, curriculum design, and training for successful implementation for all three categories as well. He is very passionate about education and learning on a consistent basis. His passion for game based learning and gamification for students, teachers, and administrators has developed into esports in schools.

Bradford’s primary focus in scholastic/academic esports is aligning curriculum or learning strategies from the esports industry to educational or academic state/national. He also wants to promote diversity, equity and inclusion to all students especially students of color to the esports ecosystem. He also serves as the Director of Learning for the non profit organization TEXSEF; Texas Scholastic Esports Federation.

Miles Harvey, PhD

Teacher & Esports Coach

James Monroe Middle School

Adjunct Professor

University of New Mexico

Dr. Miles Harvey is a scholar gamer, middle years esports coach, streamer, and teacher educator from the University of New Mexico researching media literacy and digital game-based learning. He is a K-12 Language Arts and Media Literacy educator in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also instructs classes at the Central New Mexico Community College.

Miles’ research interests focus on how students make sense of their learning through multimodal experiences afforded by mixed reality, video games, and research-based instructional strategies. He coaches New Mexico’s first-ever middle school esports team and competed in the North America’s first international middle school esports competition against Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Regina Schaffer

Educational Technology Specialist

Middletown School District

Regina Schaffer is an Educational Technology Specialist for Middletown Township SD. She is an advocate for using technology to bridge the gaps that exist for many of our nation’s students. Regina is a co-author of the ISTE Digital Equity series, Closing the Gap. She is the former co-chair of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN and presently part of the leadership team. She has also been on the leadership team of the ISTE’s Computer Science Network PLN for the past three years.

She has spoken and presented nationally, is currently a member of the NJ State PLC for Access to technology and STEM careers, and is a recipient of the 2016 National School Board Association's 20 to Watch Award. She is also a thought leader for the Future Ready Instructional Coaches Strand. Regina is vp of NJ NASEF affiliate’s Garden State Esports team, as well as a 2020 NASEF Fellow.