NASEF Scholastic Fellows in Florida!

To further implement team based video gaming in education, NASEF has brought on educators all over the country to represent NASEF as scholastic fellows who work to expand and interweave STEAM learning concepts with esports in their communities. NASEF fellows encompass a diverse group of teachers in middle school, high school, and community organizations who range from being esports coaches for their clubs to not knowing too much about esports at all! In both cases, our Fellows are genuinely interested in the passion their students have for esports and gaming and the learning outcomes from integrated scholastic esports. 

Our fellows are provided scholastic-based tools, resources, and instructional coaching to realize a common vision of leveraging esports to draw real interest from their students. The program focuses on implemented English Language arts plans, with fellows also growing NASEF clubs and presenting insights to families and other educators. 

Scholastic fellows were chosen through a competitive method that brought in candidates from all across North America, with 3 out of 25 of our NASEF scholastic fellows coming from Florida representing the Florida Scholastic Esports League! 

Introducing our Florida scholastic fellows: 

David Manning of Volusia County Schools in Deltona, FL

"I have been the Game & Sim teacher for University High School for 5 years. I teach students about the game industry, programming, art, and career skills. I am an avid gamer that plays a lot of games and runs the school game club. I also coach all of the school's esports teams."


Peter Melton of Miami Lakes Educational Center in Miami Lakes, FL

"I am a dynamic teacher that is passionate about giving students opportunities to shine and perform to their maximum ability. I feel fortunate to work for the greatest generation of children I have ever seen. Our students perform at the highest level, accomplish tasks that I could not imagine as a child and are more tolerant of each other than any generation in the past 40 years. My students program in three language (Blocks, Python and Java), they prototype models in our 3D printers and use basic electronics to make IoT devices. After 21 years the excitement continues to grow. Now we are pleased to incorporate Esports and all of the related activities into our classroom and club. I share these wonderful experiences with my wife Laura, daughter and son, Michelle and Peter and my three grandchildren Addison, Chloe and Oliver."


Rene Barge of iTECH Academy, Miami Springs SHS in Miami Springs, FL

Rene Barge’s is an educator and artist uniquely positioned within the confluence of computing, science and engineering, design, and the arts. He earned a BFA at Florida International University under the guidance of the American feminist media artist and pioneer, critic, and educator, Christine Tamblyn. Opting for an alternative to a institutional degreed learning experience, he continued learning and producing at the interdisciplinary Sound Arts Workshop, Miami, FL, where in 2005 he became custodian of the National Endowment of the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence Grant. The goal was to deliver cutting edge technology to underserved high school students. Fast-forward fourteen years, Rene Barge continues to deliver emerging creative paradigms to underserved high school students that produce visually compelling, immersive, interactive stories. He is now director and educator for iTECH Academy’s STEAM integrated, video game development, eSports and robotics magnet program for M-DCPS at Miami Springs Senior High.