Afternoons with AZTEA

This Month –Dysart/Esports

Join us to hear from Dysart Unified School District’s Esports coach Jon Alfred and Network Engineer Alfonso Vasquez as they share the challenges and excitement of starting a district esports team. From figuring out the tech, to selling the idea to the district, to designing the current area while teaching students how a healthy diet is essential to gamer success, Jon has worked hard to take Dysart’s Esports League to the statewide challenger it is today. Learn how the team worked to encourage IT, teachers, parents, and students to work together to create this amazing student experience. Presenting from the gaming arena, Jon will have plenty of stories of success and challenges to share.

Jon Alfred –

Jon Alfred, MA, is a Dual Enrollment History instructor and head Esports coach at Willow Canyon High School. He is also a former “Super Coach” for the state of Arizona. Jon is passionate about Epsorts and the opportunities it provides students. He works towards creating safe spaces for his student-athletes and allowing them opportunities to find collegiate and career paths in Esports. Jon is also excited to help esports grow in Arizona having been one of the first high school coaches in the state to now leading a Arizona Discord for high school coaches and more. His current focus is on 19th-century elections, socio-economic impacts in internal borderlands, esports careers and improving the high school esports scene.

Alfonso Vasquez – 

Alfonso is a highly skilled and experienced Esports Network Engineer with a passion for the intersection of gaming and technology. With 20+ years of expertise in network infrastructure design, implementation, and optimization, he has become a trusted professional in the Esports industry.

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Past Episodes

Past Presenters

Emily Marshall

Emily started her career in education as a 7th-grade math teacher with a passion for the power of high-quality technology integration in education. Since that time she has moved through various technology roles in the Vail School District. She is now the Assistant Director of Education Technology where she serves as a liaison between the curriculum and technology departments and works to bring systemic change around technology integration in classrooms. Emily has a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and is an ISTE Certified Educator. She has been highly involved in AzTEA (Arizona’s ISTE affiliate) for five years and currently serves as its President. 

Laura Boone

Laura Boone’s goal is to bridge the gap between technology and curriculum in every way possible. Currently, she leads CDW’s Education Collaborative supporting 1,200 district IT teams across the US and Canada. Prior to joining CDW Education she was first a classroom teacher and then as a tech coach and director managing IT projects and leading professional development initiatives. Laura has an MEd,  an MBA and is an ISTE Certified Trainer. 

She is proud to serve as the Secretary for AzTEA and to have recently participated in updating the Arizona Educational Technology Standards and creating the Arizona EdTech Endorsement.

Diana Hawari

Diana Hawari is the Chief Information Officer of the Dysart Unified School District where she ensures 22,000 preK-12 students have ubiquitous access to information. As a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL), Ms. Hawari’s vision is to create an environment where students, staff and community have safe and secure access to online resources and information, an understanding of data governance and digital citizenship, and to provide an infrastructure that supports the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan.  

She serves as a board member with AzTEA and is heading up the COSN/AzTEA affiliation.