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Erica Bailin

Erica E. Bailin, a second year Academic Professional in the Wave I Middle Years Program at the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy [HYSA] on Arizona State University’s West Campus, is a gifted specialist with expertise teaching English, Social Studies, and Technology. Prior to becoming a part of HYSA, she worked in the Paradise Valley Unified School District as a classroom teacher, gifted cluster teacher, gifted pull-out teacher for honors reading and mathematics, and an instructor for the Digital Learning Center for the Gifted. She has been involved in curriculum development projects, provided local and international professional development classes for educators interested in technology and gifted education, presents seminars for parents of gifted children, and has served on numerous committees and task forces.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and as a lifelong learner, she is continuing her academic career as a Sun Devil by pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and another in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her research interests include educational technology, gaming and its impact on society and cultures, social identity, global education, and reality television, popular culture and its impact on youth. She is also a student fellow for the Center for Games and Impact at Arizona State University and a past president and current member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

As an active member of the community, she has been an athletic director and coach for basketball, softball, volleyball and track and field. Breast Cancer Awareness, the American Diabetes Association, and the Boys & Girls Club are among the organizations she supports.