Apple Distinguished Educators

In 1995, Apple created the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) programme to recognise primary, secondary and higher education pioneers who are using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning. These are the educators who are looking to change the world. They are active leaders from around the world helping other educators rethink what’s possible with iPad and Mac to make learning deeply personal for every student.

The best educators are true innovators.

Trusted advisers. ADEs are experts on the realities of integrating technology into learning environments, and they work closely with Apple to foster innovation in education.

Authentic authors. ADEs provide best practices and leadership in education through published lessons, podcasts, books and more.

Passionate advocates. ADEs share their expertise in using technology to help engage students in new ways with other educators around the globe.

Global ambassadors. ADEs work together to develop and promote powerful ideas for improving teaching and learning worldwide.

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Meet our Apple Distinguished Educators.

Today our global community of educational leaders models an ongoing pathway for professional learning through the desire to connect with peers around the world.

2,947ADEs Worldwide

Savanna Brule

Primary School Teacher,


Alicia Bankhofer

English & Computer Science Teacher,


Samira Bakri Prezotto

Inclusive Education Expert,


Kimihito Takeno

Professor, Department of Education,


Dr Johnnie Marshall


United States

Eldar Skjørten

Music Teacher,


Manuel Pittner

Economics & Law Teacher,


Sharon Drummond

Grade 1/2 Teacher,


Alessandro Gelain

Philosophy Teacher,


Bikem Özdinç

English Language Teacher,


Dr Leticia Batista

Kindergarten Teacher,

United States

Muhammad Helmi Norman

Deputy Director of Teaching Innovations &
Learning Technologies,

Betty Cheng

Professional Development Director,

Hong Kong

Dulce Cuevas

Spanish Language & Literature Teacher,


Maisa Obeid

Accessibility Specialist,

United Arab Emirates

Vivian van der Wal

Technology Coach,


Li Ding

Consultant, National Centre for Educational

Alberto Valdés

ICT Coordinator,


Lakshmi Priya

Physics Teacher,


Dorothea Collier

Primary School Teacher,

New Zealand

Arfah Buang

Malay Language Teacher,


Rubén Benet Santos

Language & Literature Teacher,


Rattanaporn Vamasuree

Science Teacher,


Karen Irwin

Primary School Teacher,

United Kingdom

Learn from ADEs

Books. ADEs regularly create and share digital books created with Pages.

Explore books by ADEs

Twitter. Join global ADEs, Apple Teachers and educators for live Tuesday Twitter chats to discuss ideas and build your global professional learning network. Follow ADEs from around the world to see their creative projects, videos and lesson ideas.

Inspiration. ADEs provide inspiration for projects and share real lesson examples for all teachers to use. See stories, activities and materials in practice.

Want to become an ADE?

If you’re ready to help raise the bar for what’s possible in teaching and learning with Apple, learn more about future applications in participating countries/regions.

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