Abingdon Teacher Named Apple Distinguished Educator Abingdon Elementary School teacher Katherine Hale was named a 2015 Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE). Apple Distinguished Educators are part of a global community of education leaders recognized for doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths, and embrace new opportunities. That includes working with each other — and with Apple — to bring the freshest, most innovative ideas to students everywhere. ADEs advise Apple on integrating technology into learning environments and share their expertise with other educators and policy makers.