College of Education Graduate Recognized as Apple Distinguished Educator

jessica_herringJessica Herring, teacher at Benton Middle School in Benton, Arkansas, has been accepted into the internationally recognized Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program’s Class of 2015.  There are, on average, over 900 applicants to this program in North America each cycle. Ms. Herring is one of only 75 educators in North America elected this year to join the more than 2000 educators worldwide who are passionately committed to the improvement of teaching and learning through educational technology.  Herring is one of only three Apple Distinguished Educators in Arkansas.

The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways.  Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,000 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with technology in and out of the classroom.  More information on this group of innovative educators is available online at

Jessica graduated from the Middle Level Education program at UCA in 2010 and earned her Masters from the Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership in Summer 2013. She currently teaches 7th grade at Benton Middle School and serves as an adjunct professor in the UCA Master of Arts in Teaching program. She is also a member of the Arkansas Council for Teachers of English Language Arts.