Signature Awards
Distinguished Educators

The Allen Distinguished Educators program supports educators that are developing programs that teach entrepreneurship and engineering in more engaging, practical ways.

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“We look to support the creative and the untapped. We’ve chosen each ADE because we know they have the entrepreneurial mindset to rethink education,” said Jody Allen, co-founder and president of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
The initial program recognized seven creative educators who are providing transformational learning opportunities for students, and promoting rigorous academics, real-world learning, and community engagement.
The first Allen Distinguished Educators included:
  • Regan Drew, Mead School District, Spokane, WA
  • Amir Abo-Shaeer, Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Mike Wierusz, Northshore School District, Seattle, WA
  • Gever Tully, Brightworks School, San Francisco, CA
  • Scott Swaaley, High Tech High, San Diego, CA
  • Glenn Corey, Novato High, Novato, CA
  • Israel Hernandez, Roosevelt High School, Los Angeles, CA
This group gathered in Seattle to share their experiences and learn from one another. After the initial session, the recipients will continue to gather, supported by The Foundation, and build a dynamic professional community that can leverage best practices and spread innovative teaching methods to other schools and districts.
The Allen Distinguished Educator program demonstrates the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s commitment to education, focusing on reinventing the classroom for the 21st century. The Foundation is supporting pioneering approaches to engineering and entrepreneurship education because these disciplines have the potential to create transformative experiences for young people and give them the knowledge, skills and attitudes to successfully meet the challenges facing their generation.