As generations of educators before him, Jonathan Keck began his teaching career 13 years ago as the center of attention.

Assuming his place at the head of the classroom, the then 20-something settled into the daily routine established by professors decades prior. Owing to his own time in school, Keck disseminated information to be downloaded, memorized and, ultimately, regurgitated on paper.

Little else but the seasons and faces staring back at him changed.

Over time, however, Keck, now a teacher at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino, tweaked his style, crafting a more interactive, collaborative and engaging approach to traditional, teacher-centered education.

This summer, for their ongoing efforts to encourage creativity and enhance learning, Keck and colleague Marcus James were named Apple Distinguished Educators –

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