Orlando, Florida July 14, 2016 — New Tech Network (NTN) announced at its annual conference (NTAC) in Orlando, Florida, that Liz Bryan, founding director of the New Tech Academy at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was the 2016 recipient of the Susan Schilling Legacy Award.

Created in 2009 to honor Susan Schilling, former New Technology Foundation CEO, and her contributions to the Network and the broader education field, the Susan Schilling Legacy Award recognizes entrepreneurs in education who demonstrate leadership and contribute to the innovation and sustainability of the Network of nearly 200 schools in the United States and Australia.

NTN NewaBryan’s achievement was recognized by more than 1,850 educators representing elementary, middle and high schools nationwide at the July 11-14 conference which featured the theme:  “Making it Personal ─ Connecting the School and the Student.”

“I am honored to receive this award which represents all that we as educators strive to achieve. This award is truly made possible by all of the passionate teachers that are making a difference in students’ lives,” said Bryan. 

Since 2009, New Tech Academy at Wayne High School has held tours for countless schools and trained teachers from across the country helping other educators to best enable their students to achieve success in their post-secondary lives and careers.”

“Liz Bryan was more than just a leader, she was an enabler,” said Riley Johnson, Principal at Napa New Technology High School in Napa, CA., and formerly a teacher of social studies, math and music at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School. 

“Liz enabled her teachers to take risks, collaborate at high levels, and experiment with what we called PBL (Project-Based Learning).  She trusted our knowledge, but ensured that our vision kept students first and aligned with the core values of the school.”

realstemsmall-950x400RE@L adds only that effective reform moves forward in our K12 institutions only because talented educators are dedicating their time and effort to make it happen.

Our RE@L congratulations to Liz Bryan!

Here’s hoping we have more such capable candidates in 2017!

There’s still a lot of needed work to be done out there, and RE@L is committed to make it happen!


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.