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Record Number: 4698
Displayed from: Jan 27, 2009 , until: Feb 27, 2009
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees hired Elizabeth Bryan to lead New Tech High, which will open at Wayne High School in the fall. Bryan has been with FWCS since 2002 when she was hired as a business teacher at North Side High School. She then went through the district's administrative internship program and became an assistant principal at North Side. In 2007, she became the director of the district's Smaller Learning Communities Project, which is funded by a $3 million federal grant aimed at improving high schools, and was instrumental in establishing the Freshman Initiative now in place at the district's six high schools. The Freshman Initiative is designed to give students a strong start to their high school careers to improve success in high school and increase the number of students who graduate prepared for life after high school. Bryan began her career in education as a business and technology teacher in Aurora (Colo.) Public Schools. She also worked as a teacher in Michigan City and East Chicago. She received her bachelor's degree from Ball State University and her master's degree from Indiana University. In leading New Tech, Bryan will oversee the program's startup and welcome 100 freshmen into the program in the fall. New Tech is a self-contained program that gives students the opportunity to work independently and in teams to complete rigorous, real-world assignments and projects that prepare them for college or the workforce. Students will learn in an innovative and professional environment fostered by the use of advanced learning methods and technologies. Students will understand technology is not the end-point or target of education but tools to getting the work done. Eighth-grade students interested in the New Tech program should complete a transfer application. Applications are due Feb. 27 with a lottery held, if necessary, on March 6. For more information on the transfer process, visit or call Student Services at 467-2120.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.