Hello! My name is Riley Johnson and I am currently the principal at New Technology High School in NVUSD, Napa, California. Moving to Napa has been an amazing experience and has allowed me to see the New Tech model in a whole new light. Napa Valley Unified has over thirty schools and nearly 19,000 students! The district is shifting the entire organization to new thinking with it’s NexTech program and I am excited to be a part of this shift for the entire community!
My wife and I moved to Napa from my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN. In Fort Wayne, I spent 5 years teaching social studies, math workshop, and music productions at New Tech Academy @ Wayne High School. New Tech Academy was Northeast Indiana’s first New Tech Network school and taught me a lot about what it means to think outside of the box when it comes to education.
In my free time, I love to watch and stay active with sports. I coached football and wrestling for the past 8 years and those will always be a part of my passion! As well as this, I love stay active by being outdoors. Being in the Bay Area has opened my world up to a whole new life of experiences with traveling and experiencing nature.
Thank you for taking the time to think outside the education box with me. I was one time challenged to think about what high school graduates would look like in a decade from that time. This question has helped guide my focus as an educator and life-long learner.