Dr. Deborah Hamm has been the Superintendent of Schools for Newton USD 373 since July of 2012. She is a Newton teaching veteran, having taught 4th and 5th grades for USD 373 from 1989-1996, and having served as an assistant principal for the district from 1996-1998. Dr. Hamm also previously served as an elementary principal for McPherson USD 418, as a middle school principal for Cheney USD 268, and as the Superintendent for Oxford USD 358. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education, a masterís degree and a doctorate degree in educational administration, all from Wichita State University.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
Dr. Russell Miller joined Newton USD 373 as Assistant Superintendent for Business Services on July 1, 2011. Prior to coming to Newton Public Schools, he served in the Wichita Public School district for 28 years. While at Wichita, he held positions as a vocal music teacher, building principal and, most recently, as the Director for Grants and Development. Miller holds a Bachelors degree in Education from Friends University and a Masters and Doctorate of Education from Wichita State University.
Director of Instructional Services
Sheila Wendling joined Newton USD 373 as Director of Instructional Services in July of 2012. Prior to coming to Newton, she served as an elementary building principal for Augusta USD 402. Ms. Wendling holds two bachelors degrees, in Elementary Education and Business Education, from Ft. Hays State University and a Masters degree in Secondary Education, also from Ft. Hays. She has taught at the elementary and secondary levels in several Kansas communities and was an Office Technology instructor for Colby Community College.
Director for Special Education Services
Mitchell Neuenschwander has been the director for Special Education Services since July 2012. Before coming to Newton, he served as Special Education director for Rice County. Prior to that, Mitchell was a Special Education coordinator for ANW Interlocal in Humbolt. He has also taught Special Education in Newton on the Youthville campus and then at the day school for Prairie View. Mitchell was responsible for starting drop-out recovery sites in Topeka and Butler County before returning to Prairie View as a building administrator. He holds a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree from Emporia State University.