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USD 373 Leadership Team


Superintendent of Schools

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 previously served as a principal in McPherson USD 418 and Cheney USD 268, and as the Superintendent for Oxford USD 358. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education, a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in educational administration, all from Wichita State University.

Phone: 316.284.6206
Contact Dr. Hamm 


Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services

Sheila Wendling was named Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services in July 2017. She 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 master’s 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.

Phone: 316.284.6203
Contact Sheila Wendling

Matt Morford  

Director, Business Services

Matt Morford became the Director of Business Services in July 2017 and has been with the district since June 2013. He was with the Kansas Department of Education before coming to Newton USD 373. Morford has a degree in Business administration from Tabor College and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration from WSU. 

Phone: 316.284.6202

Contact Matt Morford

Jane Nichols

Director, Human Services

Jane Nichols was named Director of Human Services in July 2017. She has been with the district since September 2008. Ms. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management degree from Friends University. 

Phone: 316.284.6212

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Brenda Thompson

Director, Technology Services

Brenda Thompson accepted the position of Director of Technology Services in July 2014. Prior to this she was the assistant principal at the Santa Fe 5-6 Center. She has been with Newton USD 373 since 1994 teaching fifth grade and then computer technology at the middle school level.  Mrs. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and two master’s degrees, in Instructional Design and Technology and Educational Leadership, also from Emporia State University.

Phone: 316.284.6251
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Reagan Seidl

Director, Special Education Services

Reagan Seidl began serving as the Director of Special Education for the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative in July of 2015, following a year as the Assistant Director of the Cooperative.  Prior to her current position, Ms. Seidl worked as a School Psychologist for the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative with assignments within elementary, middle, and secondary schools.  Ms. Seidl earned her Bachelor of Science, Master in Science in School Psychology and Specialist in Education (School Psychology) all from Emporia State University. She earned her Education Leadership - District Level License from Wichita State University.
Phone: 316.284.6580
Contact Reagan Seidl