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USD 373 Administrators



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 for Human & Fiscal Services

Dr. Russell Miller joined Newton USD 373 on July 1, 2011 as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, and in July of 2013 his role was expanded to include oversight of the human resources area. 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 bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Friends University and a Masters of Education and Administration and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Wichita State University.
Phone: 316.284.6200
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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 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
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Director of 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
Contact Brenda Thompson


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