Kathryn Newton

  • Mrs. Newton worked at Gemini as the Achiever's team science teacher for the past 9 years.  Identifying a need for her students she obtained a grant for a set of iPads for her classroom. Mrs. Newton researched and experimented to identify out the best way to utilize them effectively in her classroom.  As a teacher, she always wanted more time and someone to work with her to figure out how to best use technology in the classroom, so she is very excited be “that” person for teachers now. 
    Mrs. Newton has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Management and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  
    Mrs. Newton will assist staff at Gemini, Nelson and Washington schools with integrating meaningful technology into their classroom curriculum. She can be reached digitally at knewton@emsd63.org. 

Matt Tombs

  • Mr. Tombs has been a Digital Learning Coach for East Maine School District 63 since 2016. He is coming to District 63 from Arlington Heights School District 25, where he taught 4th grade for two years at Westgate Elementary School. While there he wrote a grant to procure a Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer, and partnered with Dremel on its integration. Prior to that he taught 6th grade for five years in Branson, Missouri, where he completed 290 hours of eMINTS technology training, and piloted the district’s first 1-to-1 iPad classroom.  
    Mr. Tombs received his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2008 from Missouri State University, and completed his Master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri in 2013.
    Mr. Tombs will assist staff at Melzer, Mark Twain, Stevenson and Apollo schools with integrating meaningful technology into their classroom curriculum. He can be reached digitally at mtombs@emsd63.org.