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.
Ms. Palucki worked at Apollo Elementary School as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher for the past 5 years. While at Apollo, she integrated technology into her classroom, facilitated technology-related professional development to staff, and co-facilitated Bulldog TV News, STEAM and Coding Club. With her passion for technology, she looks forward to a wonderful year collaborating and using the latest digital tools to enhance instructional practices and transform student learning.
Ms. Palucki received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 2013 from Elmhurst College and completed her Master's degree in Specialized Endorsements: ESL and SPED from National Louis University in 2018. She is currently in the process of completing her Master's degree in Learning Sciences Education with a focus on Learning Technologies for Coaches.
Ms. Palucki will assist staff at Melzer, Nelson and Washington schools with integrating meaningful technology into their classroom curriculum. She can be reached digitally at APalucki@emsd63.org.
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. He is currently completing his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education.
Mr. Tombs will assist staff at Melzer, Mark Twain and Apollo schools with integrating meaningful technology into their classroom curriculum. He can be reached digitally at MTombs@emsd63.org.