Mr. James O'Tremba
Voicemail: 303-347-7939

Welcome to my web page.  The best way to contact me is through email. I attempt to return all messages within 24-48 hrs. This is my fourteenth year as the principal at Newton Middle School and my 36th year as an educator.

I have a triple major in Secondary Education, History and Psychology from Minot State University in North Dakota. I received a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of North Dakota and completed my Type D principal's license at the University of Denver.

I enjoy reading, sports, especially baseball and have a collection of bats and baseballs in my office.  My wife is a retired special education teacher of 31 years and continues to substitute teach on a regular basis. We have been married for 33 years. 

We have two boys, a 26 year old son who graduated from Arizona State University  and is currently working on his master’s degree in education and student teaching at Littleton High School. We also have a 20 year old son who is a Junior at The University of Arizona and plays on their baseball team. He is majoring in psychology and aspires to play in Major League Baseball and then assume a career as a sports psychologist.

We enjoy traveling, especially to warm weather areas that include beaches, palm trees and oceans


Assistant Principal

Ms. Catie Gambrell
Assistant Principal
Email: cgambrell[at][dot]us
Voicemail: 303-347-7940

I am excited to be joining the Newton Middle School Team for my 19th year in education. Throughout my time in LPS, I have been a 5th grade teacher, gifted and talented facilitator, literacy teacher, instructional coach, dean of students, assistant principal, and most recently the principal at Peabody Elementary School. 

Outside of school you will find me spending time with my family. I enjoy supporting my kiddos in the various sports and activities they are involved in. 

I look forward to getting to know and support the students, staff, and community this year and for many years to come! Please call or email if there is anything I can do for you and your family!

Assistant Principal

Brian Wyckhuyse
Assistant Principal
Email: bwyckhuyse[at][dot]us
Voicemail: 303-347-7945

Years Teaching: Seven years teaching Math, Social Studies and Computers and 12 years in School Administration.

Years at Newton: This is my seventh year at Newton Middle School. I taught for six years in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and one year in Chandler, Arizona before heading into administration for two years. I moved to Denver in 2010 and worked in administration at a middle school in Cherry Creek for three years before coming here in 2013.

Life Outside of Newton:  My wife and I have been married 14 years and have two children. Ben is ten and Lia is eight and they keep us busy. Besides spending my time away from Newton with my family, I am a big sports fan. I follow my alma mater, Michigan State University closely and look forward to college football and basketball seasons.  Additionally, I coach my sons tournament baseball team and that eats up a lot of my weekends from March through July.

I am extremely fortunate to work with such a great staff here at Newton and look forward to many years here. Please call or email if there is anything I can do for you and your family!