Mr. Hackney Dear Newman Families:

Welcome back to all our new and returning families for an exciting year at Newman! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and share my excitement about being the new principal at Newman.  I am so happy that I have been given this opportunity to serve you.

Newman has a reputation of excellence and I feel very fortunate to be joining such a dedicated team of educational professionals that are focused on student learning, a commitment to high expectations, innovation and collaboration.  It is my intent to carry out these important traditions and practices as we continue to succeed as a school community.

I would like to share some information about my educational background and professional experience.  Upon graduating from Long Beach State University, I began teaching in Long Beach Unified School district.  While teaching I received my Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction from National University.  After seven years in Long Beach, I transitioned to the Chino Valley Unified School District.  I served as a split elementary school assistant principal.  I then had the opportunity to become an instructional coach for an educational consulting company.  I returned to the Chino Valley Unified School District to serve as a split elementary school assistant principal for one year before being given the opportunity to be the principal at Country Springs Elementary for four years.  I am now excited about being a Newman Knight!

I feel fortunate to be joining this school culture where the focus is student centered, a commitment to high expectations, innovation, and collaboration. It is my intention to carry on these important traditions and practices. I have heard fabulous things about the students, parents, community members, and staff at Newman and I am looking forward to building positive relationships focused on your child’s success.  Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have an important role to encourage our children to become active learners.  It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society.

Through a close collegial partnership with everyone associated with Newman, I am confident we will continue the rich history of excellence as Newman Knights!



Luke Hackney


Newman Elementary: "Learning is for All, and All are for Learning!"