Mr. Newell grew in Southern California in Walnut Creek. He attended California State University, Long Beach for his undergraduate work and stayed in Southern California. He completed his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Argosy University. He began his teaching career in Compton before coming to Pasadena Unified in 2005. He has taught grades 3 - 6. He enjoys gardening and is the President of the food bank at his church.