Principal's Message

My name is Russ Macomber and I have been the Principal of George Watkins Elementary for the past fifteen years. I have taught third and fifth grade and have served as an Assistant Elementary Principal in Williamsburg. I am originally from Dartmouth, Massachusetts which is close to Cape Cod. I have lived in Virginia for 30 years but I am still an avid fan of all New England sports. I graduated from Bridgewater State College outside of Boston and spent many days at Fenway Park and Boston Garden. I completed my Master’s in Administration at the College of William and Mary.

My wife Cindy is from Poland, Ohio and is a third-grade teacher in Williamsburg. We have three children, one boy, and two girls. Our son is a police officer in Chesapeake, Virginia, our middle daughter is a Junior at James Madison University, and our youngest is a sophomore in high school.  We like to travel, attend sporting events, work in the yard, and take walks in Colonial Williamsburg.

I have a great interest in collecting New England sports memorabilia, playing and listening to music, and playing all kinds of sports. I have seen incredible growth here in New Kent since I started in this position and I look forward to another successful year here at George Watkins Elementary.  

We have a wonderful staff here at GWES and we constantly strive to keep students engaged in lessons that meet a variety of learning styles that keep students excited about learning. We offer a variety of activities to keep students involved and enthused and have a wonderful and supportive community that surrounds our school. We hope that you enjoy George Watkins Elementary School, and we will work to make your school experience here in New Kent a positive part of your daily life.

Russell A. Macomber, 
Principal, GWES




This is my thirteenth year as Assistant Principal at George W. Watkins Elementary School. I have really enjoyed my time here working with the students, teachers and parents. George Watkins is a wonderful place to learn and grow! Before coming to George Watkins I worked in several different public schools as a teacher for hearing impaired students, a teacher for students with specific learning disabilities, and a reading specialist. I received my undergraduate degree in elementary education and speech and hearing therapy at Old Dominion University. In 1978, I earned a Master of Science in Reading from Old Dominion University and became a trained Reading Recovery teacher in 1996. I graduated from The College of William and Mary with a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision in May, 2001.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my three daughters and four grandchildren. I often read to my grandchildren and take pleasure in watching them learn to read. One of our favorite books is The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. What fun we have reading about how Sylvester McMonkey McBean tricks the Star-Belly Sneetches with his Star-Off and Star-On Machines! When one of my grandsons started first grade, he soon found that learning to read can be very tricky. After working with him on beginning reading skills, I am very excited to see his confidence continue grow and how much he now loves to read! 

The teachers and staff at GWES continue to prove that through dedication and commitment our students can, and do excel. With the increasing demands of high stakes testing and accountability, our students consistently meet the academic challenges set before them. We appreciate everything that our teachers and staff members do to ensure that all of the boys and girls at GWES have the opportunity to grow socially, emotionally, and academically. 

Ms. Patricia Kern, Assistant Principal