Principal's Message

My name is Russ Macomber and I have been the Principal of George Watkins Elementary for the past seventeen years. Prior to taking the administrative position here in New Kent, I taught third grade, fifth grade and was an Assistant Principal in Williamsburg. I am originally from Dartmouth, Massachusetts where my family still resides. I am an avid New England sports fan and graduated from Bridgewater State College in 1987 with a degree in elementary education. I also attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg where I earned a Master’s degree in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership. When not at GWES or working on an educational project, I can be found playing drums with my band the DOG Street Boys, or walking through Colonial Williamsburg. I have three children (one boy and two girls) and am married to Cindy Williams Macomber from Poland, Ohio. 

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. We excitedly look forward to the addition of a third elementary school here in New Kent for school year 2022-2023, as the county continues to grow around us. 

Russell A. Macomber, 
Principal, GWES

Assistant Principal Message


Hello Wildcat Family!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am very excited to introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal at George Watkins Elementary School.  I am positive this is going to be a great year filled with a lot of learning!

I was born and raised in Mathews County, Virginia.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Childhood Psychology along with my teaching certificate in General Education PK-6 at Christopher Newport University.  After spending a couple of years in the classroom at West Point Elementary school I decided to return to college and completed my master’s degree in Special Education.  Most recently I obtained my Education Specialist degree in Education Administration from Old Dominion University.  

I have spent a total of 18 wonderful years in the classroom, teaching both general and special education, for grades kindergarten through fifth.  During this time, I have learned that strong communication between the school and families is key to successful outcomes.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with your questions, I can be reached by phone at (804) 966-9660 or by email at  

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to become a part of your child’s education!  I look forward to working with each of you to make this a successful school year.  

Stephanie Sutton, Assistant Principal
George W. Watkins Elementary School