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Principal's Message

My name is Russ Macomber and I have been the Principal of George Watkins Elementary for the past sixteen 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 31 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 senior at James Madison University, and our youngest is a junior 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