Principal's Message

Meet the Proud Principals of New Kent Elementary School:


Dr. Amy Stamm Principal of New Kent Elementary School
Dear New Kent Elementary Families,

Welcome to the New Kent Elementary School, Home of the River Otters! NKES is a school rich in love and HEARTWORK! There’s no “OTTER” place to be! Collectively, our teachers and staff work together for each student every day. Strong relationships and family partnerships support our school community in reaching its greatest potential.

As your proud principal, it is important that each person who enters our doors feels loved, welcomed, and as excited to be a member of our family as I do. We are excited about all that the dynamic teachers and staff have to offer our River Otters as we grow and learn together each day. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I say “thank you” for entrusting us with your children. Your partnership is vital to your child’s success and we are grateful for each of you! Thank you for making NKES a great place to be!


Amy H. Stamm, Ed.D.


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Dr. Therese O'Dea
Assistant Principal

River Otter Community,

I could not be more excited to introduce myself as the Assistant Principal of New Kent Elementary School. I have been a member of our River Otter family for the past 12 years having served as a general education and special education teacher for Kindergarten through Fifth Grades, and it feels like home to me. I believe strongly in the power and right to an education and am a first-generation college alumna. I earned my bachelor's in Elementary Education from The College of William and Mary, my master's in Special Education from Old Dominion University, a post-master’s in Administration and Supervision from Longwood University, and my doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Educational Leadership. 

I am the proudest mama to my eight year old son Ryan and his three (labrador retriever) siblings. I love to read, go hiking, and spend time on the water; but I am most fulfilled when I am at NKES surrounded by our incredible students and teachers.

Every single student is valued and contributes to our NKES family, and we welcome them into a loving, productive, and limitless community. Dr. Stamm and I look forward to partnering with our River Otter families, and we cannot wait for all of the growth and memories ahead!


Dr. O’Dea Assistant Principal

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