I am excited to be working at Laurel Woods Elementary School as the assistant principal. I look forward to a year of learning and building relationships with students, staff and the community. Prior to coming to Laurel Woods Elementary, I served as the assistant principal at Guilford, Waverly and Forest Ridge Elementary Schools. As a teacher, I taught grades 1, 2, and 4, as well as a special educator for two years. My love for teaching and learning will be shared with all. Please feel free to stop in and introduce yourself, so we can begin building a collaborative relationship that will benefit you and your child.
LWES – Looking Within Every Student encompasses the essence of our vision statement. Laurel Woods is a community of active learners where staff, families, students and educational partners take responsibility to ensure excellence and success for each student. It is our mission to develop productive and responsible citizens in a positive and challenging environment that accelerates achievement, and encourages enthusiasm for lifelong learning. We focus on the whole child, taking into consideration the personal, cognitive and social dimensions of each child.
Our students benefit from the many programs and resources available within our school. Reading and math support teachers offer continuous assistance to students and staff. Our comprehensive technology program provides students with essential computer skills. The teaching staff provides daily instruction that is specific to individual student needs.
Laurel Woods was selected to pilot the new elementary level World Language Program, which provides students with a semester of instruction in both Spanish and Chinese. Our community has embraced this exceptional opportunity and we recognize that world language instruction will positively impact all facets of the school experience.
Laurel Woods has been recognized by the State of Maryland for our outstanding PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program. PBIS is a school-wide program designed to teach and recognize excellence in student learning and citizenship. We remain committed as a school community to provide our children with the opportunity to excel with academics while learning essential social skills that will lead to success in the years ahead.
Our PTO, community, volunteers and business partners come together to provide a positive, exciting and joy-filled school community. We recognize our responsibility to develop students who are competent with essential skills, able to use information to solve real-world problems and capable of working together in a rapidly changing and diverse world.
What is a PDS?
A Professional Development School (PDS) is a collaboratively planned and implemented partnership for the academic and clinical preparation of interns and the continuous professional development of both school system and institution of higher education (IHE) faculty. The focus of the PDS partnership is improved student performance through research-based teaching and learning. A PDS may involve a single or multiple schools, school systems and IHEs and may take many forms to reflect specific partnership activities and approaches to improving both teacher education and PreK-12 schools.
Laurel Woods Elementary School
Fast facts about Laurel Woods ES listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.
MSDE Individual School
The Individual School Performance Report for each school is provided by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and reflects the school's proficiency levels on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA).
With a focus on instruction as a birth-through-graduation continuum, Community Superintendents better position the school system to support students throughout their entire journey with HCPSS. View community superintendents by regional area.
Community Superintendent Area 1: Marcy Leonard
Howard County public schools are divided into school clusters, which are assigned to individual Board members to facilitate school visitations, attend special events, and provide a point of contact for each school community. View all BOE school cluster assignments.
LWES BOE Representative: Bess Altwerger, Ed.D.