About Us

Ernesto Diaz

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Ernesto Diaz Principal ernesto_diaz@hcpss.org
Welcome to Stevens Forest Elementary School! I am delighted to be the principal at one of Howard County’s most beloved schools, and it is my distinct privilege to partner with you in the education of your child. I am grateful to be surrounded by such motivated, intelligent, and caring staff members who work very hard to meet and exceed student needs. In my 20 years of experience with the Howard County Public School System, I have served as an elementary and middle school teacher and school-based administrator. In addition, I was the Manager of Teacher Recruiting and Hiring and Director of Staff Relations prior to my appointment as principal. I firmly believe that family involvement in a child's education is of vital importance especially when one considers that parents and families serve as the child's first and most important teacher. Meaningful and engaging family-school partnerships have a profound impact on a child's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. I invite you to become an active member of our learning community. Again, I am thrilled to serve as the principal of this wonderful school.

Tracey Albright

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Tracey Albright Assistant Principal Tracey_Albright@hcpss.org
Hello Stevens Forest Community. I am so excited to begin my fourth year as an Assistant Principal here at Stevens Forest Elementary School. Since I learned I would be transferring, I have heard so many positive comments about the supportive and positive community that surrounds the school. Prior to arriving here, I spent two years as the Assistant Principal at Hollifield Station Elementary School and one year at Bellows Spring Elementary School. I bring with me the experiences I gained from each school and through my interactions with staff, students and parents. Ensuring that students and families are a vital part of the school is important to me. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you and hope you will introduce yourself to me the next time you are up at the school.

School Overview

Mission Statement

Through excellence in teaching, our mission is to establish and maintain a Safe, Fun, Enriching & Stimulating (SFES) learning environment that creates world-class students who are college and career ready.

  • Goal 1: Every student achieves academic excellence in an inspiring, engaging and supportive environment.
  • Goal 2: Every staff member is engaged, supported, and successful.
  • Goal 3: Families and the community are engaged and supported as partners in education.
  • Goal 4: Schools are supported by world-class organizational practices.

Vision Statement

Stevens Forest ES provides the highest quality education to every student in a safe and nurturing learning environment while preparing our students to be lifelong learners who can achieve excellence and become contributing citizens in a globally competitive world.

School Motto

Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be Ready.

School Mascot

Bobcat

School Colors

Blue & White

SFES HANDBOOK - 2016-2017

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement Policy

The Howard County Board of Education believes that the education of children is a responsibility shared by parents, families, the school system, and the community.  The Board recognizes the parent as the child's first and lifelong teacher and that it is essential to involve parents in educational decisions as caring advocates for their children.  The Board encourages collaboration with parents and the community as participants in school governance and as active partners in forwarding the school system's goals and philosophy.  To learn more, read the entire policy at http://www.hcpss.org/board/policies/10000.pdf

Parent, Family & Community Involvement Resources

PDF iconParent Family Comm Involv 2014-2015.pdf

PDF iconSpanish Parent Family Comm Involv. 2014-2015.pdf

PDF iconFrequently Asked Questions.pdf

PDF iconSpanish Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

LEED Certification

Logo: 2014 LEED Silver Certification

Stevens Forest Elementary School was given a LEED certified Silver Status in 2014.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Stevens Forest Elementary School is among a small percentage of Howard County and Maryland schools to have earned LEED certification, which recognizes a commitment to environmental sustainability. 

Board of Education Representative

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.

SFES BOE Representative: Bess Altwerger, Ed.D.