About Us

Kathleen Carter

Kathleen Carter Principal kathleen_carter@hcpss.org
Mrs. Katie Carter is the proud principal at Stevens Forest Elementary School. Mrs. Carter has 19 years of experience in education. She began her teaching career in Loudoun County, Virginia then relocated to Maryland where she continued her passion for teaching and learning with the Howard County Public School System. During her career in Howard County, Mrs. Carter has served as an Instructional Team Leader and fifth grade teacher at Stevens Forest Elementary School, Elementary Mathematics Support Teacher at Atholton, Gorman Crossing, Hammond, and Pointers Run Elementary Schools, Assistant Principal at Veterans Elementary School and has most recently served as the Assistant Principal at Stevens Forest Elementary School. Mrs. Carter has two sons, Jameson (12) and Cameron (9). In her free time you will find Mrs. Carter and her husband (who is also a teacher in HCPSS) attending their children’s many sporting events, hiking, or just relaxing with a family movie night. Mrs. Carter looks forward to serving the students, staff, and community of Stevens Forest. Please feel welcome to come to the office, call, or email with questions, comments, or concerns you would like to share.

Casey Schurman, EdD, NBCT

Casey Schurman Assistant Principal casey_schurman@hcpss.org
Dr. Casey Schurman is joining the Stevens Forest community after spending the last 16 years at Bollman Bridge Elementary School. At Bollman Bridge, she had worked as a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade teacher as well as a Title I Interventionist and Special Education Team Leader. Dr. Schurman believes strongly in diversity, equity, and inclusion and completed her doctoral dissertation, at Johns Hopkins University, around building cultural competence with early career teachers. In her free time, Dr. Schurman enjoys spending time with her dog Dozer, volunteering with Tru Rescue, gardening, traveling, and cheering on the Orioles and Ravens. Dr. Schurman is extremely excited to join the Stevens Forest community, so please be sure to say hello and introduce yourself when you see her.

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

At SFES we positively ROAR!

We are Respectful, Organized, Always Safe, & Responsible.

School Mascot


School Colors

Blue & White

SFES Student Handbook

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 icon Parent Family Comm Involv 2014-2015.pdf

PDF icon Spanish Parent Family Comm Involv. 2014-2015.pdf

PDF icon Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

PDF icon Spanish Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

LEED 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. 

School Profile: Stevens Forest Elementary School
Fast facts about Stevens Forest ES listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.

MSDE School Report Card
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) School Report Card reflects overall school performance using a combination of academic and school quality indicators.

Community Superintendent

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 3: Kendra V. Johnson, J.D., Ed.D.

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: Jolene Mosley