About Us

Brian Wallace

Brian Wallace Principal brian_wallace@hcpss.org
Mr. Wallace has been an educator for 19 years. He began his career in Baltimore County Public Schools as a high school mathematics teacher before coming to HCPSS in 2007 where he taught math and social studies at the Homewood Center. Mr. Wallace has been in school administration for more than a decade, serving in various capacities as a Leadership Intern, Assistant Principal, and Principal. He has worked at Oakland Mills Middle School (2010-2012); Comprehensive Summer School Program (2012); Oakland Mills High School (2012-2020); Thomas Viaduct Middle School (2020-2022); and is now serving in his second year as Principal of Lake Elkhorn Middle School. Over the years Mr. Wallace has been active within the Howard County community as a Youth Minister at Mt. Pisgah AME Church (Columbia, MD) and has served as President of the Howard County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (2008-2010). Mr. Wallace loves working with kids and believes children need trusted adults who care about them as they navigate adolescence to adulthood. He and his wife live in Ellicott City with their two children, who are students in the HCPSS. He is honored to continue to serve at Lake Elkhorn MS and its broader community.

Melissa Mack

Melissa Mack Assistant Principal melissa_mack@hcpss.org
Dr. Mack's journey in education began in Prince George's County, where she taught grades K-3. In 2003, Dr. Mack moved to Howard County and served as a Middle and High School Reading Specialist, Secondary Reading Resource Teacher, and High School English Teacher. In pursuit of her commitment to professional growth, Dr. Mack recently completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Bowie State University. Lake Elkhorn Middle School holds a special place in Dr. Mack's heart, as it was both her home and her children's home for eight years earlier in her career. Returning to the school as Assistant Principal is a joyous reunion for her. She is excited to contribute to Lake Elkhorn's rich legacy of educational equity and work collaboratively with the students, families, and staff to support a nurturing and inclusive learning environment.

Nick Cometa

Nick Cometa Assistant Principal nicholas_cometa@hcpss.org
Mr. Cometa was raised in the Village of Owen Brown. He was a student at Cradlerock Elementary, Lake Elkhorn Middle, and Oakland Mills High School. After graduating from Oakland Mills High, he attended the University of Maryland where he earned his undergraduate degree in Physical Education. He went on to earn his Masters Degree in school leadership and administration from McDaniel University. Mr. Cometa has spent the last 11 years as the health educator, Related Arts team leader, and Beyond Schools Hours Program Coordinator at Mayfield Woods Middle. He is very excited to rejoin the Lake Elkhorn Community!

School Overview


Lake Elkhorn Middle School students are inspired to persevere and empowered to reach their full potential.


As a community school, Lake Elkhorn Middle provides a supportive learning environment, builds positive relationships, and engages students in rigorous instruction to ensure college and career readiness.

School Profile: Lake Elkhorn Middle School
Fast facts about Lake Elkhorn MS 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.

LEMS BOE Representative: Jolene Mosley