About Us

Melissa Shindel

Melissa Shindel Principal melissa_shindel@hcpss.org
Welcome to Lake Elkhorn Middle School! As the proud principal at Lake Elkhorn it is my honor to serve and work collaboratively with such an outstanding and supportive community of students, staff, parents and families. During my twenty-five years in education, I have worked as a middle school English teacher, project manager, instructional specialist, middle school assistant principal and middle school principal. I came to the Howard County Public School System in 2006 and to Lake Elkhorn Middle School in 2019. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, my husband and I moved to Howard County because of the stellar reputation of our schools. I am proud to serve my local community, have my three children attend schools in HCPSS, and be a part of the tradition of educational excellence here in Howard County. I believe that building relationships with staff, students and the community, while creating and celebrating an inclusive school environment, is key to any school’s pride and success. Further, the collaborative partnership between school administrators, teachers, support staff, students, parents and the community is critical to the academic and developmental success of every child. I value our strong community and welcome each of you to Lake Elkhorn Middle School as an important partner in your child’s education.

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!

Kamille Guinn

Kamille Guinn Assistant Principal kamille_guinn@hcpss.org
Kamille Guinn, a Maryland native, attended Howard County Public Schools for her K-12 education. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School, she continued her education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and English. Ms. Guinn returned to Howard County to teach English at Long Reach High School. During this time, she received a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. with a focus in educational leadership. Her work experience includes being an Assistant Administrator for Howard County’s K-9 Summer Institute and an Academic Dean for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She recently served as Program Leader for Long Reach High School’s Freshman Academy, the first program of its kind in Howard County. Ms. Guinn is thrilled to be an Assistant Principal at Lake Elkhorn Middle School.

Shannon Horoszczak

Shannon Horoszczak Administrative Intern shannon_horoszczak@hcpss.org
Ms. Horoszczak moved to Howard County thirty years ago. One of the reasons she chose Howard County as her family’s home is because of its outstanding school system. Ms. Horoszczak started her teaching career as a therapeutic riding instructor. It was through this experience that she realized the desire to teach in a school setting. She attended Towson University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and English. In addition, Ms. Horoszczak earned her Masters of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Leadership emphasis. She has taught at the Homewood Center and Patapsco Middle School where she served as an English teacher, content and team leader as well as a senior class advisor. Ms. Horoszczak is very excited to join the Lake Elkhorn Middle School 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: Antonia Watts