About Us

Denise Lancaster

Denise Lancaster Principal Denise_Lancaster@hcpss.org
Welcome to Deep Run Elementary! I am very excited to be starting my seventh year at Deep Run. As I begin my 26th year in Howard County I feel very fortunate to be a member of a dedicated staff and active school community. I am looking forward to working with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's academic success. Along with staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Deep Run by building strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and community partners. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have three children who attended and graduated from Howard County schools. Their education in Howard County served them well. They are now college graduates and are working in their careers of choice: IT, speech-language pathology, and nursing. As a school we pride ourselves in providing a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment while encouraging our students to reach their full academic potential. In addition to academic growth, we want to ensure our students grow in the arts and develop their artistic and musical talents. We also provide an environment where children can develop social and physical fitness skills. Deep Run provides an education where children continually learn and grow while experiencing the world around them. I'm looking forward to getting to know our new families. It's going to be a great school year!

Ashleigh Townsend

Ashleigh Townsend Assistant Principal Ashleigh_Townsend@hcpss.org
Welcome! Bienvenidos! It is a true pleasure to join the Deep Run team this year as an Assistant Principal. I firmly believe that all students deserve to go to a school that inspires and empowers them to excel each and every day. The Deep Run Elementary staff is committed to building genuine relationships with students, families, and community that nurture and support our young learners’ growth and achievement. Together, we will create partnerships that reach beyond the classroom walls to ensure student success and well-being. Over the past 13 years, I have been an educator at both the elementary and middle school level in Montgomery and Howard County Public Schools. I began my career as an instrumental music teacher, and have grown to serve as team leader and most recently leadership intern at Cradlerock Elementary. When I am not at school, I am spending time with my husband Ben and our two daughters Paige (5) and Margot (4 months). I enjoy traveling, listening to and performing music, photography, and playing with my sweet dog Sammy. Please feel free to reach out at any time. Let's have an amazing year!

Jerome Pickens

Jerome Pickens.
Jerome Pickens Assistant Principal Jerome_Pickens@hcpss.org
Hello Deep Run Families! I am honored to serve the Deep Run community. I have been an educator for over 10 years. I started my career in Baltimore County and joined Howard County Public Schools in 2016. I taught 4th and 5th grade at Bryant Woods Elementary as an Instructional Team Leader. More recently, I was the Leadership Intern at Hollifield Station Elementary. I look forward to partnering with you on your child’s education journey. I am committed to ensuring high-quality education and providing opportunities for all students to succeed and close the achievement gap. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy cooking, listening to music, going to concerts, and traveling. I have an open-door policy, please feel free to reach out when needed. I am looking forward to connecting with each and every family!

School Overview

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. At Deep Run Elementary School, we take pride in ensuring that our vision for students provides them with opportunities to be successful and productive citizens. With over 720 students in preschool through fifth grades, and 150 staff members, Deep Run is a busy, vibrant and engaged learning environment in which students flourish, grow and succeed. Our staff values the connections we make with our community, our families and our students. Our instructional practices align with our school system's Strategic Call to Action: Learning and Leading with Equity. They reflect the belief that every student should possess the skills, knowledge, and confidence to positively influence the larger community. 

By working in partnership with our families and community, we help to ensure that Deep Run Elementary School is a place that values family and community engagement. We hope you will take a moment to look at our web site, read about the exciting things taking place daily at our school, and use our web site as a tool for connecting with us. 

Deep Run students are reminded daily of the expectations and responsibilities that come with being a member of the Deep Run school community. Our Deep Run Rangers are engaged, kind, and responsible. It's our expectation that our students demonstrate positive behavior in every school setting and within our community. We hope you will join us in nurturing the development of our students so they become productive members of our community.

Thanks for visiting our website. Feel free to send me a comment or an email at this address: Denise_Lancaster@hcpss.org

Environmental Reports

All environmental reports have been moved to the Indoor Environmental Quality page.

School Profile: Deep Run Elementary School
Fast facts about Deep Run 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 2: Jennifer A Robinson

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.

DRES BOE Representative: Christina Delmont-Small