Welcome to the Homewood Center! I am honored to be the Principal of Homewood. Our school community is a family and I love each and every one of our students, staff, and their families. Thank you for being a part of our family.
During my fourteen years in the Howard County Public School System, I have worked as an elementary and middle school paraeducator, a high school special educator, high school assistant principal, and now principal. I am a mom to three kids- Brianna, Nicholas, and Jace- who are all familiar faces at Homewood.
Every day we try to promote our core values of relationship, responsibility, and resilience. Our goal is to balance high expectations and rigor with support and love. We are a restorative school community and are always excited to meet new students and their families.
Hello Homewood Community! My name is Shitij Bhatia and I am the Assistant Principal for Gateway’s Middle School Program. I was born in India and came to America when I was 8 years old. I am a Howard County native and proud graduate of Long Reach High School. Go Lightnings! I started my career in education in 2008 as a physical education and health teacher at the Homewood Center. I became an Assistant Principal at Homewood in 2015 At Homewood we grow stronger together through all of the ups and downs of the school year. When students come to our program, we don’t just teach them...we get to KNOW them, and we LOVE them. We understand that in order to teach the student, we have to love and support the child. The students at Homewood aren’t just students, they are family. I am proud to be a part of the Homewood Center, a dynamic alternative community that serves students from all areas of Howard County.
Welcome to the Homewood Center. As the Acting assistant principal of Gateway High I am thrilled to work here with our diverse population of students and the most dedicated staff who always puts our students first! Working alongside the best Admin team in Howard County is an honor and I am excited to help out staff and students reach their full potential. I started working for Howard County in 1997 as a custodian at Waverly Elementary school. My next stop was at MT. Hebron where I served as a para professional in the ED department for the next 10 years. I attended Coppin State University and received my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Special education and Psychology. I began teaching in 2009 at Mt. Hebron as an ALS teacher, I transferred to the Homewood Center as a special education teacher in 2011 and received my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with Administration certification from McDaniel College. I love working with my Homewood family and community and am blessed to be here.
Welcome to the Homewood Family! I am so proud to serve our Homewood Family and our community as the Assistant Principal of the Bridges Program, both the middle and high programs. I have the pleasure of working alongside the most dedicated and passionate staff in the county and am honored to be able to support all students at the Homewood Center. As a “Military Brat” I have lived in many different countries and states but decided to move to Howard County with my husband and both of my boys to live and serve in this amazing community. I have been so lucky to have been a part of the Howard County Public School System since 2005 as a special educator at LKMS, the Homewood Center in the Gateway Program and as a Special Education Resource teacher where I was blessed with the opportunity to learn and grow from colleagues, staff, students, families, and community members from all over our wonderful county. In 2015, I was able to return to my Homewood family as the Assistant Principal for the Bridges Program. My passion is in special education, I am a strong believer and advocate for restorative practices, and have worked to build a collaborative relationship with my students, families and community partners to the academic success, behavior growth and social emotional well-being for all of my students.
The Homewood Center houses three distinct programs, each designed to meet the specific needs of individual students who have difficulty functioning in traditional classroom settings. The building is a state-of-the-art educational facility with a full complement of resources, technology, and teaching supports.
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Community Superintendent Area 1: Marcy Leonard
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HC BOE Representative: Kirsten Coombs