About Us

Cathleen Lopez

Principal Cassandra Lopez in front of school building
Cathleen Lopez Principal Cathleen_Lopez@hcpss.org
I began my teaching career 23 years ago in the Howard County as a special educator and third and fourth grade teacher at Forest Ridge Elementary. I then taught third and fourth grade before transferring to Atholton Elementary School. While at Atholton, I completed my Administration and Supervision degree and became third grade team leader. In January 2006, I was promoted to Assistant Principal at Jeffers Hill Elementary and transferred to Bellows Spring in 2012. I loved each school I have worked. Each school was different and provided me with learning and growing opportunities. I know we have hard work to do every day, but it is my goal to have a happy, safe, supportive, and engaging school climate. I talk about students demonstrating “grit” behaviors. One of these is showing gratitude. Therefore, I will let you know how grateful I am to have appointed principal at such a great school. The teachers are amazing, the students are engaged, and the families are supportive. I know, together, we will have a successful and fun school year. I am looking forward to learning my students' names and getting to know the families that send us their beautiful children.

Colleen Golden

Colleen Golden Assistant Principal Colleen_Golden@hcpss.org
Greetings Northfield Families! Welcome to Northfield Elementary School--Home of the Roadrunners! I am honored and excited to serve the students and families in our Northfield community for my 4th year as Assistant Principal. At Northfield, you will find 98 staff members dedicated to building relationships, educating, and nurturing nearly 760 young people. As a staff, we are committed to ensuring that each child is engaged in rigorous instruction each day while feeling safe, supported, and valued. Students not only participate in a strong academic program each day, but have daily opportunities to participate in classroom circles, physical activity, and the arts. With a focus on the whole child, the students at Northfield truly receive a world-class education. I look forward to partnering with you to make this your child's best year yet! If you ever have any questions, comments, or feedback, please reach out via email or call the school to speak with me at 410-313-2806. Thank you, Colleen Golden

School Overview



We are the 5th school in Maryland and 31st school nationally to earn this status.

Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum.

The Eco-Schools program was started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was identified by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003.

The Eco-Schools program strives to model environmentally sound practices, provide support for greening the curriculum and enhance science and academic achievement.

Additionally, it works to foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship among youth.

Eco-Schools is currently being implemented in more than 50 countries around the world.

In December 2008, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) was granted Eco-School host status for K-12 schools in the United States.  NWF has presented 30 Green Flag Awards nationally, and 5 Green Flag Awards have very recently been awarded in Maryland.


Community Partnerships

We are fortunate to have the following local businesses and organizations as our community partners.

Brunswick Zone Normandy

Sports Clips, Turf Valley

Uno's Chicago Grill, Long Gate

Chick-Fil-A, Executive Park Drive

Howard County Library, Miller Branch

Howard County General Hospital

Stand-Up HoCo

REV Drill

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Howard County Youth Program Basketball

Subway, Baltimore National Pike

NASA Mathematics Education Partnership Program

First National Bank

First Tee National School Program


Healthy Little Cooks

IO Workshop- Melong Ling

National Security Agency

2016 Let’s Move! Active School

Northfield Elementary School has been honored with the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment.

To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education, physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school, staff involvement and family and community engagement.

LEED Certification

Logo: 2012 LEED Silver Certification

Northfield Elementary School was given a LEED certified Silver Status in 2012.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Northfield 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: Northfield Elementary School
Fast facts about Northfield ES listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.

MSDE Individual School Performance Report
The Individual School Performance Report for each school is provided by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and reflects the school's proficiency levels on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA).

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: Pat Saunderson

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.

NES BOE Representative: Chao Wu