About Us

Cathleen Lopez

Cathleen Lopez Principal Cathleen_Lopez@hcpss.org

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 third year as Assistant Principal. At Northfield, you will find 95 staff members dedicated to educating, nurturing, and promoting the success of our nearly 740 students. As a staff, we are committed to ensuring that each child is engaged in rigorous instruction each day while feeling safe and supported. Students not only participate in a strong academic program each day, but have daily opportunities to participate in 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

Mission Statement

We cultivate a vibrant learning community that prepares students to thrive in a dynamic world.

Vision Statement

Every student is inspired to learn and empowered to excel.

  • Goal 1: Students

    Every student achieves academic excellence in an inspiring, engaging, and supportive environment.

  • Goal 2: Staff

    Every staff member is engaged, supported, and successful.

  • Goal 3: Families and the Community

    Families and the community are engaged and supported as partners in education.

  • Goal 4: Organization

    Schools are supported by world-class organizational practices.

We believe in…

  • Achieving excellence in all we do
  • Developing each student’s unique gifts
  • Engaging students in relevant, experiential, and personalized learning
  • Cultivating creative problem solving, critical thinking, and innovation
  • Promoting integrity, civility, and global citizenship
  • Enriching learning by honoring our diversity
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration, trust, and shared responsibility
  • Removing barriers to success



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. 

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: Ananta Hejeebu