About Us

Lisa Smithson

Lisa Smithson Principal lisa_smithson@hcpss.org
As I enter my 20th year as an educator in the Howard County Public School System, I am overwhelmingly excited about the opportunity to serve as the Principal of Murray Hill Middle School. I am a product of Howard County Public Schools as I attended Talbott Springs Elementary, Clarksville Middle School, Harper’s Choice Middle School, and I am a proud graduate of Wilde Lake High School. I attended Howard University, in Washington, D.C., where I earned a B.A. in English and my Masters of Education. I am committed to providing an engaging academic environment for all students and building a school community in which the well-being of each and every one of our students is consistently the priority. I look forward to working with the MHMS staff to provide our students with challenging and rigorous academics as well as meaningful experiences to enrich their growth and development. I look forward to all of the staff and students at MHMS stretching themselves to achieve their ultimate potential. Please note, that I can be contacted at lisa_smithson@hcpss.org.

Andrea Harmon

Andrea Harmon Assistant Principal andrea_harmon@hcpss.org
The core of who I am as an educator/administrator is that I have a passion to make a difference in the way young people feel about themselves and to provide opportunities that will put them on a path to not only be a productive citizen, but also allow them to live a life that makes them feel fulfilled. My educational background is as follows: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Bowie State University, Masters of Art in Reading Education at The Ohio State University, and Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision at Johns Hopkins University. I began my teaching career in Worcester and Wicomico County Public Schools on the eastern shore of Maryland, where I was born and raised. There, I taught all core subjects from elementary to middle school grades. Later, my husband, our three children, and I moved to Howard County where I taught English/language arts and was a reading specialist at the middle school level. All of my children are graduates of Howard County Public Schools. Since 2011, I have been the Assistant Principal of Murray Hill Middle School. As I enter my 27th year as an educator, I continue to look forward to a new school year - a chance to better serve the students, staff, and community of The Hill.

Samantha Armstead

Samantha Armstead Leadership Intern samantha_armstead@hcpss.org
I am so thankful for the opportunity to join the Murray Hill Middle School community. Like our Principal, I too am a product of Howard County: I attended St. John’s Lane Elementary, Waverly Elementary, Patapsco Middle, and graduated from Mt. Hebron High. I earned a bachelor’s degree in English Secondary Education from Salisbury University and later pursued a master’s in Administration and Supervision through Johns Hopkins University. My 14 years as a Howard County educator have comprised of teaching English at Oakland Mills High School. As I transition into this new chapter of my career, I very much look forward to working with students, parents, and staff to ensure everyone’s success this year.

School Overview


Responsible. Respectful. Ready. 

School Profile: Murray Hill Middle School
Fast facts about Murray Hill MS 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 1: Marcy Leonard

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.

MHMS BOE Representative: Bess Altwerger, Ed.D.