About Us

Lisa Smithson

Lisa Smithson Principal lisa_smithson@hcpss.org
As an educator in the Howard County Public School System for over 20 years, I am excited to enter into my second year 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 will continue to collaborate 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.

Alexia Couch

Alexia Couch Assistant Principal alexia_couch@hcpss.org
I am excited to begin my first year here at Murray Hill Middle. This is my 21st year working with middle school students and my fourth year as an Assistant Principal. I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math and Engineering in Howard County, Montgomery County, and in Kentucky. My degrees are in Middle School Education, Technology in Education, and Administration and Supervision. I have high expectations for the scholars at Murray Hill Middle School and I look forward to working with all students and their families to make sure our children excel in their learning! I remind students daily that they can "Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!" When I am not at school you can find me baking, reading, or helping my husband shuttle our two middle school children around to their various activities. My door is always open, please stop by anytime to chat. I look forward to seeing and meeting each of you!

Jennifer Blasko

Jennifer Blasko Assistant Principal jennifer_blasko@hcpss.org
I am thrilled to serve in the role of Assistant Principal at Murray Hill Middle School for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year! I have been a member of the Elkridge Landing Middle School staff for 11 years in various capacities. I began as a temporary employee and soon became a paraeducator, while completing my certification for special education. I worked as a Reading Intervention Teacher, and most recently as an Alternative Education Teacher at ELMS. My passion is helping students learn how to become the best version of themselves. I am trained in restorative practices, trauma informed teaching and behavior deescalation. I have also served the school community as a cultural proficiency liaison, and I just completed my certification for Equity & Excellence in Education. I believe that ALL children are capable of success, and it is my job to support them in getting there. I am looking forward to working with the MHMS community.

School Overview


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School Profile: Murray Hill Middle School
Fast facts about Murray Hill MS 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: Theo Cramer

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: Vicky Cutroneo