About Us

Paul Owens

Paul Owens Principal paul_owens@hcpss.org
Welcome to Cedar Lane! Our school is a one of a kind learning environment where our motto is "learning is for everyone". Students at Cedar Lane are learning to communicate, participate in academics, become independent movers, and to build relationships with other students on the Fulton campus. I am privileged to lead a staff of teachers, therapists, nurses, and para-professionals who strive to facilitate learning experiences for our students. As a staff, we value communication, compassion, and positivity. These values are integrated into our daily work as well as in our relationships with families. Cedar Lane is proud to have an exceptional PTA and overall parent involvement. We welcome the community to participate throughout the school year in events such as Basket Bingo and our Walk for our Stars fund-raising opportunities. Please check our website for announcements and details about these events. I am looking forward to a productive school year for our students. - Paul S. Owens, Principal

Mel Thompson

Mel Thompson Assistant Principal melissa_thompson@hcpss.org
Greetings! I'm so happy to once again be part of the Cedar Lane School community. This school is a place of discovery and miracles. The staff here are dedicated to advancing the knowledge of our students, keeping everyone engaged and adaptable for a changing world. I've devoted my professional life to the students and staff here and determined to maintain heading toward community collaboration and student voice. Find us on Twitter @hcpss_cls and Facebook CedarLaneFulton

School Overview


The Cedar Lane School staff will work collaboratively to educate students in a respectful, caring, and safe learning environment that will challenge students to reach their potential.


The Mission of the Cedar Lane School is to educate students with special needs in a setting that is respectful of diversity, that fosters growth and development, while respecting the human dignity of all students, allowing each student to develop skills which will enable them to reach optimum levels of functioning and independence.


LIFE - Learning is for Everyone

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.

CLS BOE Representative: Mavis Ellis