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 privileged to be part of the Cedar Lane School community. This school is truly a place of discovery and miracles. I began my time in Howard County Public Schools as a teacher at Cedar Lane School, then inclusion liaison. After some time at a middle school as team leader I returned to the home of the Cedar Lane Bulldogs. Students here are dedicated to academic achievement and creating a community of support through perseverance and a belief in each other's talents. The staff here are dedicated to advancing the knowledge of our students, keeping everyone engaged and adapting to a changing world. I remain determined to maintain heading toward community collaboration, rigorous instruction and lifting our students' voices. We meet the students where they are and take them beyond their dreams. Start with "how". 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

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.

CLS BOE Representative: Kirsten Coombs