We have the best of the best right here in North Laurel. Hammond Elementary School Principal Kimberlyn Pratesi has been named the 2018 Principal of the Year by Howard County Public Schools. Pratesi has served HCPSS students for 27 years as a teacher, instructional team leader and assistant principal. She has been the principal of Hammond Elementary School since 2013. According to hcpss.org Pratesi creates “an atmosphere of engagement, positivity and inclusiveness among staff, students, parents and the community. She provides a safe, nurturing learning environment and has developed strategies to improve academic outcomes for students”.