About Us

Cynthia B. Dillon

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Cynthia B. Dillon Principal CDillon@hcpss.org
Cynthia Dillon is proud to begin her sixth year in service to the school community of Patapsco Middle. She has been an educator with the Howard County Public School System for over twenty years; working as a school-based administrator for fifteen of those years. Mrs. Dillon holds a Masters of Education in Supervision and Administration from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Recently, Mrs. Dillon served as a Principal Leader working on the development of a program to promote National Board Certification for Principals. Mrs. Dillon is a resident of Howard County, where she lives in Ellicott City with her husband and three children.

Tracey Ryan

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Tracey Ryan Assistant Principal Tracey_Ryan@hcpss.org
Tracey Ryan is honored to begin her fifth year as Assistant Principal in the community of Patapsco Middle. She has been an educator for over twenty-five years; working in Prince George's County as a School Improvement Specialist and Howard County as a G/T Resource Teacher and then Assistant Principal at Lake Elkhorn Middle. Mrs. Ryan holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg, PA. Mrs. Ryan and her husband recently moved to Laurel, Maryland. They have three children all who are graduates of Howard County Public Schools.

School Overview

At Patapsco Middle School, we inspire all students to become life-long learners and responsible citizens. 

Our Mission is To:

  • Provide meaningful and challenging instruction
  • Cultivate critical thinking and independence
  • Foster a physically and intellectually safe environment
  • Promote responsible citizenship in a diverse world

Staff Hours:  7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Student Hours:

  • Doors Open 8:00 a.m.
  • Classes Begin 8:05 a.m.
  • Dismissal 2:50 p.m.


  • "Excellence is Our Tradition"
  • "The Knight Way is the Right Way"

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.

PMS BOE Representative: Ananta Hejeebu