About Us

Ernesto Diaz

Ernesto Diaz Principal ernesto_diaz@hcpss.org 410-313-2524
I am delighted to introduce myself as the new principal of Ilchester Elementary School (IES), and it is my distinct privilege to partner with you in the education of your child. I am grateful to be surrounded by such motivated and caring staff members who work very hard to meet and exceed student needs. In my nearly 25 years of experience with the Howard County Public School System, I have served as an elementary and middle school teacher and school-based administrator. In addition, I was the Manager of Teacher Recruiting and Hiring and Director of Staff Relations prior to my appointment as principal at Stevens Forest Elementary School in 2014. Along with Dr. Carr and our entire staff, we will work hard to continue the legacy of success at IES by fostering an inclusive environment that promotes collaborative relationships with families, students, staff, and community members. I strongly believe in the IES vision statement, "...to create life-long learners who possess the skills, confidence, and knowledge to meet the challenges that they face today and beyond." I firmly believe that family involvement in a child's education is of vital importance especially when one considers that parents and families serve as the child's first and most important teacher. Meaningful and engaging family-school partnerships have a profound impact on a child's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. I invite you to become an active member of our learning community. Again, I am thrilled to serve as the principal of this wonderful school.

Dr. Mariah Carr

Dr. Mariah Carr Assistant Principal Mariah_Carr@hcpss.org
Dr. Mariah Carr, comes to us from Waterloo Elementary School in Howard County where she was most recently the Reading Specialist. She has a total of 16 years in education, with 8 years in the Howard County Public School System.

School Overview


It is our vision to create life-long learners who possess the skills, confidence, and knowledge to meet the challenges that they face today and beyond!


The mission of Ilchester Elementary School is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment that meets the academic needs of all of our learners, as we strive to inspire and guide students to become caring, responsible, independent, and productive members of our diverse community.

School Profile: Ilchester Elementary School
Fast facts about Ilchester ES listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.

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 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.

IES BOE Representative: Jennifer Mallo