Mrs. Underwood is a dedicated educator and administrator with extensive classroom experience, having taught in-person, hybrid, and virtually over the course of her career. Her experience teaching preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school, as well as her time as an adjunct faculty member at Howard Community College, will bring a wealth of knowledge to the OLPH community.
Mrs. Underwood is a woman of strong faith, with a good understanding of our Catholic mission and the vision for Catholic education. She most recently served as the Assistant Principal at Resurrection-St. Paul School in Ellicott City. Prior leadership roles include tenure as Administrative Head for Columbia Academy and Principal of Columbia Academy Elementary School.
In her leadership roles, Mrs. Underwood led and supervised a diverse range of faculty and staff, training teachers in administration and developing policies and procedures to promote a secure learning environment. She organized professional development for school staff and designed programs to meet the academic and social needs of all students.
Mrs. Underwood is eager to learn the traditions of OLPH and continue the excellence of our school community. She is a good listener and has a passion to be available to all faculty and staff, parents and guardians, and the wider OLPH community. It is her hope that the educational experience at OLPH will bring joy to all students.
Mrs. Underwood holds a Master’s in Education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Supervision and Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, NY. Additionally, Mrs. Underwood possesses early childhood, elementary education, Administrator I, and Administrator II MSDE certifications.
We are grateful for all your prayers and insight and for the work of the Principal Search Committee. We are confident that with Mrs. Underwood’s leadership and your support, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School will continue to remain a beacon of learning and faith in Howard County. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.