About Us

Anne Swartz

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Anne Swartz Principal Anne_Swartz@hcpss.org
Greetings! This is my second year as the proud principal of WLMS and my 30th year to be an HCPSS Educator! I received a BS degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and continued my education by earning a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction at UMCP. Soon afterwards, I returned to school and also hold an Administrator and Supervision Certificate from Johns Hopkins University. My “Top 5” Gallup strengths are Relator, Achiever, Harmony, Individualistic, and Arranger. I pride myself on being a “hands-on” administrator. I will work diligently and collaboratively each day to build relationships with our students, staff, and parents. What is best for students and classrooms remains at the heart of my decision- making. I encourage all parents to keep the lines of communication open with your child's teachers and administration. I have two grown sons, Ben & Daniel, who are HCPSS alumnae. When I'm not at WLMS, I enjoy reading, decorating, playing tennis, and spending time with my husband, Mike, and our Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab named Casey. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact me at: Anne_Swartz@hcpss.org

Denise Young

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Denise Young Assistant Principal denise_young@hcpss.org
I am very excited and proud to be an Assistant Principal at Wilde Lake Middle School. I look forward to supporting the dedicated staff and partnering with the school community to provide the best learning opportunities for our students. This will be my first year at Wilde Lake, and my 12th year in Howard County. Previously, I was a science teacher and on the leadership team at Elkridge Landing Middle School. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University, my Masters degree in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and my certification in School Administration and Supervision from McDaniel College. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 4-year old son, trying new foods, and running. This year we will be moving into our new net-zero energy building and I am thrilled about the great educational experiences that await us. This will be an exciting school year!

Alexia Couch

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Alexia Couch Assistant Principal Alexia_Couch@hcpss.org
I am excited to begin my second year here at Wilde Lake Middle. This is my 19th year working with middle school students. I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math and Engineering in Howard County, Montgomery County, and in Kentucky. My degrees are in Middle School Education, Technology in Education, and Administration and Supervision. I have high expectations for the scholars at Wilde Lake Middle School and I look forward to continuing to work with all students and their families to make sure our children excel in their learning while they are here! I remind the students daily that they can "Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!" When I am not at school you can find me baking, reading, or helping my husband shuttle our two children around to their various activities. I also enjoy playing tennis and singing. My door is always open, please stop by anytime to chat. I look forward to seeing and meeting each of you!

James McVey

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James McVey Administration Intern James_McVey@hcpss.org
I am excited to be joining the Wilde Lake Middle School community this year! This will be my 10th year in the Howard County Public School system. Most recently I was an 8th grade United States History teacher at Mayfield Woods Middle School, and previously a 7th grade World Cultures teacher at Patuxent Valley Middle School. I have my Bachelors Degree in both Education and History from the University of Maryland. Go Terps! I also earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Administration from McDaniel College. I am looking forward to working along side and supporting our staff in providing our students with a wonderful experience at Wilde Lake. I believe in building relationships with our students, staff, and parents. Through these relationships I hope to earn the trust of our community. I hold high expectations for student achievement and working to see that our students reach their goals. My top five strengths are Futuristic, Individualization, Learner, Relator, and Significance. This is going to be an exciting year for our students and staff as we prepare to move into our new school! Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my wife and our 18-month old son, Henry. I also enjoy training for triathlons, cooking, being at the beach, and watching the Capitals. I am looking forward to meeting and working with our students!

The New, Net Zero Wilde Lake Middle School

Set to be complete in January 2017, the new Wilde Lake Middle School will be the first net zero energy school in Maryland. A net zero energy building generates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year as a result of building system efficiencies and on-site renewable energy sources, such as solar power. The new Wilde Lake Middle School is positioned to be the most energy conscious and efficient school in the state, furthering HCPSS’ commitment to environmental sustainability as a support for healthy learning environments.

Learn more about the unique environmental aspects of the school.

School Overview

Wilde Lake Middle is located in Columbia, Maryland. Wilde Lake Middle was opened in 1969, renovated in 1974 and again in 1998. During the summer of 2009, Wilde Lake Middle went through minor renovations receiving fresh paint inside and out and a few more walls to close off the open spaces. A new building is currently in development.  Wilde Lake Middle School has a diverse student population and faculty consisting of 543 students and 86 faculty members. The Wilde Lake community is a very active and supportive community, and we are proud of our strong and supportive PTSA and the many business 
partnerships that we have established.


Wilde Lake Middle School staff, students, families, and community will work together to create a supportive and intellectually stimulating school environment for all. We will achieve academic excellence, demonstrate cultural sensitivity, provide service to our community and develop the skills of life long learning. 


The mission of the WLMS community is to prepare students for college and career readiness in an environment that values responsibility, respect, readiness, and safety. Our students will prepare for their futures by: 

  • utilizing cognitive strategies
  • applying key content knowledge
  • demostrating academic behaviors
  • selecting and using appropriate technology tools to enhance learning
  • developing positive relationships

Our School's Goals:

  • Goal 1: Students will actively participate in rigorous lessons using analytical reasoning and creative problem-solving to promote reading, writing and mathematical skills.  
  • Goal 2: Students will acquire knowledge from the Maryland Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards that will empower them to make connections and adapt to a myriad of situations.
  • Goal 3: Students will strive for excellence and demonstrate self-control, self-monitoring and advocacy, and collaboration.
  • Goal 4: Students will select and use appropriate technology tools for learning and collaboration.
  • Goal 5: The WLMS community will develop a positive school environment through responsible and respectful interactions.

WLMS is proud to be a “Grow Strong Middle School”! 

This year, WLMS is excited to expand our “Grow Strong” program.  Our overarching goal is to empower staff and students to focus on their strengths to promote higher levels of academic achievement, hope, engagement and well-being.


  • Develop a deeper understanding of their strengths by naming & claiming, aiming their talents.
  • Build stronger teams by aiming strengths


  • Develop a deeper understanding of their strengths by naming, claiming, and aiming their talents.


  • Develop an awareness of & learn how to support their student’s strengths at school & home

For more information on our "Grow Strong" initiatives visit:


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.

WLMS BOE Representative: Kirsten Coombs