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Atholton High School

Atholton's Administrative Team

Robert Motley, Principal – Robert_Motley@hcpss.org

Robert A. Motley enters his thirteenth year as principal and his first year at Atholton High School (as principal). He began his educational career as a French teacher twenty years ago at Atholton and has taught at both the middle and high school levels. His administrative career includes assistant principal at Howard and Centennial High Schools and principal at Patuxent Valley and Glenwood Middle Schools. He is thrilled to return to Atholton! In 2006, Mr. Motley was recognized as the Maryland State Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). His undergraduate degree was earned at the University of Maryland-College Park in French Language and Foreign Language Secondary Education. His Master's degree was earned at The George Washington University in Elementary and Secondary Educational Administration and Supervision. He is currently seeking his Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership at Notre Dame Maryland University. Additionally, Mr. Motley was appointed to a four-year term (2015 – 2019) on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries. As a member of the NASSP Board of Directors, he will participate in shaping the organization's federal education policy agenda that advocates for the needs of secondary schools and their students. He will also travel to Washington, D.C., periodically to meet with fellow board members and with national figures and federal education policymakers. Most importantly, Mr. Motley strongly believes in fostering positive relationships with students, parents and staff. He is an ardent proponent of elevating student voice and making school a place where all students are successful.


Adrienne B. Nasir, Assistant Principal – Adrienne_Nasir@hcpss.org

Adrienne Nasir is in her 10th year as Assistant Principal of Atholton High School and 22nd year serving the Howard County Public School system. She began her educational career teaching math at Laurel High School and then shortly after moving into Howard County teaching at Long Reach High School. She graduated from Spelman College, in Atlanta, GA, with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. In addition, she earned a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University. She has served on numerous county committees including the Calendar Committee and currently serves on the Chief Business and Technology Advisory Committee. Ms. Nasir believes cultivating relationships helps ensure students achieve their goals to the best of their ability. She believes contributing to the school community creates natural positive relationships between the home and the school.

Samuel A. Richman, Assistant Principal – Samuel_Richman@hcpss.org

Mr. Richman is entering his 28th year in education this year. Mr. Richman received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He then attended Towson State University where he received a Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) degree. His teaching career began at Deer Park Middle School in Baltimore County. After 12 years in Baltimore County he came to Howard County to teach Math and Science at Oakland Mills. From there he moved to Hammond High School as an Assistant Principal and then to Long Reach High School. Mr. Richman is a strong believer in education, as is his wife, Noel, also a Howard County teacher. Their three children all attend Howard County Public Schools. In his off hours, Mr. Richman is a life long Capitals fan and is currently enjoying the Stanley Cup finally being in town.

Lisa Veslany, Assistant Principal – Lisa_Veslany@hcpss.org 

Lisa Veslany is excited to join The Raider Nation! She has been an Assistant Principal for the past sixteen years at three other high schools in the County. Mrs. Veslany began her teaching career in Pennsylvania before moving to Maryland. She was a Special Education Teacher and Instructional Team Leader in Howard County prior to her administrative work. Her Bachelor of Science in Education degree is from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a dual major in Exceptional Children and Elementary Education. In addition, Mrs. Veslany holds a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Maryland. As a teacher, team leader, and administrator, Mrs. Veslany is a proud recipient of three separate SECAC recognitions. She works to build positive relationships between school and home, creates programs that center on equity, access to instruction, and student voice, and believes that a consistent, fair, and responsive approach is the manner necessary to build and gain trust. Go Raiders!

Michael Senisi, Athletics and Activities Manager – Michael_Senisi@hcpss.org

Mike Senisi is the current Athletics and Activities Manager (AAM) at Atholton High School. He has over 24 years of experience with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), including 8 years serving as the AAM at Atholton HS. While working for HCPSS, Mr. Senisi has served in many additional roles including assistant principal at Swansfield Elementary School, Instructional Facilitator for Physical Education, interim Coordinator of Athletics for HCPSS, Adapted Physical Education teacher, and coached soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Mr. Senisi was recognized as a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers by the National Academic Affairs Division as well as the Adidas State Coach of the Year twice. His undergraduate degree was obtained from the State University of New York at Cortland and earned a Masters degree from Oregon State University. Mr. Senisi continued his educational career at The Johns Hopkins University where he received his graduate certificate in School Administration and Supervision. Presently, he holds a Certified Master Athletic Administrator endorsement from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Mr. Senisi recognizes the importance and value of an education-based athletic program as part of the total educational program. He believes that the success of the schools extra-curricular activities programs take collaboration from all stakeholders to best meet the needs of all of our students at AHS.

School Address 

6520 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044 (Google map)

410-313-7065

410-313-7078, fax

School Hours

7:25 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.

School Profile & Performance Report

Atholton High School is an exceptional comprehensive high school, established in 1966, with a committed group of highly qualified staff members who provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum for over 1400 students. Atholton’s academic program is tailored to meet the needs of all students, with courses ranging from Advanced Placement and Gifted and Talented to Special Education options. Course offerings are diversified to meet student interests and include Forensic Science, Computer Programming, Journalism, Photography, Psychology, World Languages, Culinary Science, Calculus, and Jazz Band. Additionally, Atholton’s award-winning Army JROTC program provides leadership and academic skill training for over 200 cadets.

Atholton’s staff members are dedicated to providing an inclusive co-curricular and extracurricular program to meet our students’ diverse needs and interests. We offer after-school academic support programs to help students meet with success in their classes and on the state-mandated High School Assessments. We also offer co-curricular clubs such as the Math Team, National Honor Society, Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement, Future Business Leaders of America, and Drama Club. Students with varied extracurricular interests may choose to participate in clubs such as Best Buddies, Active Minds, Red Cross Club, Students Helping Other People, and a full range of award-winning athletic teams. Atholton High School is proud to be a school where we are Inspiring Excellence Together!

Atholton Fight Song

LEED Certification

Atholton High School was given a LEED certified Gold Status in 2016.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Atholton High School is among a small percentage of Howard County and Maryland schools to have earned LEED certification, which recognizes a commitment to environmental sustainability. 

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.

AHS BOE Representative: Bess Altwerger, Ed.D.

School Profile: Atholton High School
Fast facts about Atholton HS 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 1: Marcy Leonard

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.

AHS BOE Representative: Sandra H. French