About Us

Mrs. Elizabeth Yankle - Principal

Elizabeth Yankle Principal Elizabeth_Yankle@hcpss.org
I began my teaching career 23 years ago at Centennial Lane Elementary where I taught first grade. In 1997 I had the opportunity to open Fulton Elementary School where I taught first and second grades. After receiving my Masters in Reading I became a reading specialist and reading support teacher at Guildford, Stevens Forest, and Rockburn Elementary Schools. I was promoted to assistant principal at Bryant Woods Elementary School in 2012 and then most recently at Clemens Crossing Elementary School where I spent the past four and a half years. I am beyond excited to be returning to Rockburn Elementary School as your Principal! I am looking forward to working with the staff, students, families, and community to build a positive and nurturing learning environment for all. A little bit about me: I love to spend time with my husband, Brian, my two children Nick (14- Freshman at Howard High) and Zach (13- 8th grade at Bonnie Branch), and our dog, Charlie! I am an avid runner (you can find me running through the Rockburn neighborhoods on a daily basis). I have run 28 marathons. I also love to spend time at the beach, relaxing and reading a book! The beach is definitely my happy place! I am excited for this year and can’t wait to meet all the families! Be on the lookout for more opportunities to meet us! Please feel free to contact me at anytime, my door is always open. Ms. Martin and I are excited to be on this adventure together. Feel free to email me at elizabeth_yankle@hcpss.org

Ms. Melisha Martin - Assistant Prinicpal

Melisha Martin Assistant Principal Melisha_Martin@hcpss.org
Time flies when you have the opportunity to do something you love each and every day! This year marks my 20th as an educator in the Howard County Public School System. I started my teaching career in 1998 at Talbott Springs Elementary School where I taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, and served as a Title I teacher. When Ducketts Lane Elementary School opened its doors in 2013, I taught 4th grade for one year before I was promoted to assistant principal at Veterans Elementary School the following year. I now look forward to bringing the skills, passions, and experiences I’ve acquired over the years to Rockburn Elementary School as your assistant principal for the 2018-2019 school year! When I’m not working, I enjoy going on road trips with my daughter (18) and son (13). Our goal is to visit all 50 states! Some of my other hobbies include going on nature walks, cooking/baking, and reading non-fiction. I can’t wait to get to know the students, staff, and families that make up this awesome school community and for you to get to know me! Please feel free to stop by and say “hello” or send me an email at melisha_martin@hcpss.org.

School Overview

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School History:

Earl Slacum and Diane Mumford cutting the Ribbon in August of 1993.

The school was designed to house six instructional pods, four kindergarten instructional areas, and a special education regional early childhood center. The program capacity for Rockburn Elementary was approximately 650 students. Spaces to serve Recreation and Parks services were incorporated into the design to allow evening and after hours use of the school. Rockburn opened with approximately 400 students. An addition to the building was completed in 2004. Another addition was completed in 2007.
The following people have been or are currently the administrators at Rockburn Elementary School.
Earl Slacum
Ruth Heath
Susan Goglia
Heidi Balter
Lauren Bauer
Elizabeth Yankle
Assistant Principals
Diane Mumford
Deborah Jagoda
Heidi Balter
Pat Shifflett
Leslie Brickner
Melisha Martin
Rockburn's Rainbow Representatives:
Kelly Brasel
Diana Bennett
Emily Ingalls
The Rockburn Web Site was originally designed by Beth and Samantha, two fifth graders during the 1996 - 1997 school year. It was maintained monthly by Ronnie and Nichole the next year and Josh and Shivani the year after that, all in the fifth grade. Since then, it has been maintained by Sam Polack.
In January of 2008, the website was revamped to fit in with newly established county guidelines regarding appearance. Below is a screen shot of the old site the day before the new look began.
In June of 2014, the website was revamped to fit in yet again with newly established county guidelines regarding appearance. Below is a screen shot of the old site several days before the new look began.

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

MSDE School Report Card
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) School Report Card reflects overall school performance using a combination of academic and school quality indicators.

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: Jennifer A Robinson

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.

RES BOE Representative: Dr. Linfeng Chen