About Us

Nigel LaRoche

Nigel LaRoche Principal Nigel_Laroche@hcpss.org
Welcome to Dayton Oaks Elementary School!  I am so proud to be the principal of Dayton Oaks Elementary School.  My career has included over 20 years in education, including eight years in the classroom, and nine years as a behavior specialist, with the HCPSS Department of Special Education.  Most recently, I served as the assistant principal at Waterloo Elementary School, for five years.  I received my bachelor's degree from Wolverhampton Polytechnic, England, and my master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.  My focus is to help all students at our school grow and learn, in a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment. Our caring and compassionate teachers are committed to helping all students at our school grow and learn.  This student success is further reinforced when teachers and families all work together. We hope families feel supported, and we welcome your engagement in your child's education this year!

Heather Tracy

Heather Tracy Assistant Principal heather_tracy@hcpss.org
This is Ms. Tracy's 4th year as Assistant Principal at Dayton Oaks. Heather Tracy has worked as an Elementary School Counselor in Anne Arundel County Public Schools since 2000. In addition, Ms. Tracy has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at a private practice, working with children ages 12 and under. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University. When away from school, Ms. Tracy enjoys reading, music, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

School Overview

School Mission Statement
The Dayton Oaks School Community will provide a safe, nurturing environment that fosters individual potential through academic excellence, appreciation of diversity, and commitment to life-long learning.  

School Motto
Be Dependable, Involved & Organized, Very Respectful, & Effort

School Vision

Every student is engaged and inspired in a rigorous and empowering environment, in order to develop a love of learning, discover strengths, and excel in all endeavors.

School Profile: Dayton Oaks Elementary School
Fast facts about Dayton Oaks 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 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.

DOES BOE Representative: Mavis Ellis