1200 Main Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  

Phone: 240-740-6450    Fax: 301-670-1418

Counseling Office: 240-740-6460
Health Room: 240-740-645



I am deeply honored to serve as the principal of Lakelands Park Middle School.  It is my belief that there is nothing more powerful in education than a caring adult with high expectations. By pairing authentic warmth with a tenacious insistence on challenging ourselves, we can support and motivate all students to reach great heights, heights they may not have even imagined for themselves. Together, we will nurture a caring school community with a strong sense of belonging and high expectations for everyone.

Bachelor’s – The University of New Mexico

Master’s – Johns Hopkins University


This year, as part of her principal internship experience, Dr. Vega-Ormeño will assume the roles and responsibilities of LPMS’ principal during her practicum. Her practicum will occur between October 1st and January 26th when she will assume Mrs. Alvarez’s position. From December 1st to January 26th, Mrs. Alvarez will visit a different school and LPMS will host a visiting principal. 



I am enthusiastic about being Lakelands Park’s Principal Intern for the 2023-2024 school year. This will be my 7th year in MCPS, as I have served Magruder High School as an assistant principal and English Language Development (ELD) resource teacher for a total of three years, as well as Northwest High School as a World Language teacher. Prior to joining MCPS, I served Baltimore City Public Schools as a World Language teacher. As an Afro-Latina, former English Learner, and product of MCPS, I look forward to collaborating with community stakeholders, families, and students and utilizing my strengths in anti-bias anti-racist strategies, restorative justice training, and relationship-building skills. 

Bachelor’s – University of Maryland, College Park

Master’s – Johns Hopkins University

Doctorate - Howard University 

Certificate in Equity & Excellence in Education - McDaniel College 



Hello, Falcons! I am grateful for the privilege to be an assistant principal at LPMS and to have the opportunity to meet so many amazing students, staff, and families throughout the school year. I believe in a holistic approach to education where cultural awareness, social inclusivity, strong instruction, and emotional well-being are the foundation of our community. Let's make this year one where everyone feels heard, seen, and successful.

Bachelor’s- Marquette University

Master’s- University of Phoenix

Certificate in Administration- Hood College




I have been in MCPS for more than 25 years and I truly hope that my wide range of experiences will enhance the teaching and learning at LPMS.  I am a huge believer in learning that is personalized, student-centered, and designed to meet the needs of all students.  In this vision for instruction, I see skilled teachers utilizing technology, student voice, student choice, and culturally relevant instructional practices.  I look forward to collaborating with staff, families, and the community to enhance the excellent traditions of LPMS.  

Bachelor’s – Lycoming College

Master’s – McDaniel College