Rachel Carson Elementary School

100 Tschiffely Square Rd

Gaithersburg, Maryland





About RCES: 

Established in 1990, we are a ~1,050 student K-5 public elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland.

RCES was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School in 2012.



Principal M. Deneise Hammond

Assistant Principal Randy Aleshevich

Assistant School Administrator Jennifer Seidel


Important Links:

school website

MCPS lunch menu

report an absence

RCES parent resources

Quince Orchard cluster information

About Principal Deneise Hammond

Principal Hammond has worked in the MCPS school system since 2002, as a paraeducator, 2nd and 5th grade teacher, and Assistant School Administrator. Most recently, she served as Principal Intern at a high-performing school, Fox Chapel Elementary, as well as several years as Assistant Principal at Wilson Wims Elementary, another MCPS school with enrollment exceeding 1,000 students. 

She has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from Howard University; a Master’s in Education from University of Maryland, College Park, and a Certificate in Administration from McDaniel College.


"I believe in an open door policy. Please feel free to email me, call me or stop by to say 'Hi' and share a comment or a concern."