About Us

Located in the home of HonFest and Hairspray, Hampden Elementary/Middle School has served as the community’s neighborhood school since 1914. Hampden EMS serves an incredibly diverse population and has a rich, proud history of leveraging neighborhood support to supporting student growth and achievement. Hampden EMS’s motto is “We are inventing the future!”, and the school has anchored itself as one of City Schools’ premier STEM schools. As a result, the students who attend Hampden EMS consistently meets and exceeds the district and state expectations for yearly progress as measured by standardized assessments.

Our Principal

Dr. Katrina Foster currently serves as the principal of Hampden Elementary/Middle School. A native of Baltimore and a proud graduate of Baltimore City Public Schools, Katrina earned her undergraduate degree in English, Writing, and Rhetoric from Pepperdine University. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching, Administration and Supervision Certificate, and Doctorate of Education in Entrepreneurial Leadership from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She served as a high school English teacher, Instructional Support Teacher, and assistant principal before becoming principal. In her eighth year as principal, Katrina has been able to cultivate a positive, learning-focused culture that has produced an increase in student attendance and overall academic achievement. She firmly believes that education is the key to ignite social change, and she is committed to working relentlessly to ensure that all of her students achieve their fullest potential. Dr. Foster lives in Baltimore with her husband Timothy, son TJ, and dog Sophie.

Our Assistant Principal

Dashawne B. Frazier currently serves as the assistant principal of Hampden Elementary/Middle School. Mrs. Frazier is a devoted wife and loving mother to three children. She began her educational career with the Baltimore City Public Schools and has served as an elementary teacher and Educational Associate before becoming an assistant principal. Mrs. Frazier believes that “the time is now and the need is real” to provide every student with high quality, rigorous, standards base instruction in a safe and nurturing environment. Mrs. Frazier holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Morgan State University and a Master’s degree in Teaching from The Johns Hopkins University.

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