About Us

Genée A. Varlack, Ed.D.

Genée A. Varlack Principal genee_varlack@hcpss.org Phone: 410-880-5950, Fax: (410) 880-5956
Greetings Forest Ridge! I am excited to partner with you in helping our students succeed on their journey to college and careers. My Name is Genée Varlack, Ed.D. I was born and raised in the United States Virgin Islands, where my roots are secured in a family of learners. Amidst family members who were teachers, professors, a superintendent, or doctors, I was destined to do what I have arrived at Forest Ridge to do. This year marks my 30th year as an educator with the Howard County Public School System! In that time, I have taught at Clemens Crossing Elementary, served as Assistant Principal at St. John's Lane Elementary, and also served as Assistant Principal and Principal at Guilford Elementary. I am a life-long learner and aim to make a difference in the lives of our children. I am excited to partner with you in that journey!

Ivye Pazornik

Ivye Pazornik Assistant Principal ivye_pazornik@hcpss.org Phone: 410-880-5950, Fax: (410) 880-5956
Greetings! I am thrilled to be joining the Forest Ridge team. I look forward to working with Dr. Varlack, the amazing staff, and becoming a member of what I hear is a fantastic school community. This will be my 6th year as an administrator and my 22nd year in Howard County. I began my career at Deep Run Elementary teaching grades 3, 4, and 5 before being promoted to Assistant Principal at Deep Run and Ducketts Lane Elementary School. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and my Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and visiting my parents as often as possible in Naples, FL. I am an avid sports fan and attend as many University of Maryland football and basketball games as possible. I look forward to getting to know the Forest Ridge community, so if you are at the school, please stop in and introduce yourself.

School Overview

  • Main phone: (410) 880-5950
  • Fax: (410) 880-5956

Forest Ridge Elementary

Fast Facts:

  • Slogan: First Steps on the Path to College & Career

  • School Colors: Navy Blue & Yellow

  • School Mascot: Eagle (His name is Eddie!)

  • Student Day: 9:15am - 3:45pm

  • Doors open: 9:00am

  • Dismissal begins at: 3:38pm

Forest Ridge: By the Numbers!

1992- The year Forest Ridge opened its doors to the first group of students. Originally, the school was designed to eventually become a community center in case population growth in the area didn’t reach projections. Instead, population growth in the area has exceeded expectations leading to the need for other schools in the area to be built.


2- The number of additions made by renovating the building since it opened.


710- The current number of students enrolled at FRES


3- The number of staff members that have worked at FRES and continue to serve our students and community since it opened


26- The number of different languages represented by our students and families at FRES.


94- The number of staff members who dedicate each day to ensuring that our students are college and career ready when they leave high school!  


Maryland Green School Portfolio

School Profile: Forest Ridge Elementary School
Fast facts about Forest Ridge 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.

FRES BOE Representative: Kirsten Coombs