School Administration

Nelda Sims

Nelda Sims Principal nelda_sims@hcpss.org
Mrs. Sims graduated from Youngstown State University, majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education. She later received her Masters of Education degree from Loyola University, majoring in Administration and Supervision. She began her career in educations as a Para-professional and later became a Special Education teacher, Instructional Team Leader, Assistant Principal and now Principal. She came to Howard County in 1999 and began her teaching career in Maryland at Wilde Lake High School, where she remained for 12 years. The last 8 years there were spent as an Assistant Principal, and she was transferred to Reservoir High School in 2011, where she remained for 5 years, until she was assigned to Long Reach School for one year, until being promoted as principal to return to Reservoir High School. Educational honors, include nominee for Howard County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the year, recipient of Howard County Special Education Citizens Advisory Award and served as a delegate to China on an educational tour, hosted by The College Board and The office of Chinese Language Council International. Mrs. Sims is very excited about returning to Reservoir and working along with the administrators, staff and students to continue the great work which has been established from the its existence! She plans to build on the wonderful relationships previously gained during her 5 year tenure at Reservoir. She has so many fond memories from her time here and is super excited to return as the Principal. She believes in her heart that the future is bright for the entire Reservoir community. When Mrs. Sims is not working or attending Reservoir activities, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling!

Adam Downes

Adam Downes Assistant Principal, A - D Adam_Downes@hcpss.org
Adam Downes attended Towson University where he earned a double major in History and Social Sciences with a track in Secondary Education. He then earned his Graduate Degree from McDaniel College in Administration. Mr. Downes has been a Reservoir Gator his entire educational career. He taught Social Studies for eight years before transitioning into an Assistant Principal. He thoroughly enjoys the learning community that Reservoir High School offers. Mr. Downes has two sons, Hayden and Jackson that keep him on his toes. His wife Rachael is also a proud educator in the county.

Michael Babe

Michael Babe Assistant Principal, E - Lee Michael_Babe@hcpss.org
Mr. Babe attended Towson University and majored in Spanish and went to graduate school at McDaniel College to study Administration. He started his teaching career at Atholton High School where he taught Spanish, coached Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track, and then served as Acting Assistant Principal. As a teacher, Mr. Babe received several honors and won a state championship and Coach of the Year award. Mr. Babe has also served as a Leadership Intern at Howard High School and is now excited to be a Gator. When not at work, Mr. Babe enjoys running, home improvement projects, the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, and spending time with his wife and son.

Mathias Bama

Mathias Bama Assistant Principal, Lf - Ro Mathias_Bama@hcpss.org
Coming from Oakland Mills High School and Mt. Hebron High School where Dr. Bama had served as assistant principal for over thirteen years, Dr. Bama is eternally grateful for the warm welcome from the outstanding students, staff, and families of this awesome school. Dr. Bama believes that every student can learn and that each student has within them what it takes to achieve at high levels. He notes that faculty and staff are the catalysts for academic excellence. Dr. Bama is passionate about setting high expectations and standards for student success and facilitating the educational achievement of our young people. He is committed to removing all barriers that impede the academic success of students. The educational mission for Dr. Bama began in 1985 in the country of Cameroon where Dr. Bama taught English to junior high and senior high school students for many years. He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Yaounde University, Yaounde, Cameroon; a Master of Public Administration Degree from Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and a Doctorate in Education, Urban Education Leadership Degree from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Bama has served on several Howard County-wide Committees such as the School Discipline Policy Committee, the World language Committee, and the Interview Committee. In addition to his service in school administration, Dr. Bama served for ten years as a member of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals’ (M.A.S.S.P) Assistant Principals’ Conference Planning Committee. Dr. Bama was elected Conference Chairman in 2005 and served in that role until 2009. For his service to M.A.S.S.P, he was awarded the 2009 M.A.S.S.P Service Award for outstanding leadership, service, and dedication. Dr. Bama is married and has four children including two in college. He loves reading, sightseeing, volunteering, and athletics.

Sherri L Levy

Sherri L Levy Assistant Principal, Rp - Z sherri_levy@hcpss.org
Ms. Levy is a native to Maryland and graduated from Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has earned degrees at University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Stevenson University, and Towson University. Ms. Levy worked at Waverly Elementary School as a Substitute Teacher, Instructional Assistant and Teacher's Secretary. After obtaining a Masters Degree in Instructional Systems Design, Ms. Levy acquired a position as a Social Studies Teacher and Teacher Development Liaison at Centennial High School where she worked for 16 years. While working at Centennial High School, Ms. Levy taught U.S. History, Government and Politics and Psychology. Ms. Levy is passionate about helping students and staff grow to their fullest potential and works closely with Administration in providing staff development, supporting new technology initiatives, helping to strengthen staff and student relationships and building the School Improvement Plan. When Ms. Levy is not working she spends her free time playing with her grandson, painting furniture, reading, bike riding at the beach, and hanging out with her dog Mudge.

Josh Sullivan

Josh Sullivan Activities and Athletics Manager josh_sullivan@hcpss.org
Mr. Sullivan is a product of the Howard County School System. He attended West Friendship Elementary School, Mount View Middle School, and graduated from River Hill High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Elon University. Upon graduation, he began his professional career at Reservoir High School as a long-term substitute teacher and Paraeducator. After being hired as a Special Educator, Mr. Sullivan obtained his Masters degree from Towson University and completed his Administrative and Supervision Certificate from McDaniel College. Reservoir High School is where Mr. Sullivan has taught and coached for his professional career. Throughout his time at Reservoir High School, he taught Special Education courses, English, Social Studies, and a Teacher Academy course. As an educator at Reservoir High School, Mr. Sullivan also served as a coach for Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Boys Basketball, and Baseball. He has worked with both JV and Varsity programs as a role of assistant, and as a head coach. Mr. Sullivan’s teams were very successful, winning multiple county and regional championships, as well as a state championship in Girls Soccer and Baseball. Mr. Sullivan was named Maryland State Coach of the year in 2010 by the Baltimore Sun and Varsity Sports Network for Girls Soccer. 2017 marks Mr. Sullivan’s 3rd year as Athletic and Activities Manager for Reservoir High School. He is excited to start his 14th year at the High School, and continue the success that the school teams, music programs, and fine arts have garnered. As he works with all of Reservoir’s extracurricular activities, you will see Mr. Sullivan most evenings at the events occurring at the school. He currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He is a big sports fan and loves walking to Camden Yards and watching his O’s win, as well as cheering on the Terps during basketball season!