River Hill High School

2012 National Gold Council of Excellence icon and link to websitegreen school ribbon award

Principal – Robert Motley

12101 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Clarksville, MD 21029 (Google map)


410-313-7406, fax

Niche.com Award - #1 Best Public High School in Baltimore Area

2018 Niche Best Schools

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River Hill's Administrative Team

Robert Motley, Principal- Robert_Motley@hcpss.org

Robert A. Motley enters his eighteenth year as principal and his FIRST year at River Hill  High School. He began his educational career as a French teacher twenty years ago at Atholton High School and has taught at both the middle and high school levels. His administrative career includes assistant principal at Howard and Centennial High Schools and principal at Patuxent Valley Middle, Glenwood Middle, and Atholton High Schools. His undergraduate degree was earned in French Language and Foreign Language Secondary Education at the University of Maryland-College Park. His Master's degree was earned at The George Washington University in Elementary and Secondary Educational Administration and Supervision. He is seeking his Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership at Notre Dame Maryland University. Additionally, Mr. Motley served as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) President in 2021. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA). Additionally, Mr. Motley serves as the Howard County Association of Supervisors and Administrators (HCASA) president. Most importantly, Mr. Motley strongly believes in fostering positive relationships with students, parents, and staff. He is an ardent proponent of elevating student voice and making school a place where all students are successful. 

Jimmy Creighton, Athletic and Activities Manager- James_Creighton@hcpss.org

Jimmy Creighton enters his third year as Athletics and Activities Manager at River Hill High School.  He began his educational career as a physical education teacher at Huntington High School in Long Island, NY (2007-2010).  He also coached football, basketball & lacrosse during his tenure there. He moved to Maryland in 2010, taking a physical education position at Howard High School.  He spent eleven years at Howard, serving as the varsity head boys lacrosse coach, winning a state championship in 2015. He served as instructional team leader for five years at Howard as well. His undergraduate degree was earned in physical education at Salisbury University, where he earned four varsity letters on the men's lacrosse team.  He was a part of four national championship teams at Salisbury (3 as a player, 1 as an asst. coach). He earned his Master's degree in education from Salisbury University.  He has served as the U.S.A. Lacrosse chairperson for Howard County lacrosse coaches and the county representative for the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association. Mr. Creighton is an advocate of athletics & activities and is a firm believer that participation in them plays an important role in shaping one's success in the classroom and later on in life.  He has a passion for leadership through athletics/activities.

Rick Robb, Assistant Principal- Rick_Robb@hcpss.org

Rick Robb’s background includes spending thirteen years in information technology working at companies like Ernst and Young, Proctor and Gamble, and numerous state and county governments.  Soon after, he began working with youth in the juvenile and rehabilitation centers in Ohio and Maryland. Upon receiving his English / Education degree, he started his teaching career in Prince George’s County at Kettering Middle School, Duval High School, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  In 2000, Mr. Robb transferred to the Howard County School System where he taught English at River Hill High School for eleven years.  He also coached tennis at Roosevelt for five years and River Hill for two years. He acquired his Masters in School Counseling and became Principal of Howard County’s Evening School for seven years and Howard County’s Comprehensive Summer School program for ten years. He was Assistant Principal at Long Reach High School and Marriotts Ridge High School, and the Administrator for the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL).  Recently, Mr. Robb has been the Principal of Patuxent Valley Middle School for seven years. He also served on the OhanaHC for three years; and, he is a graduate of Leadership Howard County (Class of 2017). Mr. Robb is a strong proponent for real-world preparedness for students as they move though their K-12 experience.

Kareem Penn, Assistant Principal- Kareem_Penn@hcpss.org

Kareem Penn begins his third year as an assistant principal here at River high school, Mr. Penn has served as Athletics and Activities Manager and Social Studies Teacher at Wilde Lake for 13 years. Since joining Wilde Lake in 2008, Mr.  Penn has taught American Government, Political Science, and AP Government. Mr. Penn served as acting ITL for social studies, a varsity baseball head coach, and an assistant football coach for ten years. He has sponsored Alpha Achievers, and Rho Kappa, a social studies national honor society. He was named Wilde Lake Senior Teacher of the Year in 2014 and 2017 and earned the WaringMitchell Law Society community service award in 2015. In 2018 he was promoted to Athletics and Activities Manager at Wilde Lake, where he led an athletic department that experienced a regional finalist in baseball and football,  regional champions in boys soccer, girls soccer, and boys basketball. A state finalist in girls soccer and a state champion in boys soccer. Along with several state finalists in wrestling and indoor track. While serving as AAM, he helped create space and opportunities for student voice, collaboration, and leadership. In addition to his work at Wilde Lake, he has served as an administrator in the Howard County public school systems Black Student Achievement Summer Institute Program from 2011-2018. My goal is to bring the same passion and dedication to the students, staff, families, and community of River Hill high school.  Mr. Penn is originally from NY and is a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Allison Volinsky, Assistant Principal- Allison_Volinsky@hcpss.org

Allison Volinsky is entering year 17 with HCPSS and is excited to join RHHS in 2023.  She was part of the Administrative team at Atholton High and Howard High School.  Before becoming an Assistant Principal, Ms. Volinsky was an English teacher at Wilde Lake High for 14 years.  She is from Central New York and graduated from University at Buffalo with a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters in Education.  She taught outside of Rochester, NY before moving to Maryland in 2007.  Reading is still her favorite hobby and she enjoys talking about novels with students.  She is a Buffalo Bills fan and travels to see one home game every year.  She loves to read and has many favorite books!  Mrs. Volinsky also loves to travel and spend time with her family.  She has two sons who attend Howard County Public Schools.



School Profile: River Hill High School
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MSDE School Report Card
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Community Superintendent

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Community Superintendent Area 1: Patrick Saunderson

Board of Education Representative

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RHHS BOE Representative: Dr.Linfeng Chen