Title: Assistant Principal
Company: Brandywine High School
Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Dr. Bill O’Hanlon, Ed.D., Assistant Principal at Brandywine High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.
Since 2019, Dr. O’Hanlon has provided superior service as assistant principal of Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware. There, his responsibilities include teacher evaluation, conflict management, student discipline, interacting with stakeholders, referrals for students with special needs, reporting suspicious activity, monitoring and supervision of school facilities, and management of the school’s website.
After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Delaware, Newark in 2008, Dr. O’Hanlon followed with a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania in 2010. He continued his education with a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and administration from Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania in 2021.
Dr. O’Hanlon began his career in education as a school direct support specialist in 2009 with the nonprofit behavioral health organization The Devereux Foundation. He then excelled as a grade-school teacher with Eastside Charter School in Wilmington and as a high school teacher with Glasgow High School in Newark from 2010 to 2012. He thereupon taught seventh-grade civics and economics with P.S. DuPont Middle School and grades 9-12 Social Studies with Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington from 2012 to 2017.
Dr. O’Hanlon prospered as dean of students with P.S. DuPont Middle School from 2017 to 2018 and Mount Pleasant High School from 2018 to 2019, where his duties included overseeing student discipline, developing programs to promote positive students behavior as well as intervention strategies and counseling students and parents about school and district policies.
Attributing his success to building strong relationships with his students, with the teachers that he works with and with community members, Dr. O’Hanlon stresses that he builds relationships with sincerity so he can lead by example. Initially interested in pursuing a career in the military or law enforcement, Dr. O’Hanlon decided that he could keep people out of trouble with the law by being a teacher who could inspire them.
Dr. O’Hanlon considers his most notable achievement has been serving as the president of the Brandywine Education Foundation for five years. He also takes pride in his opportunity to meet future President Joseph Biden and Dr. Jill Biden one on one when they made an appearance at Brandywine High School. In the coming years, his goal is to continue being in a leadership role and impact students, teachers, and schools in a positive way whether that be in his current position, as a principal, or as a superintendent.
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