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ABOUT DR. O'HANLON

        Dr. William P. O'Hanlon was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He is proud to still call Wilmington his home. After graduating from St. Mary Magdalen in Wilmington Dr. O'Hanlon entered Concord High School. Dr. O'Hanlon credits Concord for inspiring him to want to become an educator.

      Dr. O'Hanlon has worked in numerous roles in both the private and public sector that include the Office of the Mayor of Wilmington James Baker, Union Park, Inc., and General Wesley Clark for President. He has worked with numerous public leaders in various roles. Dr. O'Hanlon continues to advise both political and community leaders. 

      Dr. O'Hanlon's background in education and teaching includes working with all types of students from basic level learning students to high performing students. He has also worked with students in grades 5-12 that with various degrees of emotional and behavioral issues. Dr. O'Hanlon has taught courses in Government, Economics, World History, Geography, United States History, Comparative Religions, Law in America, Politics, A.V.I.D.,  and College & Career Readiness. He has served  as a school administrator in the roles as a Dean of Students and Assistant Principal. He currently serves as the Public Information Officer for the Brandywine School District, which he is a proud product of. 

        Dr. O'Hanlon holds teaching certificates as an Teacher of Social Studies, Exceptional Children (Special Education), Business Education, and Principal/Assistant Principal. 

        Dr. O'Hanlon strongly believes in equality and opportunity for all. He is a firm believer in focusing greater attention on closing the opportunity gap and simply not just the achievement gap. His goal when working with students, teachers, and families: build strong relationships.

      He often quotes Maya Angelou by saying "people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel."

EDUCATION

  • Ed.D., Gwynedd Mercy University

  • M.S.Ed., Neumann University

  • B.A., University of Delaware

ENDORSEMENTS & CERTIFICATES

  • Teacher of Social Studies, Grades 6-12

  • Teacher of Exceptional Children/Special Education, Grades K-12

  • Teacher of Business Education, Grades 6-12

  • Principal/Assistant Principal

  • Harvard University National Institute for Urban School Leaders (June 2018)

  • Governor's Institute for School Leadership (GISL), University of Delaware (2022)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • Ordained Minister, Universal Life Church Ministries

  • Notary Public, State of Delaware

K-12 EXPERIENCE

  • Brandywine School District

    • Public Information Officer, July 2023 - Present

    • Brandywine High School

        • Assistant Principal, July 2019 - July 2023

    • Mount Pleasant High School

      • Dean of Students, July 2018 - June 2019

    • P.S. duPont Middle School

      • Dean of Students​, October 2017 - June 2018

    • Mount Pleasant High School 

      • Social Studies, Special Education, 2013 - 2017

    • ​P.S. duPont Middle School

      • 7th Grade Social Studies, 2012 - 2013

  • Christina School District

    • Glasgow High School

      • Social Studies Teacher, 2010 - 2012

  • Eastside Charter School

    • Grades 5-8 Social Studies, 2009 - 2010

AWARDS

  • Who's Who of Educators in America 2021-2022

LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY

  • Board Member, Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) (2022-2023)

  • President, Brandywine Education Foundation (2015 - 2020), Vice President (2020-Present)

  • Member, Brandywine School District Referendum Accountability Committee (2012-2015)

  • Chairman, Brandywine School District Referendum Increasing Academic Achievement Committee

  • Head Academic Judge, Annual Glasgow High School JROTC Drill and Colors Classic Competition (2012 - 2019)

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