New prin­ci­pals for Barn­hart, Mt. Hope/Nan­je­moy

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

When stu­dents go back to school in Au­gust, they may be greeted by new faces in the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice.

Last week, Charles County Pub­lic Schools an­nounced that William Miller, cur­rently vice prin­ci­pal at Mary B. Neal Ele­men­tary School, has been ap­pointed prin­ci­pal of Mt. Hope/Nan­je­moy, and Ben Kohlhorst, cur­rently vice prin­ci­pal at John Hen­son Mid­dle School, who will take over the helm at C. Paul Barn­hart Ele­men­tary School.

The school sys­tem also an­nounced sev­eral prin­ci­pal and vice prin­ci­pal trans­fers, as well as the ap­point­ment of seven new vice prin­ci­pals. All ap­point­ments and trans­fers are ef­fec­tive July 1.

Miller will be re­plac­ing out­go­ing prin­ci­pal Kristin Shields, who has been named di­rec­tor of Ti­tle I ser­vices for CCPS.

“She’ll be work­ing with the prin­ci­pals of all of our Ti­tle 1 Schools,” CCPS spokes­woman Katie O’Mal­ley-Simp­son said.

Ti­tle 1 is a fed­er­ally-funded pro­gram pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional ser­vices to schools in high poverty ar­eas. Six schools in Charles County qual­ify as Ti­tle 1 schools, in­clud­ing Mt. Hope/Nan­je­moy.

Shields has served as prin­ci­pal of Mt. Hope/ Nan­je­moy since 2011. In March, Shields was named Mary­land’s 2016 Na­tional Dis­tin­guished Prin­ci­pal by the Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pals.

Miller said Shields worked hard to forge con­nec­tions with the tight-knit com­mu­nity sur­round­ing Mt. Hope/Nan­je­moy.

“So I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to build­ing on that re­la­tion­ship Ms. Shields built and con­tin­u­ing with that,” Miller said. “You’ve got to build a solid foun­da­tion.”

Miller said he plans to sched­ule some meet-and­greets with the com­mu­nity later in the sum­mer.

Miller be­gan his ca­reer in CCPS in 2001 as a fifth grade teacher at Eva Turner Ele­men­tary School, and also taught at Berry Ele­men­tar y School.

Miller said he de­cided to go into ad­min­is­tra­tion to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on stu­dents and new teach­ers.

He served as vice prin­ci­pal at Eva Turner for three years be­fore com­ing to Neal in 2014.

Miller, whose mother was a teacher, said he first de­vel­oped a love of teach­ing while in high school, when he tu­tored ele­men­tary school stu­dents dur­ing his free time, and de­cided in col­lege that he wanted to pur­sue teach­ing as a pro­fes­sion.

Miller said he par­tic­u­larly en­joys work­ing with ele­men­tary school stu­dents.

“Ele­men­tary schools is all about mold­ing the kids into the cit­i­zens they’ll be 10 years down the road,” Miller said. “You’re build­ing that foun­da­tion, teach­ing them about be­ing re­spect­ful and re­spon­si­ble.”

For Kohlhorst, ed­u­ca­tion was a change of plans that took place in col­lege.

“I was orig­i­nally a busi­ness ma­jor in col­lege, but that seemed un­ful­fill­ing. I did some soul search­ing, and de­cided that ed­u­ca­tion would be the most ful­fill­ing for me,” Kohlhorst said. “I like the hu­man as­pect, that you can have a pos­i­tive im­pact that can change the world.”

Kohlhorst be­gan his ca­reer as a math teacher in the STAY pro­gram at the F.B. Gwynn Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in 2004. In 2007, he helped open Theodore G. Davis Mid­dle School, where he taught sixth grade math.

“I have al­ways loved work­ing with kids, but your in­flu­ence only ex­tends as far as your class­room,” Kohlhorst said. “I thought as an ad­min­is­tra­tor, I’d be able to have an im­pact on the whole school com­mu­nity.”

Kohlhorst has served as vice prin­ci­pal at John Han­son Mid­dle School since 2011.

Kohlhorst said he doesn’t fore­see any chal­lenges go­ing from mid­dle to ele­men­tary school.

“In the end, kids are kids, and you’ve got to treat them New prin­ci­pal ap­point­ments: Ben Kohlhorst, vice prin­ci­pal at John Han­son Mid­dle School was ap­pointed prin­ci­pal at C. Paul Barn­hart Ele­men­tary School. William Miller, vice prin­ci­pal at Mary B. Neal Ele­men­tary School was ap­pointed prin­ci­pal at Mt. Hope/ Nan­je­moy Ele­men­tary School. New vice prin­ci­pal ap­point­ments: Matthew Deegan, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant at North Point High School was ap­pointed vice prin­ci­pal at Theodore G. Davis Mid­dle School. Shayna Gold, teacher/ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant at the F.B. Gwynn Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter was ap­pointed vice prin­ci­pal at Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle School. Au­tumn Hoff­man, French teacher at Thomas Stone High School was ap­pointed vice prin­ci­pal at Mau­rice J. McDonough High School. Michael Hoff­man, learn­ing re­source teacher at Dr. Gus­tavus Brown Ele­men­tary School was ap­pointed vice prin­ci­pal at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Ele­men­tary School. Robynn Mudd, in­struc­tional re­source teacher at Eva Turner Ele­men­tary School was ap­pointed vice prin­ci­pal at J.C. Parks Ele­men­tary School. Erica Wil­liams, teacher/ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant at Ben­jamin Stod­dert Mid­dle School was ap­pointed vice prin­ci­pal at Ben­jamin Stod­dert Mid­dle School. Tara Zeier, third-grade teacher at Mary B. Neal Ele­men­tary School was ap­pointed vice prin­ci­pal at Berry Ele­men­tary School. Prin­ci­pal trans­fers: West­lake High School Prin­ci­pal Chrys­tal Ben­son trans­ferred to prin­ci­pal at Thomas Stone High School. Dr. James Craik Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Deb­bie Calvert trans­ferred to prin­ci­pal at William A. Diggs Ele­men­tary School. Berry Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Melissa Lo­gan trans­ferred to prin­ci­pal at Dr. James Craik Ele­men­tary School.

with re­spect,” Kohlhorst said. “It’s all about treat­ing kids right, and mak­ing their ed­u­ca­tion as pos­i­tive as you can.”

Kohlhorst will be re­plac­ing Barn­hart prin­ci­pal Troy Thomas Stone High School Prin­ci­pal Mike Meiser trans­ferred to prin­ci­pal at West­lake High School. T.C. Martin Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Greg Miller trans­ferred to prin­ci­pal at J.C. Parks Ele­men­tary School. J.P. Ryon Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Robert Opiekun trans­ferred to prin­ci­pal at T.C. Martin Ele­men­tary School. William A. Diggs Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal San­dra Tay­lor trans­ferred to prin­ci­pal at Berry Ele­men­tary School. J.C. Parks Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Tha­dine Wright trans­ferred to prin­ci­pal at J.P. Ryon Ele­men­tary School. Vice prin­ci­pal trans­fers: Robert Babiak, vice prin­ci­pal at Henry E. Lackey High School trans­ferred to North Point High School. Shan­non Fin­negan, vice prin­ci­pal at Berry Ele­men­tary School trans­ferred to Dr. Thomas L. Hig­don Ele­men­tary School. Mary Fin­neran, vice prin­ci­pal at Dr. Gus­tavus Brown Ele­men­tary trans­ferred to Mary B. Neal Ele­men­tary School. Philip Genua, vice prin­ci­pal at North Point High School trans­ferred to John Han­son Mid­dle School. Shaneha Har­vard, vice prin­ci­pal at Ben­jamin Stod­dert Mid­dle School trans­ferred to West­lake High School. Erin Kaple, vice prin­ci­pal at West­lake High School trans­ferred to Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School. Karen Lewis, vice prin­ci­pal at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Ele­men­tary School trans­ferred to Dr. Gus­tavus Brown Ele­men­tary School. Tam­mika Lit­tle, vice prin­ci­pal at John Han­son Mid­dle School trans­ferred to Henry E. Lackey High School. Kerri Loyd, vice prin­ci­pal at Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School trans­ferred to Mil­ton M. Somers Mid­dle School. Tan­gela Scales, vice prin­ci­pal at Mil­ton M. Somers Mid­dle School trans­ferred to Henry E. Lackey High School. Brenda Til­lot­son, vice prin­ci­pal at Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle School trans­ferred to John Han­son Mid­dle School. Wua­landa Then­stead, vice prin­ci­pal at Mau­rice J. McDonough High School trans­ferred to St. Charles High School.

Barnes, who is leav­ing em­ploy­ment with the school sys­tem. He said he hopes to re­as­sure par­ents and the com­mu­nity dur­ing the tran­si­tion.

“I just want them to be

con­fi­dent that they’ve got a good per­son tak­ing over,” Kohlhorst said. “I’m pos­i­tive, and I’ve got tremen­dous en­ergy. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

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