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Administrative Team


Benjamin (Ben) Kohlhorst

Mr. Kohlhorst was named principal at John Hanson Middle School in 2018.  Prior to serving as principal, he was principal of C. Paul Barnhart Elementary school for two years and vice principal of John Hanson Middle school for six years.  At Hanson, Kohlhorst served as vice principal to 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students.

Ben Kohlhorst began working for Charles County Public Schools in 2004 as a teacher with the STAY Program at the F.B. Gwynn Center. During its opening year in 2007, he moved to Theodore G. Davis Middle School where he taught 6th-grade mathematics and also served as the 6th-grade team leader. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from McDaniel College.


Philip Jones
Assistant Principal 

Philip Jones graduated from Adian College in 2001 with a degree in earth sciences and teaching certification in secondary earth science and general science.   He conducted his student teaching at the Kenwood Academy in Chicago Il, while studying with the Urban Life Center located in the Hyde Park neighborhood.  Mr. Jones began teaching with Charles County Public Schools in 2004 as an earth space science teacher at Thomas Stone High School.  Throughout his tenure he also taught biology and various classes within the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program.  Mr. Jones also spent numerous summers as a science teacher for the Interlochen Arts Camp in Northern Michigan.  Mr. Jones received a Masters degree from Mississippi State University in earth science education and certification for school administration from McDaniel College. In 2014, Mr. Jones began working in school administration and has been in that position at John Hanson since 2019. 

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William Skallerup
Assistant Principal 

Mr. Skallerup became Assistant Principal of John Hanson Middle School in 2022. Prior to that, he was a classroom teacher for the last 14 years. He taught elementary school for 4 years in Guilford County Schools in North Carolina. Following that, he moved back home to Maryland and began to teach in Prince George's County. Mr. Skallerup taught all grades from second through fifth at Port Towns Elementary School for 10 years. He also served as a grade level team leader for the last 5 years before beginning his time in Charles County. 

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Dychon Whitaker
Assistant Principal

Dr. Dychon Whitaker was named 8th grade assistant principal at John Hanson Middle School in 2022. Dr. Whitaker began her career with Charles County Public Schools in 2012 as a Social Studies teacher at Westlake High School. She served in the same position with Prince George’s County Public Schools prior to her tenure. Dr. Whitaker’s leadership experience includes serving as the administrative intern at La Plata High School for two years.  

Dr. Whitaker earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Cognition and Instruction.  Also, she has a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. She began her post-secondary education at Salisbury University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She enjoys working with all stakeholders to foster positive change within the school community. 

Beth Hancock

Beth Hancock
Administrative Intern

Ms. Hancock became the 7th grade administrator at John Hanson in 2022. Prior to this role she served as an English Language Arts teacher at John Hanson. Ms. Hancock began her career with CCPS as an elementary school teacher at Dr. Mudd. She has also enjoyed facilitating courses at CSM and with other community resources for parents and adult learners.  

Ms. Hancock obtained her undergraduate degree and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University.