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Administrative Team


Michael Hoffman

Mr. Mike Hoffman was named principal of Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School in 2021. Prior to Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, Hoffman was the vice principal of Billingsley Elementary School.  Hoffman helped open Billingsley to the public in the Fall of 2019. Before moving to Billingsley, Hoffman was the vice principal at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School for three years. During his leadership at Billingsley and Jenifer, Hoffman served as the acting principal for periods of time.

Before entering the world of school administration, Hoffman was a Learning Resource Teacher at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School from 2014 to 2016. Hoffman worked with students that were receiving gifted services, coordinated all state and county testing, as well as helped lead technology initiatives. Prior to Dr. Brown, Hoffman started his educational career at William A. Diggs Elementary School. Mr. Hoffman started in the Fall of 2006 when Diggs first opened its doors to the public. Hoffman taught fifth- and third-grades. Hoffman joined Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) in 2006 relocating from outside of Philadelphia.  Mr. Hoffman resides in La Plata with his wife and two children.

Throughout his CCPS career, Hoffman has lead summer programs in Charles County, was nominated for math teacher of the year as well as technology educator of the year, and was part of the standard-setting committee for state testing with MSDE.

Mr. Hoffman has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Penn State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from McDaniel College. 

Mary Finneran
Assistant Principal

A message from Mrs. Finneran:

I am so proud to say that I am now a “MHNES Beaver”. I have only heard wonderful accolades about the academic success and close family strength of Mt. Hope.  I already feel like I am a part of the educational team and community. In the short time I have been here I can already see that the focus for the Mt Hope stakeholders is students, parents, and staff first. The love continues to exude throughout all the interactions that I have had.  

I am introducing myself with great honor and joy as the new assistant principal. I am originally from Williamsburg, Virginia and attended Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. After graduation, I taught 5th grade at St. Stephens Elementary School before transferring to Maryland to be closer to my family.   

I began my employment with Charles County Public Schools in 1999 where I worked as a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Arthur Middleton and a 6th grade math teacher at Milton Somers Middle School after which I became an Instructional Math Specialist and worked at Indian Head and Eva Turner Elementary Schools. In 2011, I was promoted to vice-principal serving in that capacity at Dr. Mudd, Dr. Brown, and Neal Elementary Schools as well as a principal at Malcolm. I then decided that being an AP was my true calling and with support of my family took the offered position of AP at Mt. Hope.  

I currently hold a Masters of Science degree from Towson University in Human Resource Development as well as a Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. I am married to a wonderful CCPS high school History teacher, Mr. Finneran, and have a great little boy named John.  

My pedagogy is that great schools are the result of great teachers.  My main goal is to keep the momentum of student learning with highly rigorous instruction in every facet of student learning. I will continue to be the active administrator that the community is familiar with by providing teachers with instructional feedback, opportunities to attend professional development, and reaching out and communicating with parents for support to ensure students are prepared to be career and college ready for the 21st century. Working strongly with my principal, Mr. Hoffman, the instructional leadership team, and counselor, we will make sure our students have the access needed to achieve intellectually and face the social and emotional needs critical for success.  

I look forward to building a strong relationship with my MHNES family.