Mrs. Brittany Hamilton
Mrs. Brittany Hamilton serves Virtus Academy in the areas of curriculum design and professional development. She has extensive experience in Project-Based Learning and has been trained by the Buck Institute for Education, the premier PBL professional learning network. She has a Master of Education degree in Divergent Learning and a second Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Columbia College. Mrs. Hamilton has been a professional certified educator for 14 years, serving as a teacher in grades 4 and 6, a K-5 math interventionist, and a school-wide technology and PBL leader.
As an award-winning educator, she has experience leading professional development in curriculum, PBL, and educational technology at the local, state, and national levels. Brittany served as a technology coordinator at Spaulding Middle School and modeled her classroom with the PBL design. She also has extensive experience with flipped classrooms (technology-based mini-content lessons at home and applied to learn at school), teaching with DBQ’s (document-based questions using primary sources for research and inquiry).
Mrs. Janice Dargan
Mrs. Janice Dargan is joining Virtus Academy of South Carolina as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. She has experience as a classroom teacher, STEM coordinator, certified evaluator/mentor, parent liaison, community outreach liaison, and student interventionist. Mrs. Dargan has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood/Early Education from Coker College, a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. She is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology. She is certified in Early Childhood Education, in Elementary Education, as an Elementary Principal, and as a South Carolina Evaluator.
Mrs. Dargan has extensive experience in project-based learning and STEM classrooms. She also has experience in curriculum development, classroom management, technology integration, parental and community involvement, and behavior intervention.
Mr. David Pierce
Security and Facilities
Mr. David Pierce is Virtus Academy's Director of Security and Facility Management. He served for seven years in the U.S. Army, where he was promoted to Sergeant's rank in just two and a half years. He managed a minimum of seven soldiers for his remaining four and a half years, which included one combat tour and thirteen months in Korea. He also worked for six months as an operations Manager during his military career. After completing his service to the Army, Mr. Pierce earned his Associates's degree in Police Science. He worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections, where he was assigned to the segregation unit. Later, Mr. Pierce moved to Florence, SC, and worked at Pet Lovers Warehouse until joining Virtus Academy upon the opening in 2018. His dedication, qualifications, experience, and professionalism, make Mr. Pierce the ideal candidate for this important position.