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 from Columbia College. She is currently completing her second Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and Leadership. 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.
Mrs. Heather Williams
Mrs. Heather Williams resides in Florence with her six children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Kendall College, a Master of Education degree in Higher Education from Ashford University. She is currently completing her Doctor of Education from Liberty University. She holds certifications in early childhood curriculum, higher education curriculum, and instruction and is a certified school-age care trainer. Ms. Williams has experience as a classroom teacher, after school program coordinator, non-profit director, and parent referral specialist. She is also currently an adjunct instructor for the North Carolina Community College system, focusing on child development, early literacy, curriculum planning, and child guidance.
Mrs. Williams has experience leading professional development in project-based learning, curriculum development, classroom management, health, safety and nutrition, natural playscapes, and classroom arrangement. She previously helped create and implement a take-home literacy program for elementary school students. In previous roles, she headed fundraising efforts, collaborated with parent advisory committees, and continues to teach continuing education courses for public school teachers.
Ms. Jennifer Thomas
Ms. Jennifer Thomas is currently the Federal Programs Coordinator for Virtus. Ms. Thomas has over 35 years of experience in the field of Special Education as a teacher and mentor. Prior to being the Federal Programs Coordinator, she served Virtus as the Math Specialist and the Special Education Coordinator. Ms. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Human Development degree from George Washington University and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University. She holds certifications in Elementary Education, Special Education, has her Read to Succeed (R2S) Literary Teacher Endorsement, and holds National Board Certification from 2011 - 2021. Ms. Thomas has experience as a certified evaluator and mentor, lead teacher in special education, and mentor to Francis Marion University student teachers.
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.