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 and is currently in progress of 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 as 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 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 learning at school), teaching with DBQ’s (document based questions using primary sources for research and inquiry).
Mrs. Heather Williams
Coordinator of Accountability and Student Services
Mrs. Heather Williams recently relocated to Florence with her husband and 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, and 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. Kate Boan
Ms. Kate Boan is our School Counselor and will be working with students in all grade levels. She is originally from Florence and is excited to join the Virtus Academy family. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winthrop University in 2013. After working in a middle school for several years as a Behavior Interventionist, she found her true passion was working with children in a school setting. She decided to return to school and received a Masters in School Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2018.
Her role will be supporting students in their emotional, social, academic, and career development. She will provide classroom lessons, group guidance, and individual counseling sessions. Ms. Boan’s belief is to always encourage students to reach their fullest potential. She is a member of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and Palmetto State School Counseling Association and loves to research new and exciting techniques to bring to school.
Her favorite quote is “How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you”.
Please do not hesitate to contact her if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr. David Pierce
Security and Facilities Management
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 the rank of Sergeant 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 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.