Virtus Academy

Culture is Everything

Q&A with Nisa House, Virtus Academy’s Newest Dean of Culture

What is a Dean of Culture?
A professional skilled at making everyone in a school environment feel welcomed and valued.

What are your responsibilities?
This is the school’s first year having deans of culture, and there are three of us. I’m responsible for Grades 4-6 and Middle School. Kate Lawhon is responsible for Grades K-3, and Jacqueline Johnston is responsible for the High School. 

Some of my responsibilities include supporting teacher morale, serving as a liaison between teachers and parents, addressing the importance of social and life skills with our students, and helping them stay focused in the classroom with the help of behavior strategies.  

What are you most excited about?
I’m excited about spending time with our students and getting a feel for what they need to be successful.

What motivates you?
Being a mother of five gives me a unique perspective because I can see things from three points of view – the teachers, the parents, and the students. I know the kind of learning and social experiences I want for my own children, and that motivates me to get everyone on the same page, working toward a common goal so that every child can reach their highest level of potential. 

Where did you work before coming to Virtus?
I’m originally from New York but moved to Manning during high school. I’ve taught at Kingstree, Manning, and Hartsville schools. Most recently, I was the Director of Literacy at Butler Academy.