Kevin Smith - Acting Principal
Kevin Smith is life-long resident, and proud alumni, of Wicomico County Public Schools. Born and raised in eastern Wicomico County, Mr. Smith graduated from Parkside High School in 1994. Mr. Smith has attended both the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University. In 2001, Mr. Smith began his first teaching assignment as a special education teacher at Pinehurst Elementary School working with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Mr. Smith went on to become a Special Education Facilitator at Salisbury Middle School and a Special Education Program Specialist serving all 24 schools in Wicomico County. While serving in these capacities, Mr. Smith completed the prestigious Special Education Leadership Academy (SELA) through the Maryland State Department of Education. This specialized leadership training provided Mr. Smith with opportunities to network with educational leaders at MSDE, MABE, MSTA, OSEP, USDE, and the Maryland General Assembly. These leadership roles helped to prepare Mr. Smith with future opportunities to serve as a school administrator. In the fall of 2016 Mr. Smith was appointed Assistant Principal of Glen Avenue Elementary School. In July 2017, Mr. Smith was appointed Assistant Principal of Pinehurst Elementary School – a school that has always been very special to him. In November of 2018, Mr. Smith was appointed Acting Principal of Pinehurst Elementary School. Mr. Smith is extremely passionate about effective leadership. He believes in the school community that he has been called to lead. Mr. Smith resides in Wicomico County with his wife Jessica, a Wicomico County educator, and their two daughters Mikayla and Abigail. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling as often as their busy schedules allow. Additionally, Mr. Smith is a Lay Leader in his church and has served on various district and conference committees for the United Methodist Church.
Alexan Dargan- Vice Principal
Mrs. Alexan Dargan received her Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also earned her Graduate degree in Administration from Salisbury University. Mrs. Dargan began her teaching career in Pennsylvania at the intermediate and high school levels prior to joining the Wicomico County Public School system. She has taught first grade at Beaver Run Elementary for 8 years and has also served for 4 years as their Assistant Principal prior to joining the Charles H. Chipman family for the past 3 years. Mrs. Dargan is passionate about building relationships with students, families, and staff. She believes that the critical part of her role in fostering positive academic, emotional, social, and physical growth in a nurturing risk-free environment, is to create and maintain a safe and orderly environment. When not spending time with the Charles H. Chipman family, Mrs. Dargan enjoys spending time with her husband Patrick and her two children Avriana and Paxtan.
Matthew Curtis - Dean of Students
Mr. Matthew Curtis is a Somerset County native and graduated from Washington High School in 2008. After attending WorWic Community College, he graduated from Salisbury University in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2017, he completed his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Curtis has spent his time teaching at East Salisbury Elementary and Pittsville Elementary and Middle School. He is excited to be at Pinehurst Elementary and to serve the students of the school and to build positive relationships with everyone he interacts with.
In Mr. Curtis’ spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Danielle and son, John. Mr. Curtis is a sports fan who enjoys playing soccer and watching the Washington Capitals, Auburn University football team and DC United. He also enjoys being outdoors. Mr. Curtis is the youth leader at his church in Princess Anne.