Meet Our Administrators

Our Leadership Team

The administrators of Michigan Virtual Charter Academy are committed to ensuring students receive the finest possible education. From providing expert tools and strategies to using the highest quality teaching materials to offering top parent support, our leadership team does everything possible to provide students with a well-rounded, personalized education. In addition, we are consistently present in our learning centers and classrooms, supporting teaching staff as they work with students.

Andrei Nichols, Head of School

Andrei Nichols has served in the educational arena for the past 15 years as an administrator and consultant. He began his career in the postsecondary field by managing a pre-college program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan while working in the Office of Minority Student Affairs; he also served as a part-time professor at FSU. He later worked in the admissions department at National Institute of Technology in Southfield, MI, and soon after created ADN Educational Consulting Services (AECS) — an educational consulting firm which services career and vocational trade schools throughout the U.S.

In 2006 Andrei started his second company, Interactive Learning and Education Consulting, LLC. His most recent administrative position was serving as Principal of Bradford Academy High School (2009–2013) in Southfield, Michigan where under his leadership the school progressed from bottom 11% of state to 44 percentile, thus being noted as a Reward School for 'High Progress' by the State of Michigan in 2013. Andrei has keen insight of the educational landscape on public policy, principles and practices of modern, urban schools – including charter– and overseeing the design, delivery, and quality of programming within the school environment.

Andrei began his collegiate career at Northwood University (1992–94) in Midland, Michigan where he was a two-time varsity basketball player. He finished up his athletic and academic career at Ferris State University and holds college undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Business Administration, along with a Master's of Science in Education. He is very much active in various mentoring initiatives, community outreach programs, volunteer efforts, and other educational endeavors as well. Andrei resides in Southfield, Michigan with his son Andrei II.

Shannon Hare, K-5 Principal

Shannon is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a focus in elementary education, particularly social studies, mathematics, and reading. Ms. Hare began her teaching career in North Carolina serving as a fourth grade teacher. While she enjoyed the location, North Carolina was too far from family, so she relocated to Indiana in the summer of 2010. While in Indiana, she became involved with virtual education at Hoosier Academy, a K12 powered school. During her time at Hoosier, Ms. Hare acted not only as a teacher, but as a principal for one of their blended learning centers. In 2013, Ms. Hare returned home to Michigan and began teaching at MVCA as the fifth grade lead teacher. For the 2014–2015 school year, Ms. Hare served as the Instructional Coaching Lead for Grades 3–5. In this role, she worked closely with teachers to ensure student success and strong instructional practices. Ms. Hare is thrilled to be leading an incredible team of teachers as the K–6 principal for the 2015–2016 school year. Ms. Hare currently resides in the Livonia, Michigan.

Tiffany Snyder, High School Principal

Tiffany graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts in German and secondary education in 1994. In 1997 she earned her Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction. Tiffany taught high school German for seven years, and served as the world language department chair at Cary Grove High School in Cary, Illinois. Mrs. Snyder's other teaching experience includes four years at the middle school level in her hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and three years teaching for the teacher preparation program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. In 2008 she was introduced to online education through IQ Academies of Wisconsin. Tiffany taught German for four years and then transitioned into leadership with K12 as the Instructional Manager for K12's Instructional Services Team in Michigan in 2012. In October of 2013 she became Michigan Virtual Charter Academy's high school principal. It is with great pleasure that she joined MVCA's fantastic team of teachers and is looking forward to serving students and their families. Tiffany currently lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and two children.

Nickolus South, Middle School Principal

Effective October 24, 2016, Mr. Nickolus South began serving as Middle School Principal for MVCA. He has served as a teacher, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent in both the traditional school setting along with charter. He strives to integrate age and grade level appropriate innovative, inspirational instructional experiences for all students. Mr. South seeks to lead from a relational capacity, and makes decisions based on best practices, students first philosophies along with forward thinking concepts. Highlights of his 20-year career in education include:

  • Responsible for the daily operational, management, supervisory and functional capacity of all systems and process necessary for academic and social achievement.
  • Provide oversight and insight to Principals, Vice Principals, department supervisors and stakeholders to promote the academic and cultural success of the district.
  • Collaborate with Parent Teacher Association, Board of Directors, Management Company and authorizer to communicate student achievement, academic goals and visionary plan for the district.