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 with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
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.
Cassandra Russie, Assistant Principal, High School
Cassandra graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and History. She continued her education at Eastern Michigan University completing a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership. In 2016, Cassandra earned a graduate certificate in Virtual Online Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania.
As a teacher, Cassandra taught English courses at middle and high schools throughout Metro Detroit. Immediately prior to joining MVCA, Cassandra piloted a blending learning program for at-risk students in the alternative setting. Cassandra came to MVCA for the 2014-2015 school year as an at-risk and freshman English teacher. She also served as a Content Coach and Content Coach Lead, working with the middle and high school English and Social Studies teams before transitioning into the role of High School Assistant Principal. In this role, she is thrilled to work with all of MVCA’s staff, students, and families. Cassandra currently lives with her husband in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Kimberly A. Davis, Academic Dean
Kimberly A. Davis is the Academic Dean of Michigan Virtual Charter Academy, K12. For the past 30 years, Ms. Davis has been employed with the Detroit Public Schools District. She served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal.
Ms. Davis led the Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Sciences from the Bottom 5% of the state to 32 percentile, all within four years. Her background also demonstrates moving students above proficiency levels, mentoring principals and teachers, and creating a learning atmosphere for all that is conducive to learning. Ms. Davis’ educational experience includes the following:
- Harvard University, Boston, MA: Leadership: An Evolving Vision, The Principal’s Center
- Wayne State University, Detroit, MI: Specialist Degree, Administration and Supervision
- Wayne State University, Detroit, MI: Elementary Administration Certificate
- Wayne State University, Detroit, MI: Michigan Continuing Certification
- Wayne State University, Detroit, MI: Master’s Degree in Education Leadership
- Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI: Bachelors of Science in Early Education
She was honored to receive the 2012, Golden Apple Award from Western Michigan University, Department of College of Education, Health and Human Services. Ms. Davis is also a National Certified Principal Mentor from National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
Ms. Davis holds memberships with National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD), Wayne State University, College of Education, Alumni Association, Western Michigan University, Alumni Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. a nationally recognized community service organization.
Ms. Davis enjoys spending her free time enjoying her family and friends. Her educational belief is that every child has the right to a great education and has dedicated and committed her life to accomplishing this moral imperative of providing a high-quality education for all children.
Amena Moiz, Middle School Principal
Mrs. Moiz completed her B.S. in education at the University of Michigan along with her M.A. in early childhood education. She most recently completed her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University.
Mrs. Amena Moiz began the first few years of her career at an Islamic school as a middle school science teacher in Flint, Michigan. Over the next 17 years she proceeded to work as a MS science teacher and Middle School Dean (Assistant Principal) in inner-city urban charter schools in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Muskegon. As a Dean, Mrs. Moiz worked closely with teachers but also mentored and organized/coordinated the College Bound Scholars program along with Ivy League Trips focusing on east coast colleges. This past year Mrs. Moiz was a Dean coach and mentor for first and second year Deans as well as facilitating virtual coaching sessions in the areas of staff engagement and satisfaction focusing on a culture of excellence.
Mrs. Moiz was the founding principal of a National Heritage Academy K-8 school in Grand Rapids, Michigan for two years where the school was recognized for Employee Engagement and Parent Satisfaction. She has received extensive training and professional development over the years and has mentored, coached, and presented on a variety of topics including establishing a rigorous Response To Intervention program, coaching and mentoring strategies, and building a culture of excellence with a focus on classroom culture, to name a few. Mrs. Moiz was also a graduate instructor at the University of Michigan for the Master of Arts teacher Certification program, has participated in two Instructional Quality Reviews, and has built and maintained partnerships with multiple community service providers. She is currently an adjunct professor with the John Hopkins School of Education MA program.
Tanya Kuipers, Elementary School Principal
Tanya graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Elementary Education and is currently working on her Masters in Educational Leadership at Grand Valley State University. Tanya taught second grade for 6 years in Muskegon, MI before coming to Michigan Virtual Charter Academy in March 2012. Tanya taught fourth grade for four years at MVCA before transitioning to a leadership role. In January 2016, Tanya became the Elementary Lead Teacher, in September 2016 the K-8 Assistant Principal, and in January 2017 the Elementary Principal. Tanya loves working with the MVCA staff and families to better serve the students of MVCA. She resides in Muskegon with her husband and three sons.