Meet Our Team
The administrators of Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA) are committed to ensuring students receive the finest, well-rounded education possible by providing expert tools and strategies, the highest quality teaching materials, and top parent support.
Randy Rodriguez | Head of School
Randy Rodriguez has served 29 years in public education. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in educational leadership. He started his educational career in the border town of Yuma, Arizona. Mr. Rodriguez served one year as a paraprofessional and eight years as a middle school teacher before entering administration at an elementary school of 1,200 students.
In 2004, Mr. Rodriguez was recruited to Michigan as an elementary principal. He was later selected as the district curriculum director and the assistant superintendent. He spent the last 5 ½ years as the superintendent in that same district.
During his tenure as an instructional leader, Mr. Rodriguez remained focused on continuous improvement by building systemic instructional and intervention programs, as well as ensuring strong character and behavioral expectations. He worked diligently to build strong relationships with families and community members to promote a positive educational climate for all students.
While Mr. Rodriguez has gained a wealth of experience in education during his career, he is excited to join the digital frontier of cyber schools and online education.
Mr. Rodriguez and his wife, Janae, celebrated 29 years of marriage this past year. They have four wonderful adult children, ages 26, 24, 22, and 20. He is grateful for the opportunities that an education brings to young people, and he looks forward to the opportunities MVCA can create for students and families.
Sheila Boehning | Principal | High School
Dr. Sheila Boehning has served in education for more than 25 years. She graduated with a PhD in education from Capella University with a focus on curriculum and faculty development in online education. She also holds a master’s degree in English from Western Michigan University, a bachelor’s degree in English from Cornerstone University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Calvin University.
Her education career began as affiliate faculty for various universities teaching in a traditional university setting, then developing adult education programs and online programs. As an instructional leader she was the chairperson for the general education faculty and served on the academic advisory team. She, also, spent several years teaching at the middle school and high school levels in Indiana assisting the district in developing technology programs and 1:1 initiatives, which included groundwork that led to e-learning days, replacing the need to make up snow days or other missed school days.
Dr. Boehning served as an administrator in an international school as well as an administrator in a school in Michigan. During her time as an administrator in both institutions, she focused on instructional strategies that engage students, provide rigor, and lead to individual student growth. Her emphasis on creating a culture that encourages students to succeed while providing challenging academic opportunities has led to increased test scores. She is passionate about supporting and training teachers so they can, in turn, support and teach students.
Dr. Boehning and her husband of 31 years reside in Ada, Michigan, and they have four adult children who live in various parts of the country and world. She is thankful for the opportunity to provide virtual education for students and to serve the parents, staff, and community of MVCA.
Nick Hoffman | Assistant Principal | High School
Nick Hoffman has served in public education for more than 13 years. He received his MEd teaching certification, and leadership certification from Grand Valley State University. He also has a BA in business administration from Alma College.
Mr. Hoffman's passion for teaching came at an early age as a coach for many different levels of youth sports. A love for coaching ultimately led him to pause his business career and pursue a career in education. Mr. Hoffman has spent time teaching at the elementary level, teaching and coaching at the middle school level, and coaching at the high school level. He has also held leadership positions at all levels of K–12 education.
Mr. Hoffman holds a strong belief that all students can learn and have the potential for greatness. Building trusting relationships, discovering students’ learning styles, and meeting students at their level are keys to providing meaningful and individualized instruction. Holding students to high expectations and empowering them to make the right decisions will ultimately set them up for college and career readiness. Together, we will do great things at MVCA.
Mr. Hoffman and his family reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is supported by his amazing wife and is the proud father of a 15-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old daughter. A strong desire to see them succeed is affirmation of the important role educators play in molding the lives of our youth and drives him to be the best leader he can be every day.
Tanya Kuipers | Elementary School Principal
Tanya Kuipers graduated from Grand Valley State University with both her Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Elementary Education and her Masters in Educational Leadership. She taught second grade for six years in Muskegon before joining Michigan Virtual Charter Academy in March 2012. Mrs. Kuipers taught fourth grade for four years at MVCA before transitioning to a leadership role. Mrs. Kuipers has served as the Elementary Principal since January 2017 and enjoys working with the MVCA staff to better serve the families of MVCA. Mrs. Kuipers resides in Muskegon with her husband and four sons.
Kim Bush | Manager | School Operations
After earning her BBA degree from Davenport University, Ms. Bush began her career in the business sector having worked in the finance division of a large office furniture corporation for 13 years. From there she followed her passion of owning and operating a small business, which she enjoyed for 14 years. Due to economic conditions, Ms. Bush re-entered the professional world, securing a leadership position at a local cinema arts college. She took on her current role as manager of school operations in 2016. Ms. Bush enjoys the diverse nature of her role with varying responsibilities. She is delighted to serve the students, families, and staff of MVCA.
Amela Redzic | Family Engagement Administrator
Mrs. Redzic completed her BA in Arts (psychology and comparative religion) at Western Kentucky University, along with her MA in administration. Mrs. Redzic has served in education for more than 15 years in different states (Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, Arizona, and Michigan). She worked as a teacher, paraprofessional, and academic counselor before coming to MVCA in 2016 as a member of the Family Academic Support Team (FAST). In 2016, she transitioned to a leadership role as family engagement administrator. Mrs. Redzic strongly believes in the five E’s that drive her team in supporting all MVCA students: Student Engagement, Equipping, Encouragement, Expectation, and Empowerment. She resides in Grand Rapids with her husband and two children.