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.
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 Degree in Educational Leadership. He started his educational career in the border town of Yuma, Arizona. Mr. Rodriguez served 1 year as a paraprofessional and 8 years as a middle school teacher before entering administration at an elementary school of 1200 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 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 over 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 and, then, developing adult education programs as well as 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 over 13 years. He received his M.Ed., teaching certification, and leadership certification from Grand valley State University. He also has a B.A. in Business Administration from Alma College.
Nick’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. Nick 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.
Nick 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.
Nick and his family reside in Grand Rapids, MI. 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.
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 both her Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Elementary Education and her Masters in Educational Leadership. She taught second grade for 6 years in Muskegon before joining Michigan Virtual Charter Academy in March 2012. Tanya taught fourth grade for four years at MVCA before transitioning to a leadership role. Tanya has served as the Elementary Principal since January 2017 and enjoys working with the MVCA staff to better serve the families of MVCA. Tanya resides in Muskegon with her husband and four sons.
Sandi Brueck, Special Programs Manager
Sandi received her Bachelor of Science degree in special education with a minor in science and a Master of Arts degree in reading and learning disabilities from Western Michigan University. She also completed a 36-hour certificate program at Grand Valley State University, earning K-12 school administrator and supervisor and director of special education endorsements. Additionally, Sandi earned 12 credit hours in a doctoral program through Waldon University in teacher leadership. Serving students with disabilities has been the focus of Sandi’s adult career for over 30 years. She taught students in grades K-12 in all disability areas for 13 years, served as a teacher consultant in cognitive impairments and learning disabilities for 14 years through her local intermediate school district, and has been a special education administrator for over 5 years. Additionally, Sandi expanded her skill set by working for the Michigan Department of Education - Office of Special Education as a complaint investigator prior to coming to MVCA in 2016.
Mentoring and teaching adults is a passion of Sandi’s. She has been teaching at the college and university level since 2002, including Lake Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, Western Michigan University, University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, and Ashford University. Currently, Sandi supervises student teachers and administrator candidates through Grand Canyon University in the Southwest Michigan region. Occasionally, Sandi continues to do some consulting work for the Michigan Department of Education as well.
Sandi is here to ensure that the special programs students of MVCA, including those with IEPs, 504 plans, and English language learners, are provided the instruction and supports they are entitled to by the laws and regulations covering their educational programs.
Kim Bush, Manager, School Operations
After earning her BBA Degree from Davenport University, Kim 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, Kim re-entered the professional world, securing a leadership position at a local cinema arts college. She landed in her current role as Manager of School Operations in 2016. Kim enjoys the diverse nature of her role with varying responsibilities. She is delighted to serve the students, families, and staff of MVCA.
Corista Nichols, Manager, Federal Programs
Corista graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She continued her education at CMU and earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2003. Prior to coming to Michigan Virtual Charter Academy, Corista taught for 9 ½ years in Benton Harbor. She taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. She also served as an Assistant Principal and Title I Coordinator at Benton Harbor Charter School. Corista joined MVCA in 2014 and served as the State and Federal Reporting Manager. In 2015 she became the State and Federal Grants Manager. She resides in Gobles, MI with her husband and, soon to be, 2 daughters.
Amela Redzic, Family Engagement Administrator
Amela completed her B.A. in Arts (Psychology and Comparative Religion) at Western Kentucky University, along with her M.A. in Administration. Amela has served in education for over 15 years in different states (KY, NY, TN, AZ and MI). She worked as a teacher, paraprofessional, and academic counselor before coming to Michigan Virtual Charter Academy in 2016 as a member of the Family Academic Support Team (FAST). In 2016, she transitioned to a leadership role as Family Engagement Administrator. Amela strongly believes in the 5 E’s that drive her team in supporting all MVCA students, which are Student-Engagement, Equipping, Encouragement, Expectation and Empowerment. She resides in Grand Rapids with her husband and two kids.