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.
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.
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.
Sandi Brueck, Special Programs Manager
Sandi has been working in special education for over 30 years. She began as a special education teacher, teaching students in grades K-12. From there, Sandi worked as a teacher consultant at an intermediate school district (ISD) and served as an assistant principal and principal of a program for students with emotional impairment and autism. Most recently, Sandi worked for the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education as a special education consultant, conducting special education complaint investigations and working on state policy issues. Sandi is excited to be part of the MVCA team and will work diligently to serve students with disabilities.