Middle School at Renaissance Academy follows a project-based model. Students work through rigorous material with a strong balance of direct instruction and project based applications. The Middle School Program is a multi-age approach, where students switch classes and see a combination of 4 different classroom teachers and a full time Special Education teacher. In addition to mixing between different classes for their core subjects, students are placed in advisory classes with an advising teacher that they remain with for their two years in middle school. This allows students to build strong, lasting, relationships with their teachers and classmates.
The middle school team posts daily updates to classroom activities to help students stay organized and to keep families informed of current instruction. An archive of agenda information is available for every day of the school year.
Mr. Dave McCausey
Mr. McCausey has been teaching at Renaissance Academy since 2007. He has been nominated for MAPSA Teacher of the Year, three times (2011, 2013, and 2017), and was a finalist in 2011. In addition to being a member of the middle school team, he holds the position of Athletic Director at our school. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University, with degrees in Science and History.
He has been married to his wife, Kim, for 19 years. They live in Alma, with their two cockatiels, George and Zu Zu. Mr. McCausey is an avid Star Trek fan. His passions outside of work are baseball, hockey, and travel. He also enjoys playing and collecting board games.
Mr. Blake Buzard
This is Mr. Buzard’s fifth year at Renaissance Academy. Since starting at Renaissance, he has worked in Technology, 6th Grade, and middle school. In addition to being part of the middle school team. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he worked with the CMU Men’s Basketball team, and graduated with degrees in Social Studies, and Science.
Mr. Buzard married his wife, Amanda, in July of 2013. The two of them have built a house in Mount Pleasant, where they live with their daughter Harper, and their black lab, Bailey. Having grown up just outside of Chicago, he roots for the White Sox, the Bears, the Bulls, and the Blackhawks. Outside of teaching, Mr. Buzard’s passions are sports, fishing, gardening, and all things Central Michigan!
Mrs. Megan Liphard
Mrs. Liphard is in her third year at Renaissance Academy team. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2009 with an Elementary Education Bachelor’s degree and with endorsements in Science and Language Arts. In 2011 she graduated from Concordia University of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and with an ESL endorsement. On September 5, 2015 Mrs. Liphard was married at the Swann Plantation in Seviervill, Tennessee to Jamie Liphard. They reside in Midland. In May they welcomed their son, Jaxson.
Mrs. Therese Hubbell
Mrs. Hubbell is in her third year at Renaissance Academy this year. This is her fifth year teaching Middle School, though. She was nominated for MAPSA Teacher of the Year in 2017. In addition to being a teacher, Mrs. Hubbell has four daughters as well as a very patient husband! Mrs. Hubbell graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Language Arts. Her passions are reading, watching her daughters in sports and getting a nap in, whenever possible. She also loves pinterest and can be found attempting many crafts on her own as well. Mrs. Hubbell is also a self-proclaimed geek/nerd, she loves to find out as much information as she can on a topic or her passion at the moment.