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 23years. They live in Alma, with their two cockatiels, George and Zu Zu. 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 seventh year at Renaissance Academy. Since starting at Renaissance, he has worked in Technology, 6th Grade, and middle school. 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, son Mason, and their black lab, Bailey. Having grown up just outside of Chicago, he roots for the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, and the Blackhawks. Outside of teaching, Mr. Buzard’s passions are sports, fishing, gardening, and all things Central Michigan!
Mr. Brian Whitman
Mr. Jon Koster