Renaissance Academy is a thriving charter school serving preschool through eighth grade students in Mt. Pleasant and surrounding communities. There is no tuition charge to attend our school. As a Public School Academy, we receive the same state funding and follow the same state and federal guidelines as traditional public school districts.

Our Mission

The mission of Renaissance Public School Academy is to engage every student in becoming confident, creative, and collaborative builders of their future.

Our Vision

Renaissance students will find their passion to live fulfilled lives and make a difference in the world.

Strategic Pillars

  • Academic Knowledge
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Community Engagement
  • Execution


  • Safety and respect are the foundations for a positive learning environment among all members of our diverse school community.
  • We foster collaboration for students and staff while guiding them to take responsibility for their individual contributions.  
  • We empower our students and staff to be independent thinkers, problem solvers, and lifelong learners.
  • We engage in rigorous learning opportunities for students to apply in real life experiences.

Rachel Biedenbender

Kindergarten Teacher

Kathy Taylor

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Jason Wilson

Kindergarten Teacher

Sara Byers

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Tina Assmann

Voyager Teacher

Ashley Moore

Voyager Teacher

Rachael Robinson

Voyager Teacher

Sharon Schaar

Voyager Teacher

​Rachel Brandeberry

Islander Teacher

Marilyn Lindsay

Islander Teacher

Dustin Neyer

Islander Teacher

Carly Schwartz

Islander Teacher

Sara Egloff

Trailblazer Teacher

Jade Kennedy

Trailblazer Teacher

Megan Nix

Trailblazer Teacher

Stephanie Papenfus

Trailblazer Teacher

Blake Buzard

Middle School Teacher

Jon Koster

Middle School Teacher

Dave McCausey

Middle School Teacher, Athletic Director

Brian Whitman

Middle School Teacher​

Courtney Doyle

Media Specialist

Renee Guthrie

Art Teacher

Stephen McConnell

Physical Education Teacher

Joel Wiseman

Music Teacher

Rachel Brunkhorst


Sandy Ricumstrict


Laura Bailey

Literacy Instructional Coach

Melissa MacLaren

Goal Setting & Teacher Mentoring Instructional Coach

Jessica Bean

Resource Room Teacher

Kristen Hart

Resource Room Teacher

Maureen Karbowski

Speech Teacher

Pamala Lewis

Food Service

Charlotte Keel

Food Service, Custodian

Barb Oakley


Anna Brown

Office Professional

Tina Singer

Office Professional

Sarah Anderson

Dean of Students

Henry Mayer

Dean of Instruction

Brandy Reihl

Business Manager

Lisa Bergman

Executive Director