Renaissance Academy is a thriving charter school serving kindergarten 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.

Our Defining Practices

  • We value connections with students to inform our personalized practices at varying levels of complexity depending on the individual.
  • We honor student voice and encourage student choice through self directed, individual student selected projects.
  • We use inquiry based approaches to guide students through Project-Based Learning experiences as well as content deep dives.
  • We believe in the power of ongoing, innovative, rigorous, professional growth.

Our Values

  • 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.

Our Board of Directors

Mark Smith, President

Lisa Diaz-Sytsema, Vice President

Sherry Knight, Secretary

Bart Blystone, Treasurer

Jillian Davidson, Director

Rachael Robinson

Kindergarten Teacher

Charlotte Keel

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Jason Wilson

Kindergarten Teacher

Sandy Ricumstrict

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Kris Anderson

Voyager Teacher

Tina Assmann

Voyager Teacher

Rachel Osheka

Voyager Teacher

Sharon Schaar

Voyager Teacher

Savannah de Luca

Islander Teacher

Marilyn Lindsay

Islander Teacher

Carly Schwartz

Islander Teacher

Amanda Trecy

Islander Teacher

Erynn Camp

Trailblazer Teacher

Jade Kennedy

Trailblazer Teacher

Stephanie Papenfus

Trailblazer Teacher

Tara Wesolowski

Trailblazer Teacher

​Rachel Brandeberry

Middle School Teacher

Blake Buzard

Middle School Teacher

Dave McCausey

Middle School Teacher, Athletic Director

Brian Whitman

Middle School Teacher​

Courtney Doyle

Media Specialist

Stephen McConnell

Physical Education Teacher

John Roney

Arts & Exploration Teacher

Joel Wiseman

Music Teacher

Jessica Bean

Resource Room Teacher

Sara Egloff

Interventionist Teacher

Kristen Hart

Resource Room Teacher

Maureen Karbowski

Speech Teacher

Amanda Franklin

Substitute Teacher

Autumn Gairaud

Substitute Teacher

Lauryn Grace

Substitute Teacher

Sara Byers


Anna Doyle


Thomas Eckman


Heather Pastotnik


Mike Pulvarente


Anna Walton


Jon Koster

Technology Director and Assessment Coordinator

Laura Bailey

Literacy Instructional Coach

Melissa MacLaren

Goal Setting & Teacher Mentoring Instructional Coach

Megan Nix

Project-Based Learning Instructional Coach

Pamala Lewis

Food Service

Hannah Phelps

Food Service

Jodie Richardson

Food Service, After School Care

Barb Oakley


Tina Singer

Office Professional

Sarah Anderson

Dean of Students

Henry Mayer

Dean of Instruction

Brandy Reihl

Business Manager

Lisa Bergman

Executive Director