Meet the Staff
Mr. Dave McCausey
Mr. McCausey has been teaching at Renaissance Academy for seven years. He has been nominated for MAPSA Teacher of the Year, twice (2011 and 2013), 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 16 years. They live in Alma, with their two cockatiels, George and Zu Zu. Mr. McCausey is an avid Startrek fan. His passions outside of work are baseball and hockey. He also enjoys playing and collecting board games.
Mr. Blake Buzard
This is Mr. Buzard's fourth 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, Mr. Buzard holds the position of Assistant Athletic Director. 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!
Ms. MacKensye Ancona
Ms. Ancona is excited to join the Middle School team as a special education provider as well as assisting with the general education curriculum. She previously worked with the fifth grade students during the 2014-2015 school year. She graduated from CMU with a Special Education Degree.
In her spare time she likes dance and sing. She has a golden lab that is 100 pounds, but does not live with her. Her parents live in California, so she travels to California every year. She has been to France and England, but would really love to travel to Italy in the near future. She became a teacher because she wants to help every child see their full potential and create goals that are destined to reach.
Mrs. Megan Liphard
Mrs. Liphard is new to the Renaissance Academy team. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2009 with an Elementary Education Bachelors degree and with endorsements in Science and Language Arts. In 2011 she graduated from Concordia University of Chicago with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and with an ESL endorsement. Since graduating, she has been a part-time and long-term substitute in both Illinois and Michigan schools. She has also been a paraprofessional through the SASED program in Downers Grove Illinois; as well as a Title One teacher over at Carpenter Elementary in Midland Michigan. She looks forward to her new position in the Renaissance Academy Middle School.
On September 5, 2015 Mrs. Liphard was married at the Swann Plantation in Sevierville Tennessee to Jamie Liphard. They reside with her in-laws in Midland; as they are currently building a home. Mrs. Liphard has enjoyed her move to Michigan; taking advantage of the numerous rivers to float on, ski resorts, lakefront beaches, and trails. She enjoys activities outdoors and hopes to someday have her own garden when the house is finished. Although her heart still lies with her Chicago teams, she does still enjoy football, baseball and hockey season here in Michigan.
Mrs. Therese Hubbell
Mrs. Hubbell is brand new to Renaissance Academy this year. This is her third year teaching Middle School, though. In addition to being a teacher, Mrs. Hubbell has four daughters and exchange students 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.