Tom brings over thirty years of experience as a teacher, educational leader and administrator at St. Paul’s High School to the wonderful challenge of leading the establishment of Gonzaga Middle School as the first Nativity model school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tom taught Chemistry, Biology, Science and several Religion courses at St. Paul’s. He also served as Science Department Head, Pastoral Team Chairperson, Vice-Principal and then Principal for the last 11 years.
During his sabbatical year Tom took on the role of Project Director for the Winnipeg Nativity School Feasibility Study which culminated in the decision by the Working Committee to launch Gonzaga Middle School.
In the past, Tom has directed the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, has served as Vice-President and then President of the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba for several years and has also coached volleyball and soccer at the school and club level. Tom looks forward to bringing his passion for educating young people to his work for GMS.
Siobhan brings over thirty years of teaching and educational support experience with at-risk youth, indigenous and new-Canadian students and communities to GMS. For twenty five years she worked for the Winnipeg School Division in the Inner City District as a classroom, resource, guidance and Special Education resource teacher. Siobhan has also worked in the Interlake School Division as a Student Services Administrator and Aboriginal Education program developer and implementer. She also serves on the Manitoba Treaty Relations Commission Provincial Facilitation team and comes to GMS after serving most recently in Seine River School Division as a Guidance Counsellor and Instructional Coach. She is known as a strong advocate for children who builds strong relationships with students and families. Siobhan looks forward to mentoring students and supporting teaching and learning and families at GMS.
Laurie-Anne brings over twenty years of teaching experience to GMS. She has a deep passion for developing students’ literacy skills and is known as an instructional leader and innovator. Laurie-Anne is a strong advocate for assessing and meeting student needs. She is a leader in integrating technology into teaching and learning. She comes to GMS from St. Alphonsus Catholic School where she has taught for over 15 years. Having grown up in The Pas, she is proud of her Metis heritage and after graduating from the University of Manitoba she returned to northern Manitoba and taught for several years at George Knott School in Wasagamack First Nation and also at schools in The Pas and Thompson. She has been an active member of the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg including serving on the executive for many years. Laurie-Anne is looking forward to new challenges and opportunities to teach and serve children and the community as a teacher at GMS.
Alyson brings energy and enthusiasm as the lead Grade 7 teacher at GMS. She recently graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education, Middle Years stream, after previously completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and History, also at the U of M. She completed two very successful teaching practicums at St. George and Frontenac schools where in addition to teaching a variety of subjects she helped to start innovative projects, coached and strongly connected with students of diverse backgrounds. Alyson grew up in Winnipeg in a socially conscious family, played hockey and a variety of other sports and is proud of her Metis heritage. She brings diverse experiences such as a four-month internship in Africa (Ghana) with an NGO, volunteering on an eight-week U of M program on building Indigenous identity and confidence while linking Indigenous ways of knowing to the Manitoba Science curriculum at a school in Louis Riel school division, and working as a Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg Summer CSI Camp instructor at Norquay School. Alyson also brings a passion for social studies, Indigenous perspectives, outdoor education and environmental sustainability and is looking forward to positively impacting the education and lives of students at GMS.
David brings experience teaching a variety of subjects, a passion for meeting student learning needs and dedication to building a positive, inclusive learning community to GMS. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg’s integrated Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education program with an emphasis on History and Middle Years education. He is currently completing a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education – Special Education Certificate at the University of Manitoba. He also completed a French Immersion for Teachers program at the University of St. Boniface. David will teach Phys Ed and French in Grades 6 and 7, and will co-teach Grade 7 Mathematics and support student learning in other subjects. David grew up in Winnipeg in a family of educators and has coached team handball, basketball, facilitated an Art club, is an avid reader and is interested in many sports. He looks forward to contributing his athletic and artistic skills in the GMS community both in the classroom and the diverse after-school enrichment program.
As a certified professional in Management and Administration (CIM), and Human Resource Management (HRM), Danica provides a diverse set of administration and human resource skills and brings years of experience in the human capital management, non-profit and indigenous culture and education sector. As a former graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, and within a Metis family, Danica hopes to share her experiences, compassionate heart and humour with students and their families. She has the ability to build strong and trusted relationships through her commitment to high ethical and professional standards and willingness to take responsibility and be accountable in all that she does, both personally and professionally. Through positive leadership, she looks forward to working with the GMS family, students, parents and the community.
Audrey comes to Gonzaga Middle School after recently graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences. She brings her knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating, Manitoba school nutrition guidelines and experience as a Nutritional Assistant with the Immigrant Centre, a kitchen helper with the Healthy Mom and Me Program, and a food service worker to Gonzaga Middle School. She works part-time preparing daily nutritious meals and snacks for the students and will be part of the Gonzaga team supporting student’s health and learning each day.
Principal Position: The Executive Director and Principal positions will be divided when the first Grade 8 class begins this summer. Tom Lussier will continue in the role of Executive Director (Head of School). We are, therefore, hiring a Principal to begin in the summer of 2018 in preparation for the upcoming school year.
We have hired our new Principal who will begin July 1, 2018.
Rachael brings many years of experience as a teacher, inclusive education specialist, school administrator in rural and urban Catholic schools in Alberta, and most recently as Principal at a parochial Catholic school in Winnipeg. She has worked with students from all grade levels and with a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
Rachael grew up in Winnipeg and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg. She then went on to the University of North Dakota and where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education.
Rachael is excited to take on a leadership role at Gonzaga Middle School. She looks forward to bringing her passion for life-long learning and working with students to help them fulfill their potential. She also looks forward to establishing strong relationships with families and the community and making a strong contribution to the GMS educational team.
We have hired a Grade 8 teacher to begin in September 2018. Details to be announced.