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 brings 19 years of experience in the human capital management, non-profit and indigenous culture and education sector. With her most recent experience with the Louis Riel Institute, within the Manitoba Metis Federation, she provides a diverse set of administration and human resource skills. 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 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.
Additional positions will become available as the school adds a Grade 8 class in 2018. The Executive Director and Principal positions will be divided when the Grade 8 class begins with Tom Lussier continuing in the role of Executive Director beginning in the summer of 2018. The Principal position will be posted in early 2018. Other positions will be posted as the need arises.
Gonzaga Middle School provides a strong benefits program and competitive remuneration. At GMS, we will strive to represent the community we serve.