MTMS Staff & Supports
Executive Director - Curtis Kleisinger, B.Ed., B.A., M.A.
Curtis received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina in 1996 and Bachelor of Arts in History from Campion College at the University of Regina in 1999. He also completed an M.A. in Educational Leadership via the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame in 2016.
Curtis taught at the high school level in the Regina Catholic School Division for fourteen years before taking on the challenge of becoming the founding principal of Canada’s first Jesuit middle school based on the NativityMiguel model. Under his guidance and leadership, Mother Teresa Middle School opened its doors in 2011. Curtis moved into the role of Executive Director/CEO of Mother Teresa Middle School in 2013.
Curtis was inducted into the Jesuit Honor Society - Alpha Sigma Nu in 2015 and received the Magis Medal as one of 100 Alpha Sigma Nu Members who best exemplify scholarship, loyalty, and service in their work to better the world. He was the recipient of Campion College Alumni of Distinction Award (2014), the Regina Catholic Schools Catholic Leadership Award (2013) and the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation (2009). In 2008, he was named a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. He currently serves on the Saskatchewan War Memorial Committee and on the Board of Governors for the Saskatchewan Corps of Commissionaires.
Principal - Terri Cote, B.Ed.
Terri brings over twenty years of teaching experience to MTMS. She has a deep passion for educating students in marginalized communities. Terri is exceptionally creative and is known as a leader and innovator in curriculum and instruction. She was the first 6th grade teacher at MTMS after spending 15 years at Sacred Heart Community School. Terri has been recognized on a number of occasions for her teaching excellence. In 1998, she was awarded the Roy C. Hill Award, Great Merit and in 2009, she was part of a Sterling McDowell Research Project which focused on “Unleashing the Power of Collective Intelligence”.
Director of Development - Lindsey Longstaff
Lindsey is passionate about helping others, especially children, realize their full potential and feel connected to the world around them. She brings over 17 years of experience in communications and media, working as a video journalist and anchor for three of Canada’s major television news organizations and, most recently, as a communications consultant. Outside of work she’s dedicated countless hours to local charities - serving on boards and committees, as well as well as planning fundraising events. Lindsey loves to meet new people, find out what they are passionate about and help connect them to it. She believes strongly in the life-changing work being done at MTMS and is extremely proud to be part of the team.
Director of Student Support/Graduate Support Director - Ron Gonzales, BPAS, B.Ed.
Ron brings over seventeen years of experience in education. Ron began his teaching career with the Ranch Ehrlo Society in 1998. He served as a teacher/youth mentor in the Guidance Department of Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School for ten years before moving to St. Luke School. A two time Canadian body building champion, Ron has a passion for health and wellness. He spent five years as a collegiate wrestler at the University of Regina, and coached the men’s wrestling team to a gold medal and the women’s team to a silver medal at the Canada Summer Games in 2005. Ron’s positive energy and enthusiasm makes him a wonderful mentor and role model for students.
Courtney is excited to begin a new journey of working with the students and families of the MTMS Team. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that she has earned over her eight-year career as a social worker. Courtney is dedicated to making a positive impact within the MTMS community and believes strongly in Mother Teresa's commitment to building meaningful lasting relationships with our students, their families and our community. Courtney obtained a degree in Social Work from University of Regina in 2010, and her extensive background in providing community support services makes her a valuable asset to the MTMS team. Outside of work, Courtney is a proud mother of two children who inspire her daily to be the best version of herself. As well, Courtney is a dedicated member of the provinces farming community and sits as a director on many agricultural committees. Courtney is excited to share her passion for sports and higher learning with the students of MTMS and she is eager about all the new challenges that lie ahead, but is looking forward to growing personally and professionally through her interactions with the MTMS School Community.
College & Career Coach - Lyndsay MacPherson, B.Ed.
Lyndsay is a graduate of the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. Prior to completing her internship with MTMS, Lyndsay spent time volunteering at the school. After completing her internship, Lyndsay was nominated and became the recipient of the Myrtle A. McGee scholarship. She is passionate about working alongside students, families and community members and has built relationships at MTMS.
College and Career Coach - Liz Fogarty , B.Ed., B.A. Honours
Liz is an “unretired” high school teacher who brings over 30 years of experience to MTMS, with a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in Visual Arts and minoring in Christian Ethics. While teaching, Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Theology. Throughout her career, Liz has had the good fortune of having had a diversity of teaching experiences. These range from regular classroom teacher to alternative educator at St. Luke’s School where she served as a teacher, guidance counsellor and lay chaplain, to program developer for Regina Catholic Schools in the area of drug and alcohol education. Finally, as a teacher of Advanced Placement programming in Psychology, she left that program the most successful course of its kind in Canada as she retired from Regina Catholic Schools. Liz then went on to supervise teacher interns for First Nations University, as she continued to volunteer for and serve on the boards of organizations focusing on childhood and adolescent advocacy for at risk populations. Happily married for 36 years, mother of four and grandmother of seven, Liz looks forward to building positive relationships with the students and families of MTMS that lead to success for all.
Student Service Assistant - Evan Whitestar
Evan is a "Cree", from the Pasqua First Nation. He brings a wealth of knowledge in traditional First Nation cultural ways. As an elder's helper Evan is actively involved in various ceremonies and religious events. Evan is a drum carrier whom loves to sing and share the gift of the drum whenever, wherever he is needed. Evan is eager and excited to be a part of the Mother Teresa family and hopes to contribute in anyway that he can.
Teacher – Grade 8 – Greg Rieder, B.Ed.
Greg brings over fifteen years of teaching experience to MTMS, and comes from St. Matthew School. He spent 10 years as a radio news reporter and disc jockey (announcer), prior to attending university. Greg taught for 9 years at Holy Rosary Community School, followed by a year as a teacher on special assignment with education technology for Regina Catholic Schools. Greg has a passion for integrating technology into teaching and he looks forward to sharing his experience and enthusiasm with the students of MTMS.
Teacher – Grade 7 - Jane Brundige, B.Ed.
Jane was a recent graduate from the University of Regina and was briefly employed with the Regina Public Board of Education. Prior to interning at MTMS, Jane was a volunteer with the school. Jane’s passion for dance influences the values that she places on the arts in education. Jane is excited to share her enthusiasm, innovation, and passion with the students of Mother Teresa Middle School.
Teacher – Grade 6 – Harmony McMillan, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Harmony joins MTMS after ten years of teaching in both local and international contexts. Her journey began in Asia, first teaching English in central China and then later at an international school in Hong Kong before she moved to Regina where she has spent the last five years teaching with Regina Public Schools. As a former provincial softball athlete and U of R Cougar Women’s Basketball player, Harmony brings a passion for sport and physical literacy to MTMS. Harmony loves finding innovative ways to engage students in their learning. She is excited to share her enthusiasm for social justice, multiculturalism and technological literacy with the MTMS community.
Teacher/ I.T. Coodinator – Grade 6, 7, 8 – David Nelson, B.Ed.
David began at MTMS in 2012 and brings a lot of expertise from previous teaching and life experiences. He spent his first three years teaching in the Regina Public School division. He comes to MTMS offering an extensive knowledge of music, as well as he has a passion for physical education and science. David also maintains the technology at the school and offers plans of improvement to enhance the students technological literacy. David is a young, enthusiastic teacher and a great asset to the MTMS Community.
Office Manager - Laura Liebel
Laura has several years of experience with Regina Catholic Schools, both working with students and as an office manager. Laura is a caring and enthusiastic person who eagerly took on the challenges of Office Manager at MTMS. Her strong multi-tasking abilities have proven to be highly valuable to the MTMS staff, students, and parents.
Administrative Assistant - Nicole Rueve
Nicole has over 15 years’ experience with Regina Catholic Schools starting at Michael A. Riffel as an administrative assistant. She then moved to St. Matthew as an office manager and then to Ecole St. Mary. Nicole is a compassionate and enthusiastic person and is excited for another year at MTMS.
Bus Driver – Kirk R.D. Steedman
Kirk has several years of experience bus driving and continues to enjoy the involvement of children in his life. When not driving a school bus Kirk runs his own publishing company which is now in year 21. Kirk is married to his lovely wife Janice.
Bus Driver – Stan Klisowsky
Stan’s first year with Mother Teresa Middle School has been positive and he has become part of the Mother Teresa Middle School family. He has had several years of experience as a bus driver, and with his cheerful disposition eagerly got to know the students and staff.
Nutrition Support – Imelda Naconial
Imelda works part time preparing daily nutritious meals and snacks for the students. She is always eager to help when called upon for special occasions. Her friendly demeanor in the lunch room makes her a favorite with the staff and students.
The Board of MTMS includes:
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|Fr. John Meehan, S.J||Laurie Powers (treasurer)|