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, the Board of Governors for the Saskatchewan Corps of Commissionaires and on the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Province of Saskatchewan.
Principal - Terri Cote, B.Ed. , M.Ed.
Terri brings 28 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”. She has completed her master's degree in curriculum and instruction in August 2017. Terri is also serving on the Board of Directors serving the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) for her third term.
Director of Development – Mira Trebilcock, B.A., M.Sc.
Mira’s passion for philanthropy is rooted in connecting people to causes they care deeply about to drive positive social change, with a specific focus on providing educational opportunities. Having worked for various non-profit organizations and independent schools, she brings a diverse background in fundraising, business development and communications. Mira holds a BA from Lake Forest College and is working to complete her MSc from the University of Regina. As a former NCAA hockey and soccer athlete, she hopes to share her passion for sport and higher learning with the students and greater MTMS community.
Director of Student Support/Graduate Support Director - Ron Gonzales, BPAS, B.Ed.
Ron has twenty-two 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.
Intervention Facilitator - Jane Brundige, B.Ed.
Jane has had the pleasure of being a part of the Mother Teresa Middle School family since 2011. She began as a volunteer in the grade 6 classroom. The following year Jane was given the opportunity of interning under Terri Cote in the grade 6 classroom. Jane completed her education degree at the University of Regina in 2012. She began her teaching career with Regina Public Schools in a grade 7/8 classroom. In the fall of 2013, she then took on the role of the grade 7 teacher at MTMS for the next five years. Jane is now in the role of Intervention Facilitator where she loves being able to work with the students in grade 6 all the way up to the alumni in post secondary. Jane loves the MTMS mission and believes that at the heart of what we do is the relationships with our students and families – this is her favourite part of her job!
School Community Outreach Coordinator – Courtney MacDougall, B.SW.
Courtney is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Worker at the University of Regina. Courtney has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she has earned over her ten-year career as a social worker. Courtney has extensive experience in community support services. She believes strongly in Mother Teresa's commitment to building meaningful lasting relationships and prides herself in doing just that with our students, their families and our community. Outside of work, Courtney is a proud mother of two children who inspire her daily to be the best version of herself and to lead by example. Courtney believes in giving back to your fellow citizens and community through a commitment of time, thus she is a dedicated member of the provinces farming community and sits as a director on many agricultural committees as well as coaches many athletic teams. Courtney enjoys being provided the opportunity to share her passion for sports and higher learning with the students of MTMS.
School Community Outreach Coordinator - Amber Bayda, B.SW.
Amber completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Regina in 2014. Following completion of her degree, Amber has worked primarily with families through various support programs and shelters at the YWCA Regina. Following this work, Amber also gained valuable experience at the Ministry of Social Services and finally as a Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Health Authority prior to joining the MTMS team. Amber has spent the last two years working towards obtaining her Master of Social Work degree through the University of Dalhousie distance program and will be completed April 2021. Amber is excited to spend the next year working together with the families at MTMS, filling in for Becky Bernhardt while she is on maternity leave.
College & Career Coach - Jordan Puscus, B.SW., M.SW.
Jordan completed his Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Regina in 2012. Following the completion of his degree he worked as a Youth Probation Officer with the Government of Saskatchewan. Jordan decided to return to school and attended the University of Calgary where he obtained his Master of Social Work degree in 2015. Since that time Jordan has worked for the Ministry of Social Services and Cornwall Alternative School before joining our team. Jordan is passionate about serving the youth of our school and supporting them on their journey to become post-secondary students and future professionals. Jordan has a strong passion for basketball and continues to stay involved with the sport through coaching.
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 excited to be a part of the Mother Teresa family and contributing in anyway that he can.
Teacher – Grade 8 – Greg Rieder, B.Ed.
Greg brought 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 – Jayde McFee, B. Ed., B. H.J.
Jayde graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Education, as well as a Bachelor of Human Justice in 2015. After completing her post secondary education she began her teaching career at St. Mary High School in her hometown of Prince Albert, SK. After two and a half years of teaching in Prince Albert, Jayde is very excited to join the MTMS family. As a former University of Regina soccer player, who has experience in both justice and education, she values teamwork, commitment, and finding innovative ways to support student learning and well being. Jayde is dedicated to making a positive impact within the MTMS community
Teacher – Grade 6 – Harmony McMillan, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Harmony joined our MTMS family 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. She spent the five following years at Jack MacKenzie School in Regina. As a former provincial softball athlete and U of R Cougar Women’s Basketball player, Harmony brings a passion for sport and coaching to MTMS. In the classroom, she loves finding innovative ways to engage students in their learning. Harmony completed her Masters in Education from the University of Regina in 2016.
Teacher/ I.T. Coordinator – Grade 6, 7, 8 – David Nelson, B.Ed., M.E.T.
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 student’s digital literacy. David is a young, enthusiastic teacher and a great asset to the MTMS Community. David completed his Masters in Education Technology from the University of British Columbia in 2019, and is currently working towards a certificate in educational technology through Queens University.
Executive Assistant - 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 Executive Assistant at MTMS. Her strong multi-tasking abilities have proven to be highly valuable to the MTMS staff, students, and parents.
Administrative Assistant - Nicole Rueve, B.A.
Nicole is a graduate of the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology. Nicole has many 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 followed by Ecole St. Mary. Wanting a bit more time for family Nicole accepted the part-time Administrative Assistant position at MTMS. Nicole is a compassionate and enthusiastic person and is enjoying her time with the MTMS community.
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.
Bus Driver - Vlad Panio
Vlad is a retired teacher and a graduate of the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Education degree. Vlad is a musician who has played for countless weddings, anniversaries, stage shows and television performances. Vlad has recorded four record albums and four cd’s throughout his musical career. Consequently, Vlad has received a Legendary Achievement Award and Legend of Ukrainian Music Award. Vlad still has his orchestra and plays for some occasions a few times a year such as entertaining at Danceland at Manitou Beach, Sask. Vlad also has many years of experience as a school bus driver and still enjoys working and interacting with students.
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:
Paul Hil Mo Bundon Reverend Dr. Sami Helewa, S.J.