Employment Opportunities:

Advancement Manager Posting: This is the official Call for Interest for the Advancement Manager Position which includes a detailed job description and application requirements. Applications are due by 11:59 pm, December 4, 2022. 

Gonzaga Middle School provides very competitive remuneration and a strong benefits program. At GMS, we will strive to represent the community we serve.

Current Staff:

 

Executive Director

Mr. Tom Lussier, B.Sc., Cert. Ed., M. Ed.

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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. He served as Principal at GMS for the first two years after GMS opened and will resume the role for the current school year.

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.

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Principal

Mr. Rex Ferguson-Baird

Mr. Ferguson Baird comes to GMS with over thirty years of experience teaching and leading youth from all neighbourhoods in the city. He excelled as a school leader over the last 15 years in his role as Principal of Brooklands School and was recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2016. In 2020 he was awarded the prestigious Canada’s Distinguished Principal of the Year Award by the Canadian Association of Principals.  In addition to these personal recognitions, Brooklands School and staff earned multiple local, provincial, and national awards during his service as Principal.  Rex is excited to bring his commitment to innovation in helping teachers work with students to overcome barriers to learning; in building environments of success with students; and in fostering healthy connections between parents, caregivers, and schools.  He looks forward to collaborating with Mr. Lussier in leading GMS in its mission to change lives and break the cycle of poverty through education.

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Student and Graduate Support Director

Siobhan Faulkner, B.A., B.Ed., Post. Bac.

(Guidance and Counselling)

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.

 

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Student Support and Community Outreach Worker

Ms Takana Lantin, B.SW., RSW

Ms Lantin comes to us with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba.  She brings extensive experience working with underserved children.  She is excited to bring her lifelong commitment to learning, and seven years of social services experience as a child welfare worker.  She looks forward to working closely with our Student and Graduate Support team in supporting students in their time at GMS and through high school and post-secondary studies.  She also looks forward to collaborating with parents and families and building connections in the broader community to further support students’ growth, education and resilience.

 

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Grade 6 Lead Teacher, Grade 8 Social Studies

Laurie-Anne Regula, B.Ed.

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 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.

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Student and Graduate Support Assistant

Mr Neil Hussain, B.SW., RSW

Mr Hussain comes to us with a Bachelor of Social Work from Booth University College.  He brings over eight years of experience working with underserved children, adults and families in a variety of settings including Marymound, Sara Riel, St. Rafael’s Centre, N.E.E.D.S. Inc., and Nadinwe. He brings these experiences as a person-centered, strength-based individual and group counsellor and support worker to GMS in supporting students, graduates and families.  He looks forward to working closely with our Student and Graduate Support team in collaborating with families and working with students throughout their educational journey at GMS and through high school and post-secondary studies. 

 

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Grade 7 Lead Teacher and Grades 6, 7 and 8 French

Melysa McEvoy, B.A., B.Ed.

Melysa brings dedication and passion as the lead Grade 7 teacher at GMS. She recently graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education, Middle Years stream (French and Sociology), after previously completing a Bachelor of Arts, also at the U of M. She completed two very successful teaching practicums first at Ecole Charleswood School, and then at Brooklands school, where in addition to teaching a variety of subjects she created a lunchtime club for students, supported students with exceptional needs and working one-on-one with students.  Melysa grew up in Winnipeg, played competitive volleyball for many years and a variety of other sports while in school. Melysa also brings a passion for French and sharing her interests and enthusiasm for learning with students.  She is looking forward to positively affecting the education and lives of students at GMS.

 

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Grade  7 and 8 Science, Grades 6, 7, 8 Music and Grade 6 through 8 English and Math Support Teacher.

Pamela Sarfo, B.Sc., B.Ed.

Pamela brings energy and enthusiasm to GMS as the Grade 7 and 8 Science teacher, will collaborate with our Music specialist in Grades 6 to 8 and will also support English and Math instruction in Grades 6 through 8. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science (in Physics) from the Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, she moved to Canada and completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Brandon. After teaching for a year in Ecole Morden Middle School, she looks forward to bringing high learning expectations to GMS while meeting the diverse needs of our learners. She brings a passion for music, singing and technology to GMS.   She also brings significant experience tutoring middle years and high school students to GMS. She is looking forward to contributing a diverse perspective to the GMS team as we inspire our students to strive toward excellence in their education and develop towards their full potential.

 

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Grade 8 English, Mathematics and Grades 6, 7, 8 Physical Education Teacher

Leah Bernhardt, B.Sc., B.Ed.

Leah brings enthusiasm and commitment to GMS as the lead Grade 8 English Language Arts and Mathematics teacher and Physical Education teacher at GMS. She recently graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education, Senior Years stream (Biology and General Science), after previously completing a Bachelor of Science, also at the U of M. She completed two very successful teaching practicums at Murdoch Mackay and Dakota high schools where she strongly connected with students of diverse backgrounds.  Leah grew up in Winnipeg participating in a variety of sports and debate teams while in school. She worked as an instructor with WISE KidNetic Energy workshops. She also brings a passion for of equity, diversity, inclusion and the importance of Indigenous perspectives in education to GMS. She is looking forward to creating an inclusive classroom based on mutual respect while inspiring students to do their best, and helping them develop towards their potential.

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Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

Danica Kyrzyk, C.I.M., C.Mgr.

As a certified professional in Management and Administration 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.

 

Nutrition Support Worker

Katherine McLaren

Katherine comes to Gonzaga Middle School with extensive experience as a chef and cook at diverse Winnipeg restaurant kitchens. She brings her knowledge of food preparation, kitchen management and sanitation, food sourcing and menu preparation to the well established nutrition program at GMS. She will maintain the nutrition and healthy eating practices at GMS and adherence to Manitoba school nutrition guidelines while using her creativity and experience to improve the nutrition program at GMS.  She works part-time at GMS 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.