Curtis Kleisinger, BA ’99

Executive Director, Mother Teresa Middle School (MTMS)

2014 Honouree

Curtis Kleisinger is a teacher and school administrator dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children in Regina.

Curtis received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina in 1996 and Bachelor of Arts in History through Campion College in 1999. He taught at the high school level in the Regina Catholic School Division for fourteen years before taking on the challenge of founding principal of Canada’s first Jesuit middle school based on the NativityMiguel model. Under his guidance and leadership, the Mother Teresa Middle School (MTMS) opened its doors to 17 Grade 6 students in 2011 with the goal of helping to break the cycle of poverty amongst the marginalized in Regina’s inner city.

Curtis moved into the role of executive director at MTMS in 2013. Through his leadership, Curtis inspires his staff to go beyond expectations in their daily work, become advocates for their students, and implement programs that yield outstanding results. As well, his passion and dedication to the school has prompted more than 100 volunteers, including 35 mentors, to give of their time and talents for the benefit of the students at MTMS.

He is the recipient of 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. Always striving for more, Curtis is working toward a Master’s degree in Catholic School Management from the University of Notre Dame. The Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at Notre Dame, part of the Alliance for Catholic Education, is dedicated to developing transformational leaders in Catholic Education.