In January 2017, the District for Eastern North America (DENA) featured LaSalle Albany’s Thomas Deguire in a feature ‘spotlight’ article which follows in its entirety:
As School Supervisor at the La Salle School in Albany and career Lasallian for 31 years, one of Thomas’s most important resources is the bond he shares with co-workers and mentors.
He began working for the Brothers while at school, when he was recommended for summer work by a football coach who was friends with Br. Richard Leo. He oversaw students, 18 children per division, in the residential hall, managing schedules, recreation, behavior, and discipline. He worked his way up to First Prefect, then the Education Department, and has been acting Supervisor for 25 years.
He highly respects his superiors, such as Br. Richard, Br. Andrew Lamb, Bill Wolff, Anne Moscinski, and Jim Meyer, for their drive and passion. As much as he does for students, he considers the staff his inspiration. “They’re just incredible people the way they keep that place going and the drive that they have,” he said. Now, as a supervisor for others, he too strives to be a good role model, advising newcomers on how to present themselves and work with students, especially since kids can gauge how committed an educator is to their work. “What you put into it is what you’re going to get back,” he said.
Thomas has attended the Christian Brothers Conference at Martin de Porres Educational Residence in Queens and toured of St Gabriel School in Philadelphia. He also arranges for students and staff to attend Albany Devils hockey games and invites players to speak at the school. Thomas Eagan, Supervisor of Records, considers Thomas a lifelong friend. “Tom’s character is second to none,” he said. “The students could not witness a more complete role model.” Anne Moscinski, Associate Executive Director, values Deguire’s professionalism and team-building abilities: “He generously uses his skill to de-escalate situations and foster a safe environment.”
LaSalle School is a leader in programs and services for youth and families in crisis offering a variety of programs designed to meet their needs including specialized residential placement, day service education, and alternative to detention services. The Counseling Center at LaSalle is an OMH and OASAS licensed outpatient behavioral health clinic located at LaSalle School, and currently implementing ACE treatment practices with youth and families. LaSalle is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), and affiliated with the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), and the national Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. LaSalle is a member of The New York State Coalition of 853 Schools.