Sister Maria Goretti Babatunde, SSMA was born and grew up in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. After graduating from secondary school Sister Maria joined the Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel in 1986. Sister made her first profession of vows on July 6, 1989 and her final profession of vows on July 6, 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio; an M.Ed in Counselor Education from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas; a Master of Arts in teaching and a Master of Science in Educational Administration, both from National University of San Diego, California.
Prior to joining St. Peter Claver, she was the principal of St. Peter Catholic School in Houston, Texas. Sister Maria loves her work as Principal at St. Peter Claver Catholic School where she has served since 2008. She loves working with the children and faces every challenge with determination and complete trust in God. Sister Maria loves to read, listen to music, sing, and travel.
Donna Ford is beginning her fifth year at St. Peter Claver School. Ms. Ford teaches the EC 3 class. She is originally from Roselle, New Jersey where she graduated with an Associate’s degree from Union County College in Cranford. Donna continued on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida Metropolitan University in Brandon, Florida. She plans to continue to work towards obtaining her Master’s in Ethics.
- Associates Union County College
- Bachelors Florida Metropolitan University
- Masters (In Progress)
Mrs. Fouch is a native of Argentina. She came to the United States in 2002 with a Degree in Law. Mrs. Fouch maintained her Florida Teacher Certification for the past 5 years and received her VPK staff credentials in 2010. She has worked as a EC assistant, Aftercare Director and EC 4 teacher. Mrs. Fouch is beginning her eighth year at St. Peter Claver Catholic School where she serves as the EC 4/VPK teacher and the Early Childhood Cluster Leader. Mrs. Fouch was recognized in September of 2013 as a Teacher of the Year by the State of Florida.
Ms. Pat Hayes obtained her B.A. degree in Psychology & Education from St. Francis College in N.Y. A native of Brooklyn, she joined the faculty of St. Peter Claver in 1988 shortly after the birth of her fifth and youngest, child. Ms. Hayes currently holds a Florida teaching certificate in the area of Primary Ed, as well as Psychology. Ms. Hayes serves as a Kindergarten teacher..
“St. Peter Claver is a ‘Diamond in the Rough’ with a long, blessed history.”
- Bachelors St. Francis College
Johann DeMelas was born and raised in Philadelphia. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA. She relocated to Florida in 1994 and has 2 sons and a daughter.
This is Ms. DeMelas’ 20th year at St. Peter Claver School. She initially came to St. Peter Claver to be placed on a substitute list. However she was offered a position when the school expanded to middle school and added a 6th grade class. In addition to teaching 6th grade, she also taught 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades.
“When I first arrived in 1997, I fell in love with the school and its rich history. The caring, loyal, and loving spirits of the children keep me at SPCCS. Our administration and staff are truly a wonderful group of people committed to making a difference in the lives of children that we teach. I am excited to continue the mission of St. Peter Claver Catholic School. With the support of friends, benefactors, dedicated teachers and administrators, SPCCS looks forward to a future filled with success.”
- Bachelors Holy Family University
- Bachelors University of South Florida
- Diploma Jesuit Tampa (2001)
Nathan Wiles is a transplant from the great State of Missouri. His wife, Lindsay, and three children have lived in Florida the last four years and enjoy the winter sunshine. They have been humbled in this walk of faith as God has been in all the details. God continues to guide them in new ways to serve.
Nathan received his Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a minor in Biology and his Masters in Elementary Education at the University of Missouri. Nathan enjoys the outdoors and playing all sports, especially basketball. Nathan has been blessed to have taught and coached for several years and is excited to be called to St. Peter Claver Catholic School.
“My past, O Lord, to Your Mercy; my present to Your Love; my future to Your Providence.”—Padre Pio
- Bachelors University of Missouri
- Masters University of Missouri
Anthony Fields was born in Birmingham, AL and in 1988 he and his parents relocated to Tampa, FL. He attended schools in Hillsborough County including Woodbridge Elementary, Roland Middle School, Jefferson High School and he graduated from Blake High School in 2000. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL (Go Hornets!).
While in college and after college he had the opportunity to work for the Parks of Recreation for Hillsborough County. He also, had the opportunity to do internships and substitute for Hillsborough County Schools. He enjoys spending time with his only child, Aniyah Fields, and he also enjoys playing flag football.
- Diploma Blake High School (2000)
- Bachelors Alabama State University (2008)
A native of Tampa, Florida, LoRandy earned a BA in Elementary Education from NOVA Southeastern University, MA in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University and recently completed her Doctorial Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
Her teaching career began with kindergarten and then continued to working with Exceptional Student Education (ESE) K-5 where she gained experience working with special needs students.
LoRandy is a passionate, committed and self-motivated educator who is dedicated to creating a stimulating and innovative learning environment. LoRandy was blessed with one son and is a member of St. John Cathedral Church in Tampa, Fl.
Her philosophy is: All children can learn, and I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.
- Bachelors NOVA Southeastern University
- Masters Argosy University
- Doctorate Argosy University
Nicole Angel is a Tampa native, living in south Tampa for the past 13 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Leo University and completed the Educator Preparation Institute Program at Hillsborough Community College.
A first time teacher, she comes from a social work and marketing background, also having worked as a substitute teacher in Hillsborough County. She spent the last 4 years managing the social media platforms at Jesuit High School for the Mother’s Club, Gaudiosa Fundraiser and the Varsity football team while her son was a student there.
She was currently selected for the Florida State University Family Connection Advisory Council. She is a mother to a daughter who is currently in the 8th grade at Wilson Middle and a son who is a freshman at FSU. They are members of Christ the King Catholic Church. She enjoys sailing, theatre and international travel.
- Bachelors St. Leo University
Mr. Havelka is a graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic High School. After graduating from high school he went on to study at the University of South Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mr. Havelka is beginning his sixth year at St. Peter Claver Catholic School where he has many different "hats." He currently serves as the Middle Grade Cluster Leader, the Middle Grade English Language Arts Teacher and the school's Instructional Coach. Mr. Havelka holds a Florida Professional Certification in Social Studies (6-12) & English (6-12), he is also certified in New Jersey for Social Studies (6-12).
Throughout his time at St. Peter Claver, he has served as the homeroom teacher for 6th, 7th, & 8th grades, moderated NJHS, NEHS, Safety Patrol, & Men of Vision. He has also served on the Step Up Parent Committee, Accreditation Committee, SPC Gala/Auction Committee, and coordinated the school's summer school program. Mr. Havelka has been recognized as Teacher of the Year (2013) by the State of Florida.
- Diploma Saint Petersburg Catholic High School (2007)
- Bachelors University of South Florida (2011)
- Masters Seton Hall University (In Progress 2018)
Mrs. Martinez is a cradle Catholic and very blessed to be working at St. Peter Claver Catholic School. Born and raised in Miami, Laura went to the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and her graduate work in Elementary Education. She came to Tampa when she met her husband, Jesus, who got a job transfer from Chicago. She has lived in the Valrico area for the past 12 years and taught in the public school system for the same amount of time. She is happily married with 3 children, Isaac, Veronica and Jesse. She attends Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon where her close family is active in Faith Formation. Teaching religion in a Catholic school has been one of her lifelong dreams.
- Bachelors University of Florida
- Masters University of Florida
Carmen Lusignan comes to St. Peter Claver with an extensive background in Visual and Performing Arts in Tampa Bay and degrees in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. A recent transplant from New Orleans via Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Lusignan has immersed herself in the local professional theatre community and calls downtown Tampa her “forever home." This is starting her 10th year in the diocese with previous tenures at St Joseph Catholic, Corpus Christi Catholic and St Stephen’s respectively. A member of the professional company ampa Repertory Theater, she has taken a hiatus as their Stage Manager- in- residence, dedicating her evenings full time to pursing further degrees in Education and Theatre Administration at St Petersburg College. She teaches kindergarten-8th grades Visual Arts and Theatre to middle grade students (6th-8th). She is the proud mother of two girls Hillary (sophomore at HCC) and Caroline (8th grade at St Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans).
Siegfried Grace was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He attended local public schools in the area. After graduating from high school, Siegfried attended Florida International University (FIU) after earning a football scholarship. As a student athlete, Siegfried contributed to bringing FIU its first ever bowl victory and conference championship. In 2012 he earned his B.A in Criminal Justice.
The 2015-2016 school year was Coach Grace's first year as the physical education teacher at St. Peter Claver. He hopes to educate students through athletic activities as well as teach them the importance of an education.
- Bachelors Florida International University
Mrs. Boggs is originally from Puerto Rico. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida and a Masters of Arts in Social Work from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. She obtained her license in Social Work in April of 2009. Mrs. Boggs speaks fluent Spanish.
Mrs. Boggs has provided services to children and their families as a case manager and mental health therapist for the past fourteen years, working mostly with non-profit agencies. Since 2013, Mrs. Boggs worked as the school social worker at St. Peter Claver Catholic School.
"One of the most important things I have learned from being a Mom and working with children is that they help and teach us as much as we help and teach them. I am looking forward to continuing to help the wonderful children and families at St. Peter Claver Catholic School."
- Bachelors University of Miami
- Masters Florida State University
Mary spent 29 years in the floral industry where she was the District Sales Manager/Marketing Director for the largest floral operation in the State of Wisconsin. She actively served on the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Upper Michigan Florist Association; Board of Directors for Professional Florists Association of Wisconsin; Board of Directors for FTD and Board of Directors for Teleflora.
When she moved to Florida in 2005 she became involved in St. Peter Claver School by working on the fundraising gala and never left.
- Diploma Saint Petersburg Catholic High School (2010)
- Bachelors St. Leo University (2015)
A New York native, Janet holds a BS in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education from Stony Brook University. She earned an MS in Advanced Classroom Teaching in Biology from SUNY at Albany while teaching life and earth science to students in Grades 7 and 8 in the Albany public school system. A Tampa resident since 1975, she is married and has two grown sons and three granddaughters.
Janet began teaching Biology and Algebra 1 at Jesuit High School when she first arrived in Tampa. As the school grew, more sections of biology were needed and Janet’s teaching was limited to Biology and Biology Honors. In 1985 Janet was appointed Head of the Science Department, a position she held until she was named Assistant Principal for Academics in 1999. Among the greatest pleasures she experienced was teaching both of her sons and the children of previous students. She also had the privilege of working with many prior students.
During her years at Jesuit, Janet was elected to the Faculty Council by her colleagues during those years she was eligible to be a member. She moderated the Tiger Annual, the school’s yearbook, which won state and national awards, for about a dozen years and oversaw the transition of that school publication from paper to computer submission. Soon after giving up the responsibility of producing the yearbook, Jesuit’s administration asked her to redesign the summer remedial reading class for incoming freshman. The course she designed, with help from local reading instructors, taught reading across the content areas and also instructed students in study skills. The latter came from her own experiences while teaching Jesuit’s students.
Janet’s major contribution as Assistant Principal was digitizing Jesuit’s academic records and moving the school to online academic and other school related communications. It was during her tenure that the school first used a Student Information System. Janet retired from Jesuit in 2012 after 37 years.
Janet is delighted to work with the students and faculty at St. Peter Claver. She finds the St. Peter Claver students very open to learning and has seen incredible growth both in individuals and the overall school. She credits a very determined principal and dedicated faculty and staff for the great amount of improvement shown in such a short time and expects to see continued improvement as St. Peter Claver moves into its 120th year and beyond.
- Bachelors Stony Brook University
- Masters State University of New York at Albany
Ms. Mixon was born in Manchester, CT but has lived in Tampa, FL most of her life. Having graduated from USF, she began her teaching career with elementary children. She later became a Media Specialist because of her love of reading. Since retiring from Hillsborough County school system she has volunteered at St. Peter Claver Catholic School. “I enjoy working with the children here and hope to instill the joy of reading.”
- Bachelors University of South Florida