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.
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.
Miss. Klein is a graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic High School. After graduating from high school she went on to study at Saint Leo University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Management and a minor in Multimedia. Miss. Klein began her teaching career at Holy Trinity Lutheran School. This will be Miss. Klein’s first year at St. Peter Claver Catholic School as the Kindergarten teacher.
- Bachelors Saint Leo University (2015)
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
- Diploma Saint Petersburg Catholic High School (2010)
- Bachelors St. Leo University (2015)
- Bachelors University of South Florida
- Diploma Jesuit Tampa (2001)
- Bachelors St. Petersburg College (2013)
- Masters Southern New Hampshire University (2016)
Mrs. Rice-Spencer grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her twin sister who is also a teacher. Mrs. Rice-Spencer and her husband, James, moved to Florida in 2010. James has been serving in the US Air Force for the last twenty years. Mrs. Rice-Spencer and her husband have two girls: Morgan & Mackenzie. She graduated from USF with a Bachelor's degree in 2012 and is currently working towards her Masters. She is very excited to be joining the team at St. Peter Claver and is greatful to God for the opportunity.
- Associates Hillsborough Community College (2011)
- Bachelors University of South Florida (2012)
- Masters University of South Florida (Pursuing)
- Diploma Academy of the Holy Names (1990)
- Bachelors University of South Florida (1994)
- Masters George Mason University (1998)
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
- Bachelors University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (1983)
- Masters East Texas State University (1985)
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 (Pursuing 2018)
- Bachelors Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1999)
Ms. Mann was raised here in the Tampa Bay area and attended St. Stephen Catholic Church and later Nativity Catholic church. She graduated from the University of South Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, and she is certified in the state of Florida to teach Social Studies and English. Ms. Mann taught English and writing for two years at a public high school, this her first year as the middle grades Social Studies teacher here at St. Peter Claver Catholic School, she is excited to be a part of this amazing community.
- Bachelors University of South Florida (2010)
- Bachelors Florida State University (2008)
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)
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.
- Associates Santa Fe Community College (1999)
- Bachelors Saint Leo University (2001)
- Masters Saint Leo University (2012)
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
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