Meet Our Administration

Joe ThomasMr. Joe Thomas

Mr. Joe Thomas joined the Saint Peter the Apostle School family in April 2014.  He has a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Georgia Southern University and Certifications in Social Studies, Science and P.E
Retired from Savannah Chatham County Board of Education; after retirement, Mr. Thomas went back to the public school system as Interim Assistant Principal at Shuman Middle School and as School Board Hearing Officer.
Mr. Thomas is married to Betty G. Thomas and has a daughter Jennifer T. Woelber and a son Joseph A. Thomas, Jr.  Mr. Thomas enjoys weight training, fishing, and basketball.

15-560Joe Thomas said, “We can never teach our kids too much about values, and respect for one another and loving one another.”




Helena RussellMrs. Helena Russell
Curriculum Coordinator/Art Teacher

Mrs. Helena Russell has a Bachelor of Science in Education/Art Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She has been teaching at SPA for 22 years and has been the Curriculum Director for 8 years Mrs. Russell sits on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Implementation Team and the Ace Collaborative Team for the Social Studies curriculum both for the Diocese of Savannah.
Married to Steve, Mrs. Russell has a 17-year-old daughter Maddie and 12-year-old son Noah.
Mrs. Russell loves the beach, reading, movies, music, photography, and painting. And, for the record, she is a HUGE Elvis fan!



Mrs. Shandra Peecksen
School Administrative Assistant/Health Office


Mrs. Shandra Peecksen and her family have been members of St. Peter the Apostle School for over twenty years. She and her husband John have 3 daughters, Taylor, Katherine and Caroline who enjoyed being students at SPA. Mrs. Peecksen started as a paraprofessional in 2005 with Mrs. Seginack in Pre-K. She is finishing her BA in Sociology with minors in Education and History from The University of Louisville. Mrs. Peecksen is happy to be Together again with her St. Peter’s family.

Miss Krista Ray
Athletic Director



Gary 150Mr. Gary Johnson
Assistant Athletic Director

Mr. Johnson has been a member of Nativity/Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic School since 1980.  He has served as the Athletic Director or Asst. Athletic Director at SPAS for the past 14 years.





Mrs. Ellen Tate
School Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Tate has been in education for 40+ years.  She earned her Bachelors Degree from the University of South Florida and her Masters in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Central Florida.
Mrs. Tate taught high school in Florida for 12 years before joining Savannah College of Art and Design as the school’s first Guidance Counselor.  She then taught in the Savannah Chatham Public School System for several years before moving to Savannah Country Day School where she retired from in 2015.  That same year she joined the staff of St. Peter the Apostle as part-time Guidance Counselor.









Mrs. Lucy Fonseca
Extended Day Program Director

Mrs. Fonseca is the Director of the Extended Day Program.  For more information about the Extended Day, Program click here.


School Campus/Church Grounds Staff:

Ms. Chara Hatchett






Mr. Chris Knight









Principal Mr. Joseph Thomas
Pastor Fr. Michael Kavanaugh
Parochial Vicar/School Moderator Msgr. P. James Costigan
Curriculum Coordinator/Art Teacher Mrs. Helena Russell
School Administrative Asst. Mrs. Shandra Peecksen
Communication Coordinator/Spanish & Music Teacher Mrs. Ana Portman
Guidance Counselor Mrs. Ellen Tate