Enrichment Faculty and Staff

Art
Teacher: Mrs. Helena Russell
Kindergarten – 8th Grade
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Mrs. Helena Russell obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education/Art Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University.  She has been teaching art at Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic School for 25 years; she has been the Curriculum Director for 10 years.  Mrs. Russell sits on the SACS Implementation Team and the Ace Collaborative Team for the Social Studies curriculum both for the Diocese of Savannah
Mrs. Russell uses a Discipline Based Art Education approach in teaching art. This approach emphasizes the elements and principles of design through art criticism, art history, art production, and aesthetics.
She has a daughter, Maddie in college and a son Noah, who attends St. Peter the Apostle School.  Mrs. Russell loves the beach, reading, movies, music, photography and painting. And, for the record, she is a HUGE Elvis fan!

art 560Helena Russell said, “I want our students to learn that art is not always just about making something. I want the students to come away from my program with an appreciation for the arts.   Art came into my life fairly late in my educational career. I did not have art class in elementary and middle school. I took my first art class in high school at Saint Vincent’s Academy. I realized then that I had some artistic talent. I fell in love with art in High School.  It wasn’t until I took an Art History class at Armstrong, that I realized I wanted to pursue Art as a career. I loved working with children, too. A career in Art education was a way for me to foster my love for art and children at the same time.  I want to give my students the opportunity to learn about art that I did not have. There are students that struggle academically, but excel in art. Art can be an outlet for these students. It gives them an opportunity to shine and boosts self confidence in the process.”

Spanish & Music
Teacher:  Mrs. Ana Portman
PreK – 8th Grade
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Mrs. Portman has 20 years of experience in education, 18 of at Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic School. Mrs. Portman majored in Music and Voice at M. Frances Jenny School of Music. She is the Director of St. Peter’s Youth Choir and currently teaches Spanish and Music to students from PreK through 8th grade.
Mrs. Portman is married and the proud mother of two sons, both of whom are graduates of SPA, and can often be heard playing piano at our 9:00am Mass on Sundays. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking and baking.

Physical Education/Athletic Director

Mr. Sean Sherwood
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Librarian

Ms. Andrea Carver
PreK – 8th Grade
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Andrea started working in high school at Nativity/St. Peter the Apostle Parish in the Sunday Nursery which she continues to do still.  She has multiple degrees:  Bachelor of Arts from Armstrong State University, Masters in Education, Masters in Media Specialist/School Librarian from Georgia Southern University.  Andrea taught Kindergarten for 10 years. She is currently the Librarian and helps students improve their reading and library skills, manages the Accelerated Reader Program, and our Annual Scholastic Book Fair.  She is also the faculty advisor for the St. Peter the Apostle Robotics Team.

Computer Science
Mr. Gregory Scott
PreK – 8th Grade
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Mr. Gregory Scott is the Middle School Social Studies and Physical Science teacher, as well as the K-8 Computer Science teacher.  Mr. Scott is a Savannah native and graduated from Armstrong State University with a BA and an MA in history and Georgia Southern University with a BS in mechanical engineering.  He is passionate about the history of science and science education and believes that it is essential for educators to explain how science and faith relate to and illuminate one another.  Mr. Scott has spent years as a math tutor and teaching college history and has also taught 6th grade social studies.
When he is not teaching or tutoring, Mr. Scott spends his time with his daughter, Leila.  He also loves playing trivia, hiking, reading, and jazz.