Houry Boyamian


Houry Boyamian, M.Ed. Principal

Mrs. Boyamian has been the principal of St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School since1988. She has served the school with determination, bringing a sense of identity coupled with a dedication to the best education possible. Under her administration, in 2003 St. Stephen’s became the first Armenian day school in New England to be fully accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England.  In 2011, she has introduced the STEM Initiative, putting a special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She has also played an important role in the realization of the expansion projects of the school.Mrs. Boyamian is fluent in four languages, Armenian, English, French and Arabic. She is a graduate of Nishan Palanjian Jemaran/Academy. She holds a French Baccalaureate in Literature and Philosophy from College Protestant Francais, a BS Degree in Pharmacy from St. Joseph University and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. For her dedication to the mission of the school and for her leadership role in the community, she has received in 2005 the Mesrob Mashdots medal from the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and in 2008 the Queen Zabel medal from the Armenian Prelacy, as well as a Proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Nora Hackett


Nora Hackett, B.S.,  Asst. Treasurer

Nora Hackett has been part of the St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School family from the day it opened its doors. Her father, Yervant Krafian, was one of the founding members of the school. She has held roles at St. Stephen’s school from the beginning starting as a volunteer, a parent, a PTO Chair, an alumni parent and she has been working in her role as Assistant Treasurer for over 15 years. She graduated from Bentley College (now Bentley University) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She worked at Bentley College for 10 years, first in the Public Relations Office and then as Assistant to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. She then moved on to work in the Capital Campaign department as Computer Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital for 5 years. Once the campaign was completed, she took a position as the Computer Manager at the French Library in Boston of which she worked for another 5 years until the birth of her youngest child. All three of Nora’s children, David Ara, Mari & Ani are alumnus of St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School.

Arlet Ashjian


Arlet Ashjian, Admin. Assistant


Rachel Pano  Kindergarten Teacher

Anahid Joubanian


Anahid Joubanian, K Armenian Teacher

Ardemis Megerdichian


Ardemis Megerdichian, Grades 1-5 Armenian Teacher

Linda Cherubino


Mrs. Linda Cherubino (B.A.) K-5 Literacy Specialist

Linda Cherubino graduated from Framingham State University and is an English Language Arts teacher. She has worked as a reading interventionist in the Clinton Public Schools and in private practice which she currently maintains. She is finishing her Master of Science in Education at The Reading Institute/Simmons College - one of twenty-five programs accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. Linda’s favorite image is the look of pride and happiness on the face of a student who has overcome a reading challenge.

Michele Arthur


Michele Arthur, M.Ed., K-5 Computer Teacher/ Gr. 4 T-Assistant

Michelle was born, raised and still resides in South Boston. She and her husband Jay have three children Julie, Lynne and Gregory.  She holds a B.S in Finance from Bentley University and worked as an accountant before having her children.  In 2000, she earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University and is certified to teach Pre-School through Grade 6. Michele has taught Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten and 2nd grade at St. Brigid’s School in South Boston, as well as working in the Boston Public Schools as a reading intervention teacher and a Kindergarten and Grade 1 paraprofessional. Before coming to St. Stephen’s in 2013, she was the computer/technology teacher for grades K-8 at St. John the Evangelist School in Canton for 3 years and the Pre-K teacher for 1 year.


Ms Mary Griswold (M.Ed.) Gr. 1A Teacher



Mrs. Kim Johnson (M.Ed.)  Gr. 1B Teacher

Erica Lauria


Erica Lauria,  M.Ed. Gr. 2 Teacher

Erica Lauria grew up and still resides in Arlington, Massachusetts. In 2015 she graduated Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Math/Computer Science, and a minor in Middle School Math. Recently in 2016, she completed her Master’s degree in Special Education, specializing in Moderate Disabilities for grades PreK-8. Before joining the Saint Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School community, she worked at Mason Rice Elementary School in Newton, MA. At Mason Rice, Erica student taught 5th grade in the fall of 2014 and was then hired as a substitute teacher for all elementary grade levels. This past 2015-2016 academic school year, Erica continued to work at Mason Rice as a 3rd grade special education aide. In her spare time Erica teaches figure skating at The Learn to Figure Skate Club in Stoneham and is a member of the Colonial Adult Synchronized Skating Team in Acton.

Mireille O’Connor


Mireille O’Connor Gr. 3 Teacher

Mireille (pronounced Mir-ay) O'Connor is a lifelong resident of Watertown. She attended the Hosmer Elementary School, Watertown Middle School, and Watertown High School. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 2011 to 2015, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Elementary Education. As an undergraduate, Mireille interned as a student teacher for a third grade class at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, Massachusetts. She was also a Teacher's Aide at the Spring Street Preschool in Amherst, Massachusetts working with children ages 3-5. Mireille taught swimming lessons to all ages throughout high school and college locally at the Watertown Boys & Girls Club and the West Suburban YMCA. Throughout her college years, Mireille participated in volunteer work with a service club called Rotaract and the Newman Catholic Center. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Lyon, France for one semester, helping her become intermediate in the French language. Mireille completed her Master in Education in May 2016 as part of the Collaborative Teacher Education Program at UMass Amherst. Through this program, she observed and taught 3rd and 5th graders. This included preparing, implementing, and analyzing lessons across all subjects as well as improving on classroom management skills. She also worked with a range of students socially, behaviorally, academically, and physically. Mireille is extremely excited to get the year started here at St. Stephen's!


Elaine Joyce


Mrs. Elaine Joyce (M.Ed.) Gr. 3 Teacher Assistant

Elaine is originally from Quincy and currently resides in South Boston. She has two sons. Brian is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Notre Dame and David is a Spanish teacher at Boston College High School. Elaine holds a B.A. in English and Speech Communication from Boston College. She worked as a marketing manager for 17 years at National Fire Protection Association. After taking time to stay home with her boys, Elaine earned her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Curry College. She taught Sixth Grade and Middle School English Language Arts at St. Peter Academy in South Boston. Most recently, she worked as an ELA Tutor at the Chapman Middle School in Weymouth. Outside of school, Elaine enjoys cooking, reading and walking with her Puggle, Rocky.

Emi Clark


Emily Clark  Gr. 4 Teacher

Emi was born in NH and currently lives in South Boston. She holds a BA in History of Art & Architecture from Boston University. Later she returned to school to earn a M.Ed in Elementary Education. Prior to St. Stephen's, Emi taught in Exeter, NH. Outside of school Emi enjoys hiking, skiing, going to the beach and working as a barre instructor.



Ms. Elizabeth Strasser (M.Ed.)  Gr. 5 Teacher

Kimberly Kamborian


Kimberly Kamborian (Curriculum Dev.)

Kimberly serves as the K-5 Curriculum and Instructional Coordinator at St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School on a part-time basis. She spends her time between classrooms and works with students and teachers to maximize academic achievement both individually and collectively.
She first worked with SSAES as the school received a five year STEM grant from The Gelfand Family Charitable Trust for which she had served as The Director of Programs.
Kimberly has been working with a variety of schools and districts across the state and globally as a pre K-16 STEM consultant since 2008 to advance hands-on STEM initiatives by exciting and inspiring students with inquiry based teaching and learning. She encourages and supports the use of project-based teaching in the classroom and beyond.
Prior to her current position and STEM consultancy, Kimberly served as a high school science teacher for eighteen years, fourteen of those in the Boston Public Schools. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Boston University.



Mrs. Maro Arakelian, K-5 Music Teacher



Ms. Laura Zarougian (B.A.)  K-5 Art Teacher

She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in Art History. She has taught art classes at the local public school in Ithaca, NY, as well as, in Yerevan, Armenia. She has also been a museum intern for one full year in Bologna, Italy.


Richard Samaria M.Ed., K-5 Physical Education Teacher



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