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, B.S., Asst. Treasurer


Arlet Ashjian, Admin. Assistant


Anahid Joubanian, K Armenian Teacher


Ardemis Megerdichian, Grades 1-5 Armenian Teacher

Michele Arthur,


Michele Arthur, M.Ed., K-5 Computer Teacher/ Gr. 2 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.


Linda Cherubino


Linda Cherubino, M.Ed., Reading Specialist

LInda Cherubino, M.Ed. has a B.A. in English language arts from Framingham State University and an M.Ed. in reading and literacy from The Reading Institute at Simmons College. Linda’s favorite aspect of teaching is seeing the look of pride on the face of a student who is learning to read or has overcome a reading challenge.

Patti Murphy


Patti Murphy, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Patti Murphy received her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School and her B.A. in English Literature from Tufts University. Patti has taught writing, visual art and Latin and was an independent school administrator for several years. She is the mother of three daughters, and has also practiced law and arbitration and is the author and illustrator of two children’s books.


Emily Gutermann, Gr. 1 Teacher

Ms. Gutermann has received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She has been an Associate Teacher at BB&N School, in Grades 1 and 3, in 2015-2016 and has worked as an Assistant Teacher at Kingsley Montessori School in Boston, in 2016-2017.

Erica Lauria


Erica Lauria, 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. This is her second year as the 2nd grade teacher at Saint Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School. Prior to joining St. Stephen’s, 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. The 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.



Elaine Joyce Gr. 2 T-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 by the beach.


Mireille O'Connor


Mireille O'Connor (M.Ed.) 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. 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. This is her second year at St. Stephen's and is enjoying every second! In her free time, Mireille enjoys going to the beach, traveling, being with family, and walking her dog, Minnie.  


Kathryn Cassesse


Kathryn Cassesse Gr. 4 Teacher

Katie Cassesse is the 4th grade teacher at St. Stephens. She grew up in Guilford, Connecticut, and earned her undergrad at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Afterwards, she received her masters in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport in Ct. Before starting at SSAES, Katie worked at public schools in North Branford, Ct and Winchester, Ma. Outside of school, her hobbies include cooking, hiking, and reading. 


Charles Seigler


Charles Seigler Gr. 5 Teacher

Mr. Charles Seigler has received his Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University and his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Elementary Education from Lesley University. He has been an Assistant Teacher in Grades 4 and 5, at the Cunniff Elementary School in Watertown, from 2014-2017.


Maro Arakelian, N-5 Music Teacher


Matthew Haberstroh, K-5 Art Teacher

Mr. Habersbroh has received his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Stanford University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute. He is a working artist (sculptor), who has been a teaching assistant at Stanford University, a lecturer at Rivier College in Nashua, NH, an art teacher at the Cordova Museum, as well as at the Lincoln and Wellesley Public Schools and St. Raphael Parish School. 


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



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