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

Rachel Pano Kindergarten Teacher

Anahid Joubanian, K Armenian Teacher

Ardemis Megerdichian, Grades 1-5 Armenian Teacher

Patricia Writer, M.Ed., K-5 Literacy Specialist

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.

Alexandra Bastajian, M.Ed., Gr. 1B Teacher

Alexandra was born and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Alexandra has taught first, second, and fourth grade at St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School. Alexandra’s teaching philosophy encourages students to explore their environment with curiosity and creativity. At the same time, she ensures that her students master the foundational building blocks they need to succeed. Alexandra’s interests include traveling around the world and spending time with her family and friends.

Nicole Morin, M.Ed. Gr. 2 Teacher

Nicole Morin was born in Boston and grew up in Belmont with her two older brothers. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Boston University. She earned her Masters from Lesley University and completed her student teaching in Belmont. Nicole taught in Newton before coming to St. Stephen’s in 2011. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.

Alyssa Castellini Gr. 3 Teacher

Emily Clark Gr. 4 Teacher

Liz Strasser Gr. 5 Teacher

Lili Barsoumian, N-5 Music Teacher

Laura Zarougian, 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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