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, 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.


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, Gr. 2 Teacher



Elaine Joyce Gr. 2 T-Assistant



Mireille O’Connor Gr. 3 Teacher



Kathryn Cassesse Gr. 4 Teacher

Mrs. Cassesse has received her Master’s in Science in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT and her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from St. Michaels College in Colchester Vermont. She has completed her internship at N. Branford Public Schools, in 2014-2015 and has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in Grades 1 and 4, at the Winchester Public Schools, from 2015-2017. 


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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