• Emily

    Director of College Counseling

    Emily Allen is the Director of College Counseling. Emily earned a BA in English from the University of Florida, and an MA in English Literature from California State University.

    She also has English teaching certificates in the IB Middle and Diploma programs. Emily has served for many years as both an English teacher and a guidance and college counselor. She is coming most recently from King’s Academy in Jordan, and has also worked in China and the US. Emily is also part of the boarding faculty at St. Stephen's.

  • Elizabeth
    Di Cataldo

    Dir., Library/Ed. Technology

    Elizabeth Nye Di Cataldo came to St Stephen’s in April of 2013 as teacher librarian and IB extended essay coordinator. Currently, she is the Director of Library & Educational Technology.

    A graduate of the Kent School, she completed her BA in the history of the decorative arts through an American distance program in the 1980s while living in Florence, where she studied restoration of wooden artifacts at the Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro.  After working for several years in private practice, she pursued her interests in library and information science, completing her MSLIS as well as a certificate of advanced graduate studies in digital libraries from Syracuse University.  A member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, she has published a history of the independent school where she worked previously and established an extensive electronic repository there.

    • Extended Essay Coordinator
    • Boarding Faculty
  • Elizabeth


    Elizabeth Johnson-Mottola received her BS from Stonehill College and her MS in Cytopathology with a certification in Cytotechnology from the University of Rhode Island.

    After living in Northern Italy for one year, where she taught ESL courses, she relocated to Rome where she joined the science department at St. Stephen's. She currently teaches Biology 1 and IB Biology 2 and 3.  A passionate long-distance and marathon runner, Mrs. Johnson-Mottola has been the running coach since 2006, as well as a member of the boarding faculty an advisor to the SUN (Students United for Nature) club, hoping to make St. Stephen's and our local surroundings as 'green' as possible. She is also the IB CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) coordinator and helps organize St. Stephen's service learning program.

    • Running Coach
    • CAS & Service Coordinator
    • Boarding Faculty
  • Leon

    English Department Chair, Director of Summer Programs

    Leon Maggio joined the St. Stephen's community in July 2010 as Resident Head of the summer program and now teaches English full-time and is Chair of the department.

    He also serves as English department chair and works within the residential community of St. Stephen's. With a BA from SUNY Fredonia and an MA from SUNY Stony Brook, Leon began his teaching career on Long Island. He has also taught in England, Greece, Switzerland and, for eleven years, in Taiwan.

  • Mike

    Head of Boarding

    In the Summer of 2013 Mike Mottola was named Head of Boarding of St. Stephen's School Rome.

    A Rhode Island native and dual Italian-U.S. citizen, Michael Mottola joined the St. Stephen’s School community in the fall of 2006 as a member of the boarding faculty with his wife Biology teacher, Elizabeth Johnson-Mottola. He has held many positions at St. Stephen’s including boys’ hall coordinator, and is currently the Head of Boarding and assistant librarian. A passionate soccer player and fan of AS Roma, Mike has also been coaching the boys’ soccer team since the fall of 2010. He holds a BS in Biology from Providence College, as well as an associate’s degree from Johnson and Wales University in culinary arts.

  • Ben


    Ben Ostrow has taught at the St. Stephen's School-Brown University Summer Program since 2009, and joined the faculty of St. Stephen's School in September 2013 as a physical education teacher.  He is also a member of the Boarding Department.

    In his current role at St. Stephen's, he works with 9th and 10th graders, providing them with a stimulating and challenging new physical education curriculum. Prior to moving to Rome, he taught in the Arlington Public School system for three years as a gym instructor. While teaching grades K through 5, he also pursued his interests in music and creative arts during the production of school plays in an enriching theatre program.

    • PE Teacher
    • Boarding Faculty
  • Paul
    Treherne, PhD

    History Department Chair,
    Trips Director

    Paul Treherne joined St. Stephen’s in August 2010 as a history teacher and is also the school's trips director.

    In both roles, he brings exceptionally rich, cultural experiences that range from living with a Kikuyu family in highland central Kenya to exploring the diverse landscapes of Italy and the Near East. Born in the United States to English parents, Mr. Treherne is a dual U.S. and British citizen. He received a BA in Anthropology (summa cum laude) from UCLA and an MPhil and PhD in Archaeology from Trinity College, Cambridge. He holds an honorary MA from Oxford, where he was a fellow of Trinity College from 1997-2000, and is currently an international fellow of the Explorer's Club of New York. 

    • Trips Director
    • History Department Coordinator
  • Katherine

    Head of Boarding & College Counselor

    Katherine Young is Head of Boarding and College Counselor.

    Ms. Young has held positions in international schools in London, Athens, Lugano and Taipei, and many of her years in education have been in residential communities where she has served as teacher, counselor and administrator. Ms. Young invests her time outside the classroom on issues concerning the environment, sustainable living, travel and yoga, and she spends the summers in New England. She holds a BA from Colorado College and an MA from Michigan State University.

    • English

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