Dir., Library/Ed. 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.
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.
English Department Chair, Director of Summer Programs
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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.
Head of Boarding
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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.
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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.
History Department Chair,
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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.