From authors and playwrights to musicians and published scientists, our diverse faculty includes distinguished scholars in many fields; 83% have an advanced degree, and 20% have earned a PhD. A professional development program allows teachers to keep up with educational trends throughout the year, which they then transmit in the classroom. With a prepared and engaged faculty, students are challenged intellectually and motivated to achieve their personal best.

  • Eric

    Head of School

    Head of School Eric Mayer joined St. Stephen's in January 2014.

    Now in his third year as Head, Mr. Mayer comes to the School with more than two decades of professional experience.  HIs various educational roles include teaching faculty, department chair, college counselor, community service director and most recently, upper school principal at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA, where he managed the budget, staffing, and all aspects of student life for a school of 400 students – 300 of whom were boarders. Mr. Mayer has also led several education initiatives and continues to serve as a leadership consultant to independent schools.  A father of four, Mr. Mayer resides near campus with his wife, who is also an educator.


  • Francis

    Front Desk Receptionist

    Francis Vona joined St. Stephen's in 2017 and currently works at Front Desk Reception of the School.

    She is responsible for the daily attendance and supports the administrative department.

  • Loredana

    College Counseling and IB Office Administrative Assistant

  • Anna Maria


    Anna Maria Agresti joined St. Stephen's in 1983 as the School's receptionist.  After a short time in this position, she worked as an assistant to the then director of studies. 

    In 1989, Ms. Agresti was named registrar of the School. Currently, she manages student records databases, student transcripts, including translations of pertinent documents and student certificates, and School and student body statistics. State Department grant reports  for the Office of Oversease Schools and graduation ceremonies and activities are also under her purview.  She also produces all surveys for worldwide educational publications and arranges study visas and permessi di sogiorno for students requiring Italian study permits. A native of Paterson, NJ, Ms, Agresti grew up in Totowa, NJ. She moved to Italy in 1980 and is a dual-national  She holds a BA in Sociology.

  • Martina


    Italian-Hungarian Martina Anfuso was raised in the U.S., Africa and Europe.

    She is St. Stephen's first alumna-turned-teacher who returned to the school in 1992 with a Laurea in Statistics and Economics from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza.” She was appointed chair of the math department, a position which she held for the past three years. She currently teaches IB math to eleventh and twelfth graders.

    • SSS Alumna
    • Mathematics Faculty
  • Rossano


    Rossano Astremo joined St. Stephen’s in 2013 as a faculty member of the Modern Languages Department. He currently teaches IB Italian A and B.

    Prior to St. Stephen’s, Mr. Astremo taught Creative Writing at Italian high schools and coordinated a project “Lettori di libri in Italia”established by Università del Salento. He has a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Communication from Università del Salento. He received a Laurea in Lettere Moderne in 2002. He contributes to several newspapers and magazines. He published 9 books (poems, novels and biographies).

    • Modern Languages Department
  • Monica

    Day and Boarding Admissions Recruiter

    Monica Barden joins us in the Admissions Office as a day and boardingstudent recruiter.

    She hails most recently from Ambrit International School, where she was Head of Student Services, and, earlier, the Primary Principal. Monica held a number of positions during her 11 years at the Mabin School in Toronto, including Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions. Monica has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Child Study and Education. Monica is the mother of Michael Simunec, a rising junior.

  • Jenni

    IB English

    Ms. Battaglieri previously taught in Charleston, South Carolina where she served as the department head, head of evening school English and ACT Test coordinator.

    Ms. Battaglieri’s professional experience includes teaching IB Language and Literature, IB Literature, IB Theory of Knowledge and IB Psychology. She has also served as an IB diploma examiner, CAS and Extended essay advisor and Advanced Placement Language and Composition teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Administration and Supervision.

  • Raffaella


    The newest member of the modern language department, Raffaella Bececco, received two degrees in humanities and cultural anthropology from the Università degli Studi in Perugia.

    After passing the DITALS examination, she went on to receive a Certificate to Teach Italian as a Foreign Language. She has also attended a Master’s Course in Publishing and Communications. Apart from teaching Italian at St. Stephen’s, Ms. Bececco also writes for a travel magazine.

  • Fabio

    Modern Languages Dept. Chair

    Fabio Boccuni joined St. Stephen’s in 2008 to teach Italian.

    Like many teachers who have established careers at the school, Mr. Boccuni has held other positions including Model United Nations (MUN) director and sports coach. He currently teaches IB Italian A and B and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Prior to St. Stephen’s, Mr. Boccuni taught several subjects at Italian high schools and at Ambrit International School. He has a Master's Degree in International Education from Endicott College, and has attended courses at the Universities of Helsinki, Berkeley and Cambridge. He received a Laurea in philosophy in 2003.

    • Theory of Knowledge
    • Italian Language
  • Grazia

    Business Manager

    Grazia Borlandelli joined St. Stephen's as Business Manager in March 2014.  She oversees all financial aspects of the school as well as human resource issues.

    A native of Genova, Italy, she moved to Rome in 1996.  Prior to her role at St. Stephen’s, she spent the majority of her career in finance and operations. After working in a small shipping company in Genova, Grazia joined Deloitte, a worldwide leader in auditing, where she gained valuable professional experience over a period of five years as Senior Auditor working with various industries and scores of companies. In 1987, she was hired in Milan to be the manager of the Financial Consolidation Department of SAES Getters S.p.a., a world leader in electronic components, and part of the Fiat Group. Two years later, she was named Cost Accounting Manager at Apple Computer, also in Milan. Her husband’s work took the family to Florence and there Grazia joined Gucci where she remained for four years as Budget and Reporting Manager until the family returned to Milan in 1994. She was appointed Finance Manager of C&K Systems, a US multinational electronic manufacturing company, but work took her husband to Rome where she joined St. George’s British International School as Bursar. After four years there, she moved to London with her husband and then returned to St. George's School in 2002 where she remained until 2013.

  • Michael


    Michael Brouse, history teacher and former Director of External Affairs, joined St. Stephen’s in 1997.

    A member of the history department, Mr. Brouse has imparted his knowledge of Medieval Renaissance history concepts to students for over nearly two decades. A native Californian, his passion for the Roman (and Greek) civilizations began long before he enrolled at the University of Santa Clara, where he earned a BA in history. His interest in ancient Rome, as well as the contemporary Eternal City, are as unwavering as ever and are the stimuli for his other endeavors, among which can be included co-authorship of a popular guidebook, National Geographic Traveler: Rome.

    • History Faculty
  • Chris

    IB Economics & TOK

    Chris Byck will be teaching IB Economics and Theory of Knowledge this year.

    Chris hails from the US East Coast and has worked in Venezuela, Jordan, and Vietnam. With a BA in Politics & Philosophy and a Masters of Education, Chris is also a Doctor of Jurisprudence and has worked in the office of a Congressman -- and he has interviewed both Gerald Ford and Buzz Aldrin!

    • IB Economics
  • Marianita


    Marianita Calderón first joined St. Stephen’s in 2004 as the schools’s Spanish tutor and since 2008, has taught Spanish, preparing 11th and 12th grade students for their IB Exam A2, B H/S.

    Before moving to Rome, she worked as an English teacher in the “Abraham Lincoln Cultural Centre” in her home town and later taught English at “Manuela Garaicoa de Calderon”, a prestigious governmental secondary school. She completed her English and Spanish studies at the University of Cuenca-Ecuador in the Faculty of Philosophy while simultaneously completing three years of studies in Sociology in the Faculty of Economics. Additionally, she obtained the Proficiency in English Certificate in Ireland where she lived for 4 years. Ms. Calderón has obtained a degree from Tor Vergata University Rome 2 in Modern Languages and Literature: Spanish, English, Italian and French. She is currently completing a Master degree in European and American Modern Languages (LLEA) in Tor Vergata University Rome 2.

  • Nada


    Nada Chemeissani has worked at St. Stephen's since September 2004 and teaches physics.

    Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, she graduated from Université Libanaise de Beirut with a degree in physics and completed further studies at Université Libre de Belgique and Università Degli Studi di Ancona. Before moving to Italy, Nada taught math and physics at schools in numerous countries around the world.

    • Physics Faculty
  • Lucy


    Lucy Clink has been a member of St. Stephen's Art Department since 1987. Her classes in drawing, painting and IB Art, have provided students with a solid foundation for their future studies in the visual arts at the university level and beyond.

    Lucy Clink was born in the US. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has worked as a teacher and professor of studio art courses for the past 23 years and for a variety of schools and universities in Rome. She has been the subject of numerous one-person and group exhibitions and publications in the US and Italy for the past twenty years. Recently, she participated in a group exhibition of paintings called "Through Foreign Eyes" in Civita Castellana as well as a solo exhibition of paintings at the St. Stephen's Cultural Center in June of 2013. When she is not teaching, she maintains an active studio practice which includes photography, drawing and painting. In the summer of 2011, she was awarded a fellowship at the Fondazione Ranieri in Umbria. To learn more about Lucy Clink's work, please visit her website at:

    • IB Art / Drawing & Painting)
    • Arts Faculty
  • Sandra

    IB Math

    Sandra Corbacioglu has over 20 years of international teaching experience, with the majority of her time spent in Turkey at Uskudar American Academy, Robert College and Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School.

    Born and raised in a small northeastern Ohio town in the U.S.A., she earned her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University and the University of California. She worked as an engineer for Bell Laboratories and AT&T, and taught night classes at Monmouth University and Northwestern University prior to becoming a full-time high school teacher. She enjoys choral singing and traveling.

  • Teresa

    Front Desk Receptionist

  • Jan Claus
    Di Blasio

    Bio 1 & TOK Teacher, Girls' Football Coach, Assistant Trips Director, Gardens & Sustainability

    Since graduating from St. Stephen's in 2004, Jan Claus Di Blasio has pursued an eclectic academic career earning a BA in Classical Archaeology & Ancient History from the University of Geneva, an MA in Archaeology from the University of Leiden and another MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainabilty Sciences from the University of Lund. He pursues an interdisciplinary approach to bridge the different fields that he is interested in.

    An avid traveller, an activist for animal righs, a freelance journalist, a passionate environmentalist, an enthusiastic outdoorsman and a competitive trail runner; all of these interests fill up what is left of his free time.


    Prior to joining St. Stephen's in January 2017 (where he had taught from 2009 to 2012) he worked in a village in the mangroves of Western Madagascar on a WWF internship and conservation project.


    In 2017-2018 he teaches one class of Biology 1 and two classes of TOK, he is the assistant Trips director and he coaches girls' football.

  • 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
  • Fausto
    Di Marco

    IT Director/Head of Sports

    Fausto Di Marco has been Sports Coordinator for St. Stephen’s since 1994.

    He has also been an integral part of the school’s technology program as Information Technology coordinator and as a computer science teacher. Implementing technology at the school is his ongoing goal, but he is particularly determined to enhance teaching and learning as well as facilitating communication among all members of the school community. For six years, Mr. Di Marco was the IT coordinator for Ambrit International School, where, in addition to technology classes, he was also a PE teacher and coordinator of the PE program. He holds degrees in economics and computer science.

    • Sports Coordinator
  • Debbie

    Assistant Head, Academic Affairs

    Debbie Dostert joined St. Stephen’s as a mathematics teacher in 1976, teaching algebra and pre-calculus.

    In her extensive career with the school, she has taught the gamut of higher math courses and has also held a number of other positions, including head of mathematics, faculty representative to the EXCOM, trips director, trustee and college counselor. In her current role as Assistant Head for Academic Affairs, she continues to teach math while providing guidance and feedback to fellow teachers, handling students’ issues and organizing coursework and syllabuses, among other duties. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Dostert earned a BA from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She also has a Laurea in mathematics from the University of Rome, La Sapienza. Prior to teaching at St. Stephen’s, she enjoyed a singing career at Folkstudio, taught math at an American college in Rome and was a lecturer in Logic at the University of Rome, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia.

    • Assistant Head for Academic Affairs
    • Mathematics Faculty
  • Natalie

    Residential Assistant

    Natalie Edwards joins us in her role as an RA and Dean’s Office assistant.

    A 2018 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, she double majored in Art History & Archaeology and Economics. Natalie is familiar with our program, attending St. Stephen’s as a boarder in 11th grade, and later returning to Bologna for a semester abroad during university. Natalie is fluent in Italian.

    • Dean's Office Assistant
  • Moira


    A resident of Rome, Italy, Moira Egan earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, and an MFA from Columbia University, where James Merrill chose her graduate manuscript for the David Craig Austin Prize.

    Her most recent collection, Synæsthesium, won The New Criterion Poetry Prize and will be published in 2017. Previous books published in the U.S. are Hot Flash Sonnets (2013); Spin (2010); Bar Napkin Sonnets (2009), which won the 2008 Ledge Poetry Chapbook Competition; and Cleave (2004).


    In Italy, two bilingual collections, with translations by her husband, Damiano Abeni, have appeared: Botanica Arcana /Strange Botany (2014) and La Seta della Cravatta / The Silk of the Tie (2009). Translations into Italian (with Damiano Abeni) include volumes by Ashbery, Barth, Bender, Ferlinghetti, Hecht, Simic, Strand, and Charles Wright.


    Egan has had writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (as a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow), the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the James Merrill House. She teaches Creative Writing at the St. Stephen’s School in Rome.

    • Poetry and Creative Writing
    • Arts Faculty
  • Nadia


    Nadia El-Taha joined St. Stephen’s in January 2012 as a mathematics teacher.

    Having lived in Canada and Spain, Ms. El-Taha, had, most recently, been teaching in her hometown of London. She received her BSc (Hons) from Royal Holloway, University of London, her MA from London Metropolitan University and PGCE from the Institute of Education at the University of London.

    • Grade 9 Coordinator
    • Mathematics Faculty
  • Lisa

    A former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and Teach For America alumna, Ms. Esposito earned her BA in Anthropology from Trinity College (USA) and a M.Ed in Special Education from the University of Hawaii.

    She has worked with high school students in Hawaii, Italy, and even out at sea aboard tall ships. A former collegiate volleyball player, Ms. Esposito is the SSS volleyball coach as well as a Resident Assistant in boarding.

  • Alba


    Alba Fernandez-Garcia teaches Spanish. She received her undergraduate and two Master’s degrees from the University of Granada in Spain.

    Most recently, she was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Susquehanna University in the US.

    • Spanish
  • Anita

    Sculpture IB Visual Arts

    Cuban born artist Anita Guerra received her art training in the United States, Spain and Italy, earning a BFA and MFA from Temple University Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and Rome.

    Her works are currently on display in museums throughout Italy at the National Museum of Sacred Art, Castello Piccolomini, Celano, Aquila; Centre d'Etudes Saint Louis de France, Rome; The Caproni Museum, Trento and in many private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Since joining St. Stephen’s in 1989 as a Sculpture and Advanced/I.B. Arts teacher, Ms. Guerra has been instrumental in directing many students to pursue flourishing art careers as professional sculptors, photographers, product designers and mixed-media artists. For many years, she has helped host the Rome International Schools’ Association Art Show and recently prepared several pieces for two exhibits connected with the release of the book Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora: Setting the Tent Against the House by Andrea Herrera O’Reilly at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. To learn more about Anita Guerra's work, please visit her website at

    • Sculpture
    • Advanced/I.B. Arts
  • Silvia

    IB History, AP US History and TOK

    Silvia Guglielmi came to St. Stephen's in 2015 and currently teaches IB History, AP US History and TOK.

    Prior to her role at St. Stephen's, Ms. Guglielmi worked as an education policy researcher for the London-based think tank, Demos, and as a policy researcher for the Overseas Development Institute. She was also a consultant for the UN World Food Programme and worked for an NGO based in Ethiopia. Ms. Guglielmi started teaching high school History in the UK and has taught at other international schools in Rome as well. She holds a BA in History and International Relations and Masters degrees from the LSE and Cambridge University.

  • Annie


    A native of Grenoble, France, Annie Jacquet joined the Modern Languages Department at St. Stephen’s to teach French.

    Ms. Jacquet brings extensive experience to her position. Prior to working at St. Stephen’s, Ms. Jacquet completed a research project on Italian writer, playwright and politician Leonardo Sciascia for the Italian Cultural Center of Grenoble. She worked as an interpreter and translator for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Italian Consulate in Grenoble and also for the Italian Ministry of Agriculture . Ms. Jacquet has taught French at the American University of Rome and has worked extensively with political refugees and asylum seekers. At St. Stephen's, she is also the faculty supervisor for the school’s club called “Reach Out” which promotes community service through volunteer work. Ms. Jacquet  holds a degree from the University of Grenoble in Languages, Civilization and Italian Literature.

    • “Reach Out” Promotes Community Service
    • Faculty Supervisor - Political Awareness Club
  • 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
  • Allison Kemmis-Price

    Director of Development

    Allison has 19 years of experience negotiating principal and major level gifts for leading research universities in the United States and England. 


    At LSE, Allison worked directly with academic leadership and the LSE Council to raise transformational gifts from the School’s most senior alumni and friends in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia.

    Prior to LSE, Allison served as Director of Development at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business during the University’s $6 billion campaign; Senior Major Gifts Officer at the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management; and Senior Major Gift Officer for the University of Nottingham.

    From 2000 to 2006, Allison served as a fundraiser at Stanford University, where she raised $17 million in support of Stanford’s $1 billion Campaign for Undergraduate Education as well as the University’s Center for Visual Arts. Toward the end of her Stanford tenure, she served as the Assistant External Relations Director for the Cantor Arts Center, where she managed the Center’s Membership Advisory Board and the annual giving and events teams.

    Allison is a graduate of Seattle University and Rosary Academy.

  • Cagan


    Born and raised in Turkey, Cagan Korkmaz holds a BS and an MS degree in Mathematics.

    Prior to her role at St. Stephen's, she taught high school math for nine years and her experience includes teaching IB Higher Level Math and Theory of Knowledge courses. She also taught Calculus, Discrete Mathematics and Logic courses at Istanbul Bilgi University for four years.

  • Fiona
    Leckie, PhD

    IB Coordinator

    Dr. Fiona Leckie has taught chemistry at St. Stephen’s since 2007. In addition to teaching chemistry, she is currently the IB coordinator, the science subject level coordinator and faculty trustee. 

    Previously, she was a member of the school’s discipline committee. Having spent her formative years between Ireland and Scotland, Dr. Leckie completed her doctorate at the University of Sheffield and subsequently spent several years at the Università La Sapienza in Rome as a researcher, where she published over 20 papers in academic journals. She has lived in many diverse countries such as Zambia, Nigeria and the United States and brings a wealth of experience to St. Stephen’s challenging academic environment.

    • Faculty Trustee
    • Chemistry
  • Antonio

    Mathematics, Physics

    A graduate of the University of Trento. 

    Antonio holds a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Physics, as well as a Master’s in Science Communication, training which led him to many years as a science journalist for major Italian newspapers and journals. He also co-founded the first Italian digital magazine of science, technology and global issues.

  • Erika

    Mathematics, Physics

    She joined St. Stephen’s in January 2014 as a mathematics and physics teacher.

    A native of South Lake Tahoe, California, Erika graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in physics. While she was working on her degree and for nearly two years after, she did research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the ALS, a synchrotron. She also holds a masters in applied physics from California State University, Long Beach.

  • Elisabetta

    Elisabetta Longarini is an accountant and has worked in the Business office since 2015. She has extensive experience in accounting, sales administration and customer service.

    Prior to joining St. Stephen's, she worked at an American IT company as a Senior Accountant and Business Sales Contract Administrator. Elisabetta is also a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.

  • 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.

  • Eleni

    Environmental Sciences

    A St. Stephen’s alumna, Eleni Mantzarlis returned to the school in September 2009 as a faculty member.

    She currently teaches Environmental Systems and Societies. Prior to joining the staff at St. Stephen’s, she taught science at Mounbatten School in Romsey, UK for three years, spent one year at Castelli International School in Rome and also tutored St. Stephen’s students in biology and math. Born in Rome of Greek-Italian origins, Ms. Mantzarlis spent eight years in the U.K. where she obtained a BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management and a PGCE in Science.

  • Agnes


    Agnes Martin holds a master’s degree in languages from La Sorbonne in Paris.

    She has taught French language and literature at St. Stephen’s since joining the school in 1995. She is also the founding director of St. Stephen's Cultural Center Foundation. Like many of her colleagues, she has also held several administrative positions at the school: head of boarding, CAS coordinator and foreign language coordinator. Before moving to Rome, Ms. Martin taught at the Ecole Active Bilingue from 1991 to 1995, preparing students for the French Baccalaureate, British examinations and American High School Diploma.

    • SSCCF Director
  • Lucas

    IB History

    Lucas Mennella will be joining the College Counselling Office as well as teaching 2 sections of IB History.

    He holds a BA in History and a European Masters in Intercultural Education. Lucas is no newcomer to Rome or Italy, having spent the last year working at Rome International School and one year in Bologna in 2006. He has also lived and worked in France, Germany and, most recently, Japan. He speaks fluent French, German and Italian. He is an examiner for IB History and the Extended Essay.

    • University Counselor
  • Liana

    Digital Photography

    Visual artist Liana Miuccio was born in Rome and raised in New York and is a dual citizen of the USA and Italy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and  a Masters Degree in Cinema, Video and Television at the University of Roma Tre. 


    Her photographs have been published in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times, Vogue, the Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, Repubblica’s “D”, Il Corriere della Sera, l’Espresso and L’Internazionale.

    Miuccio teaches photography at St. Stephen’s School in Rome and the Rome campuses of Temple and Cornell University.  She has received numerous awards for her photography and videos including the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Italian American Foundation, Grazia Neri’s Yann Geoffrey prize, the MacArthur Foundation Arts Organization in Residence Program, and the Oltre I Libri Video Art award from the Biblioteca Angelica of Rome.  Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

    Miuccio has exhibited her images and videos internationally in museums and galleries around the world. Solo exhibits have included the MACRO Museum/FOTOGRAFIA/Festival Internazionale di Roma, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York, Villa Trabia, Sicily and the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  Miuccio has also exhibited at the American Academy in Rome, Sala Uno, Biblioteca Angelica, Casa della Storia e della Memoria, and the Temple University Rome gallery. Liana Miuccio’s website is

  • Simona Monaco

    Alumni & Parent Relations Coordinator

    Simona Monaco is responsible for alumni affairs, which includes targeted and continual communication with the alumni community, event planning, and relationship-building with both the alumni and parent bodies of the school.


    • Assistant to Assistant Head for Academic Affairs
  • Claudia
    Monesi, PhD

    Mathematics & Physics

    Born in Rome, Claudia Monesi came to St. Stephen’s School in 2009 as a Math Lab tutor.

    She now teaches Algebra 2, Math Studies and Physics. Prior to her role at St. Stephen’s, Ms. Monesi worked as a data analyst for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on an international project about rainfall intensity measurements, which won the 2010 VAISALA Award in Helsinki. She also worked at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. She holds a PhD in Physics from Università Roma Tre.

    • Joined SSS in 2009
  • 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.

  • Lesley

    Director of Admissions

    Lesley Murphy was born in London and has worked in international education for more than thirty years. She holds a Batchelor of Arts in English Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sussex, and a Master of Studies in Literature and Arts from the University of Oxford. 

    She is Director of Admissions at St. Stephen’s and also teaches English. She has been an examiner for both the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and has co-chaired several school evaluations for the Council of International Schools. She loves teaching, cooking, Italy, eighteenth-century literature and her two Persian cats, Zoro and Astro.

  • Beatrice


    Beatrice Musilli joined the school in 2004 to teach A2 and B level French to St. Stephen’s students.

    Following her early studies in France, she graduated from the Università La Sapienza, earning a degree in cultures and languages of the Islamic world (Middle East and Western Africa), areas of the world Ms. Musili is very passionate about. Previously, she worked as a translator and interpreter at the "Chambre Française de Commerce et d'Industrie en Italie" from 2002 to 2004.

    • Studied Islamic Cultures and Languages
    • Joined SSS in 2004
  • Anna Cecilia
    Negroni, PhD


    Anna Cecilia Negroni received her PhD in Literature and Philosophy from the Università La Sapienza in Rome, and subsequently studied German at the Goethe Institute.

    She pursued studies in English and History at the C.W. Post Campus on Long Island, NY. Prior to joining St. Stephen’s in 1989, she taught Italian at various agencies and embassies, as well as at other international schools such as the New School, St. Francis and AOSR.

    • PhD in Literature and Philosophy
  • 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
  • Elisabetta
    Pastori, PhD


    The diverse international environment is what attracted Elisabetta Pastori to the St. Stephen’s community.

    She earned her PhD in Mathematics at the Universita' di Firenze, in collaboration with the University of East Anglia (UK), with a thesis on algebra and logic, and subsequently obtained a Master of Education in Mathematics from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2006. Prior to joining St. Stephen’s, Ms. Pastori taught high school math in Spain and in Italy, as well as courses in Logic, Calculus and Group Theory at the Universities of Torino, Firenze and Trento.

    • PhD in Mathematics
  • Alex

    Admissions Officer

    Alex is responsible for all admissions procedures and is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our admissions process.

    You can find out more about the process and find the necessary documentation that need to be completed in our Admissions section. 

  • Alessandra


    Chief accountant responsible for daily running of the business office.

    • Runs the Business Office
  • Viktorija

    Dean of Students

    Lithuanian born Viktorija Podagelyte has studied Latin and International Relations at Mount Holyoke College, and has earned her MA in International Education from Endicott College.

    She taught Latin and Ancient World History at Stoneleigh Burnham School in Massachusetts. In 2004 she has returned to her Alma Mater, and has been teaching Roman Topography and Latin since then.

    • Classics
    • Summer Program Faculty
  • Abby

    RA, Dean’s Assistant

    A graduate of Westtown School in Pennsylvania, Ms. Ross spent her childhood between Philadelphia and Boston.

    She holds a degree from King's College London in Religion and Philosophy, and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining St. Stephen's as a Residential Assistant and Assistant to the Dean of Students, Ms. Ross worked for a Japanese NGO that provides scholarships to bereaved university students and as a personal assistant for a physically disabled woman.

  • Livia
    Sacchetti, PhD


    Livia Sacchetti came to St. Stephen's School in September 2008; she teaches IB English and coordinates twelfth grade.

    Dr. Sacchetti received a degree in humanities (summa cum laude) and a PhD in English Literature from La Sapienza University. Before joining the St. Stephen's community, she worked at Marymount International School and at the American University of Rome, where she taught English and Advanced Academic and Creative Writing respectively. She also worked as a translator in the film industry for many years. She has lived in London and Berlin; she is bilingual (Italian and English) and speaks French fluently.

    • Grade 12 Coordinator
    • Faculty Representative on Student Council
  • Angie

    Assistant Librarian

    Angie Samaniego completed her BA in English and French in Colombia, where she also worked as an adjunct professor in the field of Foreign Languages.

    She has travelled to several countries to pursue her passion for teaching and learning in different contexts. She was awarded an MA in Education from Sheffield Hallam University while exercising her teaching practice in an international school in Malaysia, where she was introduced to the IB education programmes. Angie, then, moved to Rome and worked for Ambrit International School as an EAL support teacher. Her most profound belief is that through the study of other languages and cultures, educators can instill and foster in learners and citizens a sense of inclusiveness, diversity, belonging, and respect for others.

  • Tina

    Administrative Assistant to Assistant Head for Academic Affairs

    Tina Samath works as the receptionist in the business office, and takes care of all basic administrative duties.

  • Jack

    Head of University Counseling

    Jack is beginning his seventh international school experience as the Director of University and College Counseling. He has worked at six International Schools during the past 30 years as a counselor as Director of Counseling and Special Services and as a University Counselor. He has worked at international schools (American and British) in Norway, Belgium, Thailand, Egypt, China and Taiwan.

    Jack has given numerous presentations at international conferences, has written articles on college admissions and developed programs and workshops for international students who wish to study in the US. Jack has been an active member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) he is the past president of the International Association of College Admissions Counseling. Jack holds a B.S. in Psychology and Education, a M.S. in Counseling and Guidance, and an Ed.S in Education Administration with a concentration in Leadership.

  • Edward


    Edward Steinberg first joined St. Stephen’s in 1966, two years after it opened its doors to students.

    He left in 1971 to found and, for ten years direct, the Forum School in Rome together with former St. Stephen’s headmaster, Phil Allen. Before returning to St. Stephen's in 1996 to teach economics and English, he directed the Gaumont Film School, taught at the Rhode Island School of Design's Rome program, and served as director of the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. An author, his book The Vines of San Lorenzo has been translated into Italian (Slow Food Editore) and several other languages. Born and bred in Montgomery, Alabama, Edward Steinberg studied at Harvard University, where he was a tutor in History and Literature (Italian and French) and a teaching fellow in social sciences until 1966, with a break to teach history at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama.

    • English
    • First Taught at SSS in 1966
  • Daniela


    As accountant for the business office, Daniela Stelzig is responsible for all general accounting issues for the school.  She handles payments and payroll, as well as personnel matters such as contracts and permessi di soggiorno for expatriate employees.  In addition to these duties, Ms.Stelzig also manages the Foundation and works with the CFO to close the school's fiscal year balance sheet.

    • Payroll and Contracts
    • General Accounting
  • Fiona

    The Learning Center

    A graduate of the Universities of Toronto and Ottawa, Fiona Stewart holds specialist qualifications in Special Education, Technology and Learning, Cooperative Education, the Visual Arts and Drama.

    Prior to moving to Italy, she taught in Canada for fourteen years where she was recognized for innovative approaches to student leadership and was the winner of numerous national theater awards.

    • IB Visual Arts / Photography
  • 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
  • Richard

    Arts Department Chair,
    IB Music

    Composer-pianist Richard Trythall came to Rome in 1964 when he was awarded the "Rome Prize in Music Composition" by the American Academy in Rome.

    The third year into his fellowship, he began teaching music at a recently founded American school by the name of St. Stephen's and has been imparting his knowledge and talent with students ever since. Over the past four decades he has taught a range of courses that have included Music Appreciation, Music History and Music Theory. Having founded the school’s instrumental program, he has also directed the St. Stephen’s School chorus. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, educated at the University of Tennessee (BM), Princeton University (MFA), and the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin, Trythall also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and numerous composition commissions. As a concert pianist he won First Prize in the "Kranichsteiner Competition" (Darmstadt, Germany, 1969), and has had an active performing and recording career for the past 40 years. In addition to his role at St. Stephen’s, he also teaches "Twentieth Century Music Theory" for New York University in Florence and is Music Consultant for the American Academy in Rome. For more information about Richard Trythall, please visit his website at

    • St. Stephen’s School Chorus
    • Music Faculty
  • Jennifer

    Boarding Admissions Recruiter

  • Inge

    Classics Department Chair, Latin, Greek & Roman Topography

    Inge Weustink was born in the Netherlands where she studied Classics at the University of Leiden.

    Besides her interest in Greek and Latin literature, Ms. Weustink has a special interest in Roman archaeology, particularly in Roman wall painting. Her MA thesis was a study on the decorative arts of atria in Pompeii. She came to Rome in 2002 where she taught undergraduates Greek and Latin at several American study abroad programmes. Since 2013, she has worked at St Stephen's School as a Classics teacher. She is also Chair of the Classics department. In her free time, she is involved in speleo-archaeology: the exploration of tunnels, cisterns, aqueducts, and other man-made underground spaces.




    • St. Stephen's & Brown University Summer Program
    • Studied Classics at the University of Leiden
  • Alex

    Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning

    Alex joined St Stephen’s school in July 2016 as Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning.

    Alex has been an international school educator since 1999, a profession that has taken him to Japan, Austria, Germany, Australia and the UK. He has taught English A, German A, Spanish ab initio, TOK and Theatre and also works for the IBO as workshop leader, examiner and school inspector. Before becoming a teacher, he briefly worked in corporate communication as well as editing a bilingual learner's dictionary for Oxford University Press. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, Frankfurt University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

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