Home »


Faculty & Staff


The Board of Directors is the governing body of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. It provides the leadership for strategic planning, financial accountability, public relation efforts, curriculum oversight, and fundraising. The Head of School is given the authority for all day to day operations of the school. The Home and School Association conducts fundraising activities and special events for the students.


    • Head of School: Ruth Graffius
    • Business Manager: Denise Paran
    • Dean of Students:  Emily Hand
    • Office Manager: Bernadette Kaiser
    • Student Support Coordinator:  Karen Eboch
      • For more information on Mrs. Eboch, please see the 4th Grade Page
Head of School Mrs. Ruth Graffius

Head of School
Mrs. Ruth Graffius

About our Head of School, Mrs. Graffius

The 2016-17 school begins my 25th year here at St. Stephen’s School and my ninth year as Head of School. My association with the school began even earlier when my daughter started as a pre-schooler in 1990. I credit much of her success today to her time here at St. Stephen’s School. My journey from parent to my current position has been quite an adventure and continues today with the daily challenges of education. I am a graduate of Penn State University and Wilson College. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. You may even see me running along Riverfront Park.



About our Business Manager, Miss Paran

I started out at St. Stephen’s School in 1991 as the school’s first full time secretary.   Previously I worked at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Fort Pierce, Florida and my last couple of years there as the half time youth minister.  I am a graduate from Salem College in Salem, West Virginia.  In the last 12 years I have been to Africa 9 times on mission trips to Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.  I enjoy travel, my cat, Faith and spending time with friends.

August-Oct 2015 011


Meet our Dean of Students, Miss Hand

What message would you give to parents of students?

I love to talk about your kids; what they are doing; how they are learning; and who they are becoming. Call me anytime and we’ll talk.

Where did you graduate from college/ grad school?

Shippensburg University where I received duel certificates in Elementary Education and Environmental Education.

Emily Hand


Meet our Office Manager, Mrs. Kaiser

I have been a parishioner at St. Stephen’s Cathedral since 2000.  I hold a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Scranton and a Paralegal Certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  In 2012 I joined St. Stephen’s School as their office manager.  Prior to that I cared for children, including my own 2 children, in my home.  My career prior to that was as a Paralegal in Harrisburg for 20 years.  This change for me has been a wonderful experience.  I love every moment of working in a school.  I am originally from New Jersey and my husband is from Ohio.  We settled in Central PA in 1992.  When not at the school my family and I love to travel to see family, go camping and attend the many events that our children are involved in.  Never a dull moment!


August-Oct 2015 013