Staff and teachers


Denise Norman


Mrs. Norman began her career as a dedicated Lutheran School Teacher while instructing sixth grade at Grace Lutheran School, Malverne, NY. She holds a Reading Specialist Master’s Degree from Hofstra University. Mrs. Norman was thrilled to join the Emanuel’s staff in 1996 as their Reading Teacher. Her responsibilities included, Accelerated Reader/ Library Coordinator, Book Fair Chairperson, Honor School Coordinator, Author-Visit Coordinator, Speech Contest Coordinator, and Girl Scout Troop Organizer. Acknowledgments include, Lutheran School Teacher of the Year and Who’s Who Among American Teachers. It was with much excitement that Mrs. Norman accepted the position of Principal at our school. Mrs. Norman worships regularly at St. Luke Lutheran Church, in Dix Hills, along with her husband, Rich. Her church activities include serving as a Chair of the school board and council as Christian Education, a Co-coordinator of special events including Sights, Sounds and Smells of Christmas and Banquet coordinator. She also serves Lutheran Schools Association as Cluster Coordinator. She is very proud of Emanuel’s accomplishments of becoming Inviting School and Fidelity Award 2017. She is proud of her 2 daughters, both graduates of Emanuel Lutheran School. Kirsten, is a Dr. of Physical Therapy and currently serves her patients in Buffalo, NY. Dana Lynn is attending medical school and will be a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) upon completion of this intense program. Mrs. Norman enjoys spending time with her family, reading in the garden, Kayaking and completing Sudoku puzzles. She is grateful to God for the many blessings found in her family, dear friends and at Emanuel Lutheran School.

Francine Lawrence

Administrative Assisstant

Mrs. Lawrence has worked at Emanuel Lutheran School since 2004. She started her working career as a paralegal for 18 years. When her children started middle school, she decided to “retire”. With too much time on her hands, Mrs. Lawrence began working part time at Emanuel as a Preschool Assistant. In 2012, the position of Administrative Assistant opened and she decided to accept the position. Mrs. Lawrence is an active member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, since 1988. She serves on the Church Council as Parish Ministry Chair. Her husband, Richard and two children, Richard and Alexandra all attended Emanuel Lutheran School. Mrs. Lawrence loves seeing the children of Emanuel grow into young adults. Her favorite part is when they come back to Emanuel to visit. “Working at Emanuel is a blessing. Where else can you work and be around loving children all day, co-workers that respect you, and see your Pastor every day? ” (quote by: Mrs. Lawrence)

Deborah Beck

Admissions Director

Mrs. Beck brings over 14 years of experience as a Preschool Director and Teacher at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Babylon. Mrs. Beck has been an active member at Cross of Christ for 17 years. She has been involved with the church choir, bell choir and youth group. Mrs. Beck was raised in Wantagh, where she attended Christ Lutheran. Mrs. Beck graduated from Russell Sage College with a BS in Psychology. In 2008, she earned a MS in Elementary Education in Literacy from Kaplan University. Mrs. holds a NYS permanent Nursery through 6th grade teaching certificate. Mrs. Beck lives in West Babylon with her 3 children, Phillip-23, Kenneth-21 and Amanda-19. She has been an active member of both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. Phillip and Kenneth are both Eagle Scouts and Amanda is a Silver Award Scout.


Danielle Montalvo


Andrea Saitta

Ms. Saitta has been an educator here at Emanuel Lutheran since 2014. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Science Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Stonybrook and a Masters in Childhood Education from Dowling College. She is certified in Early Childhood Education, Students with Special Needs and Needs of Students with Autism. Ms. Saitta is also an ABA Therapist and a Special Education Itinerary Teacher. Ms. Saitta has three amazing children. Their names are Arianna, Anthony and Alexa. Arianna is in her second year of College at SUNY Brockport where she is studying Criminal Justice. Anthony is a Junior at Sachem East High School and Alexa is beginning her first year in middle school. Ms. Saitta is also an animal lover. She has two dogs; a yellow lab mix named Tino and a hound mix named Mia. Life wouldn't be complete without her cat named Luna. In her free time, Ms. Saitta enjoys photography, gardening, playing pool, and baking. She loves to spend time with her family skiing, going to sporting events and the beach.

1st Grade

Lisa Wassmer

Mrs. Wassmer first started at Emanuel Lutheran School in the 2013/14 as a substitute. Before that, she was a substitute teacher in the Patchogue-Medford School District for 7 years.
Mrs. Wassmer is a graduate of St. Joseph's College and Long Island University. She has her BS in Social Studies and MS in Childhood Education and Special Education. Mrs. Wassmer also works in a pediatrician's office as an LPN.
She lives locally in Patchogue with her husband Bruce and their four children, Brianna, Brenden, Ryan and Rylee. Her hobbies include camping, reading, and spending time with her family.

2nd Grade

Sherri Audia

Mrs. Audia graduated from Georgian Court University where she also attended Graduate School.

Mrs. Audia is married to her husband Bill and they have three children, Billy, Anna and Abbey. Before joining the Emanuel family in 2008, Mrs. Audia was busy raising her son and two daughters. Prior to motherhood she held a variety of teaching positions and was a director of a childcare facility.

Mrs. Audia is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sayville where she serves on the church council as the chair person for the Board of Parish Education, teaches Vacation Bible School and volunteers on other committees.  Her three children and mischievous Greater Swiss Mountain dog keep her busy with sporting events and clubs but in her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading and celebrating life with family and friends. 

3rd Grade


Third grade is chock full of fun from September to June! We learn how to multiply and divide in Math. In ELA we study Patricia Polacco, Chris Van Allsburg, and we read Because of Winn Dixie and other great stories. We travel around the world in Social Studies and learn about different cultures and landmarks! Some field trips include the beach, Brookhaven National Lab, the museum, and the theater. In third grade we are hands-on creating, drawing, building LEGO, and at times, getting messy…because we can!

Dana Mullally

Mrs. Mullally has been teaching at Emanuel since 2004. She teaches third grade and loves every minute of it! She has a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Communication and an MS in Special Education. Mrs. Mullally's family includes her husband, and three growing boys! They are very busy with lacrosse, fishing, and not sitting still. Mrs. Mullally's hobbies include reading, drawing, and spending time with her boys!

4th Grade

The fourth grade classroom at Emanuel Lutheran is a place where students are encouraged to be curious about the world they live in. We use technology to take us beyond the textbook in both exploration and expression. The classroom itself is intentionally arranged with flexible seating to foster collaboration and movement among the students. Creativity is encouraged across all subject areas.

Kristine Houghtalen

Mrs. Houghtalen has been at Emanuel Lutheran School since 2001 and teaches the fourth grade. She also teaches the Art Class to Kindergarten thru Middle School students.

She has a BA in Speech Communication from SUNY Geneseo and is completing a MA at Dowling.

Mrs. Houghtalen’s family includes her husband and two boys. They are very involved with Boy Scout troop 47 that meets here, at Emanuel.

Some of Mrs. Houghtalen’s hobbies include, reading, kayaking, drawing and painting.

5th Grade

Fifth Grade is a turning point for students as they prepare for Middle School. There is a place for everything and everything in its place. My students know exactly what is expected of them. Activities are challenging yet rewarding. Together (parent, student, and teacher) everyone achieves more. We are a TEAM in fifth grade.

Mary Haufe

Mrs. Haufe has been at Emanuel Lutheran School since 1990. In addition to teaching, she runs the Bowling League for the students and is on the PTFL Board.

Mrs. Haufe attended Marymount Manhattan College for a undergraduate degree and went to Stony Brook University where she obtained her Masters.

Mrs. Haufe is married to her husband, Michael, and they have three sons, Michael, John and Patrick.

In her free time Mrs. Haufe enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with her family.

In 2005, Mrs. Haufe was named Lutheran School Teacher of the Year.
 She continues to stay current by attending workshops each year.

Middle School

“Oh the places we’ll go” when you join us in ELA and Social Studies classes. Whether experiencing the world through the eyes of a Viking warrior, or learning life long lessons about friendship and empathy, our days are filled with adventure! From “Once upon a time… ” to “We hold these truths to be self evident…”, middle school is the place to be for provoking discussions that shape our future. In Mrs. LaSorsa’s classroom you will learn and review concepts in multiple ways and multiple times. We work in cooperative groups and create a community and a family. Kindness and Respect are expected so confidence grows. Questions are encouraged and learning is fun. Each student is loved.

Jennifer LaSorsa

Math, STEAM, Science

Mrs. LaSorsa has been teaching in Lutheran Schools for over 10 years. She regularly attends Emanuel Lutheran Church with her daughter. Mrs. LaSorsa attended Hofstra where she earned her Master’s Degree. During her first year teaching at Emanuel she joined the other award winning teachers and was recognized for her hard work through the Lutheran Schools Association. She is also a published Poet and a member of Who’s Who in Teaching.

Barbara Meyer

English, Social Studies, Religion

Mrs. Meyer began working at Emanuel Lutheran in 2011. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and an undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology. Before becoming a teacher, she was the Foundation Manager for East End Disability Associates which provides services for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Prior to working as a foundation manager, Mrs. Meyer spent three years as a publisher’s assistant for a local newspaper. In her free time, she and her husband Johnny like to hike, bicycle ride and kayak. They have a large family and enjoy every opportunity they can spend with their children and grandchildren. Mrs. Meyer’s goal is to provide her students with a stimulating, challenging, student-led learning environment as well as an atmosphere that fosters a firm spiritual foundation through the word of God.

Joclyen Kuan


Music Teacher

Joyce Stahl

Mrs. Stahl has been working at Emanuel Lutheran since 1999, loves working with children in a Christian atmosphere.

Mrs. Stahl has a BS from Wagner College and have taken Graduate courses at Westminster Choir College.

Prior to coming to Emanuel, Mrs. Stahl was a Director of Music at Hope Lutheran Church for over 33 years.

Mrs. Stahl is married to Art Stahl, who is a retired Math teacher from Patchogue-Medford School. Now, Mr. Stahl teaches at Suffolk County Community College. Mr. and Mrs. Stahl have three sons whom are all married.

Some of Mrs. Stahl’s hobbies include counted cross-stitch, gardening and swimming. 

Athletic Director

Wayne Caldicott

My interest in education has always been to assist each and every student strive to reach their goals. I am particularly interested in the science of Education, how to reach each student and find their path, for their success. I continue to develop my skills by attending clinics, and observations in classes because the functioning aspects of being a teacher are constantly evolving and need constant skills development. Working in the public schools and in parochial education fulfills my goals as a teacher, mentor and coach. Education starts with home instruction by the parents of the child, and that child's siblings, and relatives.

Foundation skills started with pre-natal health of the child, the health and well-being of the child for the formative years is directly related to their home environment. Nurturing and emotional stability becomes a full time, intensive relationship between the family and child. Children who are healthy and emotional stability have the greatest chances for success when matched with a household that enables them to receive God's teachings and His will. Having your children receive the Word of God, in daily increments, will open the door for respectable and humanistic values that will last through their lifetime.

Being associated with the Emanuel Lutheran School gives me the benefit of observing the direct impact of the Fruits of the Spirit displayed and taught by every member of the staff. It’s here that your child will be impacted by people whose mission is for every student to develop their personal character while being educated in an environment that is creative, supportive and safe. It’s where every staff member will know and care for them. It's where they will see everyone, not some, dedicated to their personal wellbeing.

There is no other place like Emanuel Lutheran School. I am always inspired and proud to be supported by the Church's congregation, under the guidance of Pastor Folwaczny, The Board of Education, and the school's Administrator, Denise Norman and my peers on the staff. I get a special feeling in my heart when entering the building to work where love, devotion and faith is its atmosphere.

Lunch Supervisor

Marie Cannetti

Church Secretary

Delores Darnell

Mrs. Darnell has worked at Emanuel Lutheran since 1991.
She is a kind, compassionate, caring person who has learned so much about God in our lives here and shares it everyday. Mrs. Darnell is married to Paul and have two grown sons. She also has three grandchildren who she loves to see and care for two days a week. She loves music, movies on T.V., reading, exercising and bicycling and now swimming at the YMCA!

Mrs. Darnell has expressed that she made many great friends here at Emanuel. They are very dear to her and are a part of her life.

Health Office

Armine Young

Mrs. Young has been working at Emanuel Lutheran School since 1997. She is certified in Epi Pen, First Aid, AED, and CPR and has over 17 years with Patchogue-Medford Schools.

Mrs. Young was married in 1982 to her husband Rich they have two sons. Her son, Brian is married and a Doctor of Pharmacy and Timothy is an Actor on Broadway and in Film.

Some of Mrs. Young’s hobbies include singing, directing a 70 voice children’s choir at her home church, interior designs, cooking and gardening. When her schedule permits, she enjoy teaching Emanuel kids to sing and signs up for special events.

Children have always been her heart. How awesome is that she can take care of their physical needs and encourage them in their spiritual walk with Christ. She’s loving the journey!

Mission Statement:
Emanuel School partners with families to create for their children a foundation for joyful, successful living.