Director – Sherri Audia
Mrs. Audia has taught at Emanuel since 2008 where she has educated children in both second grade and preschool. She became the director of the Early Education Center in 2020. Mrs. Audia graduated from Georgian Court University where she also attended graduate school and received her teaching certification.
Mrs. Audia and her family are active members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sayville. She is married and has three children who all attend college. Her family and Great Dane keep her busy, but in her spare time she enjoys visiting her parents in the Adirondacks, cooking, reading and walking her dog.
Administrative Assistant – Francine Lawrence
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 Teacher’s Assistant. In 2012, the position of Administrative Assistant was available and she decided to accept the position.
In her spare time she likes to do strength training, long walks and spending time with her family and granddaughter, Harper.
Mrs. Lawrence is an active member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, since 1988. She serves on the Church Council as Youth Ministry Chair. Her husband, Richard and two children, Richard and Alexandra attended Emanuel Lutheran School. Mrs. Lawrence loves seeing being around the children of Emanuel and watching them grow.
Early Childhood Faculty
Preschool Teacher – Sherri Audia
Pre Kindergarten Teacher – Stephanie Varricchio
Ms. Varricchio is excited to join the fellow teachers and staff at Emanuel in 2021. She recently received her bachelor’s degree in Child Study from St. Joseph’s College. She is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. She has worked in the childcare center at a local gymnasium since 2017.
Ms. Varricchio is an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She volunteers her time for church events, and has been an active participant in the festival choir at her church since 2016. In her spare time, she loves to read, bake desserts, and play tennis.
Toddler Teacher – Shirley Eng
Mrs. Eng has been at Emanuel since 2012 where she has served in many capacities including teaching our toddlers since 2019. Mrs. Eng is a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church for over 20 years. She can always be seen volunteering at our churches events. She was a Girl Scout leader for 20 years, served as the PTFL treasurer and vice president of our school for many years. Mrs. Eng is responsible for running Operation Christmas Child at Emanuel.
Mrs. Eng is married and has 7 children, all who attended ELS. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her family.
Specialty Faculty and Staff
Preschool Assistant – Annette Kearney
Preschool Assistant – Diane Monsell
Mrs. Monsell began work at Emanuel Lutheran as a Preschool Teacher’s Assistant and is her current position. Prior to Emanuel, she operated an in-home Day Care through NYS Social Services for 18 years, while raising 3 children and a handicapable brother. During these years, she also was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for ten years serving as Den Mother, in committee positions, and a Suffolk County Council member.
Upon her husband’s retirement in 1995, she also retired and they traveled cross country and toured Alaska for three months in their camper. After returning home they raised a grandson, who attended and graduated Emanuel.
As well as assisting the teacher she is responsible for the extended care program. Diane is an active member of Emanuel Lutheran Church and has been involved in the altar guild, ushering, Epistle reader and alter floral arranging.
Now widowed, she enjoys her four grandchildren and the wonderful children of Emanuel. Her hobbies include crafts, gardening, and floral arranging.
Preschool Assistant/Substitute – Anna Audia
Ms. Audia joined the Emanuel team in 2020. She is an English Major at Gettysburg College. She is an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sayville where she has taught Vacation Bible School. She is a volunteer at Southside Hospital. Anna enjoys reading, going to the beach, cooking and spending time with friends.
Business Office – Paul Schulz