Principal – 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 Emanuel’s staff in 1996 as their Reading Teacher. It was with much excitement that Mrs. Norman accepted the position of Principal at our school in 2009. 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.
Pastor – Reverend Norbert Folwaczny
The Reverend Norbert Folwaczny is a strong supporter of church schools and of Emanuel School in particular. He has been a parish pastor for 40 years and the pastor at Emanuel since 2006. Originally from Western New York, he has served congregations with schools in New York State, Ohio, and Maryland. His wife Monica taught in Lutheran schools for 25 years. Their daughter Katherine began her teaching career in Lutheran schools and all three of their adult children are graduates of the same. Over the years he has taught religion, language, and church history classes to older students. He also conducts school chapel services and works closely with Emanuel’s principal Denise Norman. “I have found that a healthy, happy school is our church’s greatest blessing.” Pastor can often be found in the lunchroom inspecting cookies and other sweets.
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 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? ”
Church Secretary – Cheryl Perry
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.Wayne Caldicott
Early Childhood Faculty
Preschool Teacher – Dorrian Decker
Ms. Decker started at Emanuel Lutheran as the PreK teacher in September 2018 and was the perfect fit for our growing preschool program. Prior to teaching at Emanuel, she worked in many capacities for a board painting company called Simple Little Detail on Long Island. She continues to work for SLD teaching painting classes and completes custom work for the company. Ms. Decker received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. She taught fourth and fifth grade for several years in North Carolina before moving to New York. She moved to New York and had her son, Michael. While at home when her son was younger, she completed her Masters Degree in Special Education from St. John’s University. Ms. Decker enjoys painting, gardening, and spending time with her family as much as possible in North Carolina.
Preschool Teacher – Nancy Pisano
Learn & Play Teacher – Julie Remien
Kindergarten – Nicole Henn
Ms. Henn joined Emanuel Lutheran School in September 2018 as the Kindergarten teacher. However, she has been very involved in Emanuel for the past 9 years as a parent. Ms. Henn was President of the PTFL for several years, volunteered for many events that Emanuel has held and was a substitute teacher here at Emanuel Lutheran for a few years as well. Ms. Henn is beyond thrilled to be joining the Emanuel teaching staff full time. She received a MD in Elementary Education from Dowling College. Ms. Henn has two children, Preston and Isabella, that attend Emanuel Lutheran. They keep her very busy outside of school.
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 chairperson 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 – 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 – Jennifer LaSorsa
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.
Math, STEAM, Science – Stephanie Douglas
English, Social Studies, Religion – Barbara Meyer
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.
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.Wayne Caldicott
Specialty Faculty and Staff
Spanish Teacher – Susan Sanchez
Physical Education & Athletic Director – Wayne Caldicott
Mr. Caldicott has been the physical education teacher and athletic director of Emanuel since 2011. As an educator and coach, he has worked in education since 1979. He has an MA in Special Education from Hofstra University. He continues to take courses to stay modern in methodology and training. He is the proud father of twins, Alexandra and Wayne who are attending St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. His favorite teams are Yankees and Manchester United, The Knicks and the sport of Lacrosse. Mr. Caldicott is a great admirer of music and art. On weekends he plays lead guitar for The Small Island Band.
Music Director – Melissa Hin
Art Director – Samantha Free
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!
Lunch Chef and Coordinator – Lindsay Dresser