Welcome to Faith Nursery School!


**There are still spots open in our 3-year olds and 4-year olds classes for the 2019-2020 school year. Please call the office for details.**

We have served the children of Faith Lutheran Church and the Syosset community for over fifty years!

Our programs offer children freedom for creative expression and growth in self-discipline, confidence, and social skills in a nurturing, loving, Christian environment.

Our small class size ensures ample opportunity for individual attention and achievement under the guidance and supervision of early childhood professionals.

At Faith Nursery School, your child will be secure in a clean, healthy, Christian environment surrounded by well-trained and carefully screened staff members specially selected to care for our students. Our teachers’ credentials far exceed the industry’s standards.

We are fully licensed and accredited by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, license #736780.

Faith is where lifelong learning begins and lifelong friendships are made.

Come grow in Faith…


Every day is an Open House, please call for an appointment.

Please call or email Co-Director Darlene Happel for more information about our school or to schedule a tour.

Office Phone: 516-921-3330



Why should you choose Faith Nursery School?

  We provide a safe, secure, and caring environment  in which to build self-esteem and confidence.


  We strive to cultivate each child's natural desire to learn and to foster their natural curiosity.


  Faith Nursery School is licensed under the New York Office of Children and Family Services.


  We have small, intimate classes with student/teacher ratios lower then mandated.


  We offer half, extended, and full day classes.


  Our week includes chapel, music enrichment, and rhythm and movement classes.


  Our teachers are early childhood specialists averaging over 20 years' experience.



Please come in and see for yourself! We would love to give you a tour!




Faith Nursery School

2020/2021 School Calendar

(Dates are subject to change)

We generally follow the Syosset School District Calendar.



9/7 – Labor Day

9/10 – Student/Parent Orientation

9/14 – First Day of School

9/13 – Back to School Sunday Service / Blessing of the Backpacks, Students, and Staff

All families are invited!

9/28 - Yom Kippur/School Closed





10/12 – Columbus Day / School Closed

10/30 – Pumpkin Parades – Parents are invited at 9:45



11/11 – Veterans Day / School Closed

11/23 – Thanksgiving Celebration / Regular Day of School

11/25–27 - Thanksgiving Break / School Closed

All families are invited!



12/23 – Breakfast with Santa – no afternoon classes

12/24–1/1/21 – Christmas Break / School Closed



1/4 – School Reopens

1/18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day / School Closed



2/12 Lunar New Year/School Closed

2/15-19 Presidents' Week / School Closed

2/22 – School Reopens




3/2 - Dr. Seuss' Birthday/Regular Day of School

3/29-4/2 Easter Break/School Closed

All families are invited!



3/29 – 4/2 Easter Break / School closed

4/5 School Reopens



5/13 Eid al-Fitr/School Closed

5/26 Annual School Picnic

5/27-31 – Memorial Day Weekend / School Closed



6/9 – Graduation and Moving Up Ceremony – no afternoon classes



Darlene Happel

Co-Director, Nursery School Teacher

Miss Darlene, the lead teacher in the “Bunny” Nursery Class, has been with Faith for 20 years. In that time, she has worked with every age group and has also worked in our summer program for many years.

Darlene is a Child Development Associate (CDA), the most nationally recognized credential in early childhood education. In becoming a CDA, Darlene is demonstrating herself as a committed, confident practitioner with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.

Darlene attended Plaza Business Institute and Queens College for her Business Degree and worked in the financial industry, including working for Lloyds Bank where she traded foreign exchange for Fortune 500 companies on their corporate foreign exchange desk for 10 years. Darlene left the business arena to raise her family.

Over the past years, Darlene has volunteered in Syosset’s Elementary, Middle and High Schools and has chaired various PTA committees. In addition, she has taught Sunday school and was a Girl Scout Leader. 

Justine Kang

Co-Director, Pre-K Teacher

This is Miss Justine's fifth year at Faith Nursery School. She is the head teacher in the “Kangaroo” Pre-K Class.

She loves teaching the Pre-K class where she is able to witness the growth in the children as they are being prepared for kindergarten.  Justine has received her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She holds a Permanent Teacher Certification from the states of New York and New Jersey.

In addition to teaching Pre-K here at Faith, Justine has a vast array of teaching experiences including teaching at New York City Public Schools, The Seoul Academy International School, in Seoul, Korea, and The Dalton School in New York, New York.

She also has spent 14 years volunteering her time teaching Sunday School and Summer Vacation Bible School for 16 years.

Justine has been a resident of Syosset for the past 22 years.  Justine's other interests include playing the piano and tennis. She is also bilingual in Korean and English.


Wendy Abruzzo


Administrative Assistant and Teacher’s Assistant


Miss Wendy has been caring for the children at Faith for the past 28 years. She is currently the Administrative Assitant and a Teacher’s Assistant.

Wendy has worked with all age groups as a teacher’s assistant, camp counselor, and camp director. 

She is a reliable and dedicated worker, to both Faith and the children. She keeps calm and is always caring and nurturing.

Wendy has lived in the community for 36 years, has a grown daughter, and two grandchildren.  Wendy is an asset to both the school and the church.

Crystal Antico

Nursery School Teacher

Miss Crystal is the lead teacher in the “Duckling” Nursery Class. Crystal has a Bachelors Degree in Art and Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and also studied early childhood education at Suffolk Community College in Selden. In addition to teaching 2 and 3 year olds here at Faith, in the past, Crystal has worked as a toddler teacher at The Growing Tree Nursery School, and as a preschool teacher at The Learning Experience. Crystal lived in the community for years and has recently moved to Massapequa along with her 2 sets of twins, ages 6 and 10. When Crystal is not here, she enjoys spending her time with her children. She loves doing arts and crafts, has a passion for rescuing dogs and is a huge sports fan. 

Kristine Bogovic

Pre-K Teacher

Miss Kristine is back at Faith Nursery School after a short hiatus.  Kristine is the lead teacher in the "Butterfly" Pre-K class.  She has an M.S. from Queens College in Early Childhood Education and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Queens College.  Kristine holds a Permanent New York State Teacher Certification in Nursery, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-6.  In addition to teaching 3 and 4 year olds here at Faith, Kristine taught Kindergarten for 9 years in Corona, Queens, for the New York City Department of Education.  Over the past years, Kristine has volunteered in the Bethpage school district.  She has also volunteered her time teaching Sunday School at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plainview.  When Kristine is not here, she enjoys spending quality time with her family.  Other interests include arts and crafts and baking.

Christine Diekmann

Teacher’s Assistant

Miss Chris is the assistant teacher in the Butterfly classroom. Miss Chris has been with Faith Nursery School for 29 years. Over the years she has worked with all age groups. 
Chris is a certified medical assistant; she graduated from the Mandel School. Chris worked as a medical secretary and medical assistant for many years before switching careers and coming to work at Faith. 
Chris has been a member here at Faith Evangelical Lutheran church for many years. She has worked in the office, taught Sunday school and has been a counselor in the summer program. Chris and her husband sing in the choir. 
Chris loves her job, loves to work alongside this great group of women, and enjoys working with the children. She will cry right along with the children when they are sad or upset and cheer them on when they succeed. Miss Chris is always encouraging the students to try new things.

Marie Hamlin

Teacher’s Assistant

Miss Marie is the assistant teacher of the three-year old Bunny Class.  Marie worked at Faith a few years back and we are lucky she has returned to us after a short hiatus. 
Marie worked for a scientific publishing company for 16 years before she left to raise her son.  When returning to the work force Marie helped tutor elementary school students in math.  She was a teacher's aide in the higher grades and then she realized nursery school was where her heart was. 
Marie was class Mom at her son’s elementary school for many years.  She was actively involved in the PTA. Miss Marie feels privileged to be witnessing and sharing precious moments and milestones in her students' lives.  She loves to learn and discover with them.

Linda Chan

Teacher's Assistant

Miss Linda newly joined Faith Nursery School in September 2019 as the assistant teacher of the 4-year old Kangaroo Class.  Linda is a graduate of Binghamton University with a B.S. in Biology.  She has worked for three medical centers in the past 20+ years as a Patient Relations Advocate; aiding patients and families in getting the care they needed.  Her primary patient population were in Pediatrics and Mother and Babies, and any patients that walked through the door needing her assistance and emotional support.  

After moving to Syosset in late 2016, Linda took a break from the professional world to raise her two children.

Linda was introduced to Faith Nursery School in 2019, where she had the opportunity to experience the joy of interacting with the children.  Linda enjoys being around the Kangaroos.  She finds it fulfilling to be able to nurture young children and getting them prepared for Kindergarten.

Linda is very happy in joining the wonderful staff at Faith Nursery, and looks forward to meeting the blossoming minds that come through Faith's door.

Sylvia Palczewski


Teacher's Assistant


Miss Sylvia is the Teacher's Assistant in the "Duckling" nursery class.  Sylvia came to the USA from Poland seventeen years ago.  She used to live in Queens (Middle Village).  In 2018, she moved with her family to Syosset.  She has an Associate's degree from Touro College in Arts and a Bachelor's degree in Science.  Prior to coming to Faith, she worked in a medical office doing billing.  Sylvia is a volunteer in religion class at St. Edward's Church and for Scout Pack 205.  She is the mother of two boys in fourth and first grade.  They attend the Syosset School District.  After work, Sylvia loves spending time with her kids.  She is a busy soccer, swimming and scouts "mom."  She is also bilingual in Polish and English.

Maryann Aragona

Music Teacher/Teacher's Assistant

Miss Maryann has been a teacher for the past twenty years at Faith Nursery School.  Over the years, she has been a head teacher for the two, three, and four-year-old classes.  She has a Master's Degree from CW Post in Elementary Education, which certifies her to teach children in Nursery School through grade six.  Also, she has a second Master's Degree from Adelphi University in Special Education, which certifies her to teach children with disabilities from birth to grade six.  In addition, she is certified to be an Early Intervention therapist for children with developmental delays from birth to three years old.  She has taught piano for eighteen years as well.  Miss Maryann loves being a part of the Faith family and hopes to have many more years at this wonderful school.