Speech/Language Specialists

What are speech and language services?
Speech and language services are given to those students who present with significant delays in speech (voice, fluency and articulation) and language skills.  Individual goals and objectives are created in order to help the student improve their speech and language skills. 

How often does a child receive speech and language services? 
Sessions are either in small group setting, on an individual basis or a mixture of the two.  Sessions may occur within the speech classroom or within the general education setting as the therapist deems appropriate. The frequency of the sessions depends on the severity of the speech and language delay.   

Who makes a referral for speech and language testing?
The classroom teacher or the parent(s)/guardian(s).  Once a referral is made, an initial planning and evaluation meeting will be held within 20 days to determine if an evaluation is warranted.  

If I suspect my child has a difficulty in the area of speech and language what do I do?
Talk to the teacher and ask how your child is doing in class.  Bring up your concerns regarding speech and/or language development.  If your child's performance within the classroom is impacted as a result of the speech and/or language difficulty this should be brought to the speech/language specialist's attention. 


Colleen Makarevich

Hatchery Hill School

908-852-8550 ext. 5256


Ms. Makarevich has had the privilege of being a Speech Therapist for the past 29 years.  As a graduate of Hackettstown High School, the Hackettstown School District has always held a special place in her heart.  Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology and a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA). She has also received the ACE award for continuing education from ASHA.  She is passionate about her profession and loves helping children find their voice.


Elizabeth Naratil-Tintle
Willow Grove School
908-852-2805 ext. 4231

Ms. Naratil-Tintle received her BA in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Stockton State College (Stockton University) in 1996. She then went on to earn two graduate degrees from Kean University - Human Behavioral and Occupational Psychology; and Speech/Language Pathology. She also earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association. She has been working in this field for over twenty years, in which 15 of those years have been with the Hackettstown School District. Ms. Naratil-Tintle has a close connection to the Hackettstown Public Schools, as her parents met while working at the high, where her father worked for over 36 years. She loves giving her students a voice and helping them express their thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively.


Loren Meshulam, M.S. CCC-SLP
Hackettstown Middle School
908-852-8554 ext. 3335
Ms. Meshulam graduated with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology and a Masters in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency with the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA); is licensed with the State of New Jersey and certified with the New Jersey Board of Education. Ms. Meshulam is skilled in conducting speech and language assessments and treatment plans; experienced with Autism, multiple disabilities, language disorders, and Apraxia. She has some unique experience including hippotherapy (equine/horse assisted speech therapy) aquatic (pool) therapy and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This is Ms. Meshulam’s fourth year working in Hackettstown Public Schools. Previously, she has had the pleasure of working in various settings including:  Early Intervention, Specialized Private Schools, and Warren County Special Services. She is passionate about helping all of her students reach their highest potential, communicate in the most functional and effective manner and creating a fun, positive environment that cultivates learning and growth for communication success!


Mary Heavey

Hackettstown Middle School

908-852-8554 ext.


Ms. Heavey is a Hackettstown High School graduate and attended Misericordia University where she received her Master's degree in Speech Therapy. Although, this is Ms. Heavey's first year as a Hackettstown employee, she has been a Speech Language Pathologist for the past 15 years. Prior to arriving at Hackettstown, Ms. Heavey worked in a number of different settings including public and private school, as well as in home services for Early Intervention.