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

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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.

Pam Mitchell

High School

908-852-8150 ext. 2501

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Mrs. Mitchell, a graduate of Hackettstown High School, received her BA and MS in Communication Disorders from William Paterson University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. She completed a fellowship at the Lake Drive School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; thereby earning her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. She has 25 years experience in hospital, subacute, and various school settings. She is excited about her profession, and loves helping her students to find their voice and use it to work toward their passion, whether in our community or beyond!

Elizabeth Naratil-Tintle
Willow Grove School
908-852-2805 ext. 4223
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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 school, 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.


Elena Paul
Hatchery Hill School
908-852-8550 Ext. 5802
Ms. Paul graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and in 2022 with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She completed her clinical fellowship during the 2022-2023 school year in order to earn her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a graduate of Hackettstown High School and has been working for the district since 2022. Ms. Paul loves having the opportunity to be a part of her students' journeys to reach their fullest potentials!


Mary Trillo

Hackettstown Middle School

908-852-8554 Ext. 3339

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Ms. Trillo is a Hackettstown High School graduate and attended Misericordia University where she received her Master's degree in Speech Therapy. Although, this is Ms. Trillo'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. Trillo worked in a number of different settings including public and private school, as well as in home services for Early Intervention.