Speech/Language services are an integral part of the student's total education. Speech/Language Specialists provide the following:
- Identifying students with communication needs in the areas of speaking, listening, and comprehension from ages 3 - 21.
- Evaluating and diagnosing communication needs to determine if the student's ability to communicate is typical, delayed or disordered.
- Developing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEP) based upon each student's needs.
- Providing goal-based instruction in individual and/or small group therapy sessions.
- Periodic re-evaluation of student progress.
Collen Surovich, M.S.
Colleen Surovich is a Speech/Language Specialist who joined the Cresskill School District in 2018 after working in another district for nine years. She provides therapy services for students at Merritt Memorial School who have articulation, language, and fluency disorders.
Patricia Mikiewicz, M.S., CCC/SLP
NJ License # 41YS00111500
Patricia Mikiewicz is a Speech/Language Specialist based at the E.H. Bryan School. She provides therapy in the remediation of disorders of articulation, language, fluency and voice production individually and in small groups. Ms. Mikiewicz also evaluates all preschool and out of district students.
NJ License # 41YS00670700
Indira Longarzo is a Speech/Language Specialist who has been with the Cresskill School District for nine years. She provides speech/language services for students in the preschool program, as well as the Cresskill Middle and High Schools.
Shara Hirsch is a Speech/Language Specialist who has been with the Cresskill School District for eight years. She provides speech/language services to students in preschool, at Edward H. Bryan School and in the Community Steps to Independence program.
A school-based occupational therapist, or OT, looks at educationally relevant skills of children in their natural school setting. A school-based OT assesses a child's fine motor, gross motor, visual-perceptual, visual-motor, and self-help skills, along with his or her sensory needs, and how these impact functional ability in the classroom. The focus of school-based OT treatment services is to improve a child's development in the areas that he or she may have difficulties that impede his or her ability to experience success as a student in the classroom environment.
Jenny Shatzel, M.A., OTR/L
NJ License #46TR00396400
Jenny S. Shatzel is an Occupational Therapist who joined the Cresskill School District in 2018. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient and inpatient pediatric hospitals, adult acute rehabilitation, and hand therapy clinics prior to making the transition to school occupational therapy. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Trenton State College and her Master’s degree from New York University. She currently provides therapy services for the students at Merritt Memorial School, E.H. Bryan School, Cresskill preschool program, and the Cresskill Middle School.
NJ License # 46TR00723600
Jessica Lebovitz is an Occupational Therapist in her first year with the Cresskill school district. She obtained her Bacherlor’s degree from Queens College and her Master’s degree from New York Univeristy. She currently sees students at Edward H. Bryan School, the preschool, and Middle School/High School.
Barbara Peirano, M.A. , Special Education Teacher, BCBA
District Behavior Analyst
Barbara Peirano obtained her BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) certification in 2012 from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, she has a Masters in Special Education from New Jersey City University and Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia. She previously worked for twelve years at a private ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) school in New Jersey for children with Autism before moving into the public school systems. In 2015 Mrs. Peirano joined the Cresskill Child Study Team. The primary function of a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) is to plan, develop and monitor a variety of behaviors support service delivery options to meet the needs of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or other behavioral and social, communication, and/or emotional challenges. Mrs. Peirano is committed to utilizing the latest evidenced-based practices of ABA for the students she serves in the Cresskill Public Schools.
District Behavior Analyst
Paige Lippe also obtained her BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) certification in 2012 from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, she has a Masters in Forensic Psychology from John Jay University, certification as a School Psychologist from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Bachelor of Arts in Physical Anthropology from Rutgers University. Ms. Lippe has consulted as a board certified behavior analyst with many school districts in the tri-state region for a decade. She joined the Cresskill Child Study Team in 2019. Cresskill offers an unbroken continuum of care for its special needs learners; Ms. Lippe assists the district in providing individualized education via active, functional, community-based opportunities, for students with special needs.