Speech Pathologist
Lorraine Weitz, MS CCC-SLP


I believe that the ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important and necessary skills needed to be successful in life.  It is with great joy that I try to help each of my students improve their communication.  I love working at Hale.

I have been an educational speech-language pathologist for 25 years.  I used to work in business, but I find working with children so much more rewarding.

I earned a bachelors degree from Macalester College and a masters degree in Communication Disorders from St. Cloud State University.  I have worked with students in pre-school through high school. I am bilingual (English/Spanish).


I have two children, who are seniors in college (yes, twins! – a boy and a girl).  I have a gorgeous Siberian Husky named Annie, and two cats.  I now live in the city, after 15 years in Chanhassen.  It’s great to be back and have a short commute.

Please contact me if you have any questions about service or your child’s communication needs.  I work with students who have problems with speech, language, social skills, stuttering and voice.  

It works best to reach me by email at lorraine.weitz@mpls.k12.mn.us. My direct phone number at Hale is  612-668-3772.



Erica Barnes, CCC-SLP

I believe that every child should have the opportunity to communicate as fully as possible.  My goal as a speech-language therapist is to remove as many barriers as possible so that every child can communicate his/her wants and needs.  

I have been helping people communicate in different vocations since 2001.  I taught English as a Second Language in Jeon-ju City, South Korea from 2001-2002 before enrolling in graduate studies at the University of Minnesota.  Following graduate school I practiced in the hospital system working with adults and children.  I join the Minneapolis Public School community in 2010.  

How humans aquire language (especially multiple languages) is fascinating to me.  I am married to a biligual French and English speaker (Philip grew up in Paris!) and have a nearly bilingual 6 year old.  When not teaching I enjoy cooking, traveling, and fundraising to find a cure for MLD in honor of my late daughter. 

If you have any questions or conerns about your child's speech or language development you can reach me at 612-668-3776.