At Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development we invest whole-heartedly in early childhood. It is a short period that will set the direction of a child’s entire life and we are committed to helping parents and children get it right. What makes us special is our focus on helping children understand and manage their feelings. We do this through our School, Hadden Clinic, Community Engagement, Reinberger Parent Child Resource Center and Child Psychoanalytic Training Program.
The Lippman School offers a globalized K-8 independent school education unsurpassed in the Greater Akron Area. We present small classes, carefully selected teachers, and a fast-paced curriculum. With value added character development, international perspective and a robust sense of community, students easily connect with their peer group and gain confidence through a sense of belonging. While embracing the rich Jewish values and traditions it was founded on 50 years ago, The Lippman School enjoys its reputation for diversity, offering a vibrant, hands-on, dual-language learning environment. Students appreciate the sensitivity of skilled teachers who challenge them within an engaging inquiry-based model.
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Debby Paris received her BA from Yale University and masters in clinical social work from CWRU. She then received her training in child psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from the Cleveland Center for Research in Child Development. Debby worked in the Department of Child Psychiatry at University Hospitals before becoming an associate at the Hanna Perkins Center, where she also served on the faculty for Child Analytic Training, participated in a ten year program to train consultants to day care funded by TRW, led workshops for teachers, led parenting groups, and published several articles in the journal Child Analysis. She has consulted to pre-schools, as well as public and private schools where she has worked with groups of parents and teachers. Debby had a private practice for 35 years that specialized in families and children.
Susan Ratner received a BA from Brandeis University and an MSW from Case Western Reserve University. She has been in the field of parent education for 35 years, leading groups of parents to discuss normal development of young children through the JCC of Cleveland and independently. These groups focussed on what to expect from young children, how to help them and how to help parents feel competent as they weather storms of normal development. She was director of the Family Center at the JCC, director of JDN Early Childhood Center and served as co-director of education and prevention at Bellefairejcb. Currently she is an assistant director at Bellefairejcb, involved with strategic planning for early childhood and the agency’s autism services.
Jacqueline Ponsky received her BS degree in education from Ohio State University and her Masters in Human Services from John Carroll University. She served as an instructor in Parenting for the Family Health Association and was also deeply involved in AIDS education in schools. She initiated and directed an Employee Assistance Program at a major financial institution. Jackie has also served for many years as a facilitator in medical student education at CWRU School of Medicine.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Sam graduated Cum Laude from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from the University of Akron. Sam serves on several Boards in the community and is the former President of the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools. Prior to joining the Lippman School, Sam has been the Head of School at The Lillian and Betty Ratner School in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Prior to that, he served as Ratner’s Assistant Head of School.
Victoria Todd, LISW-S, is a clinical social worker, therapist and child psychoanalyst with more than 25 years experience assisting children, adolescents and parents. She has developed the Mad v. Mean anti-bullying curriculum for preschool children. She is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Judith L. Pitlick, MA, LPCC is a child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She works with individuals, couples, parents, and families. Pitlick is on the Faculty of the Cleveland Psychoanalytical Center and the Hanna Perkins Center, where she teachers and supervises. As a licensed teacher in regular and special education, she previously taught at a therapeutic school as well as at area colleges and universities. Consultation with directors, teachers and parents at area schools and child care centers has been a focus for her. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Case Western Reserve Medical School Department of Psychiatry. She has had two articles published about her work with children and families, and co-wrote a chapter in a book for teachers and mental health professionals about the emotional development of children. She is the recipient of a teaching award from a professional organization.
Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW, is a psychotherapist in private practice serving children, adolescents and adults. She also works with parents, couples and families. She provides consultations to schools; continuing education for teachers; and offers education/support groups for parents. She graduated from the Mandel School of Social Science and Hanna Perkins Center’s Analytic Training Program.
Dr. Suzanne Schneps is a clinical psychologist in private practice who works with children, teens, families and adults. She is a frequent workshop presenter for teachers, parents and mental health professionals.