CHILDBUILDING puts a fine point on parenting as it relates to school. It is a joint venture by Denise Gershowitz, and Peter Braverman, two experienced school administrators; and Daniel Abzug, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in child development. Meet us below.
Denise Gershowitz was Head of Concord Hill School in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from 2002 to 2016. During her 14 years, Concord Hill blossomed into a nationally recognized elementary school, with teachers widely regarded as experts in child development throughout the Washington area. Under Denise’s leadership, Concord Hill became a leader in the social development of young learners, broadened its academic program to incorporate technology and foreign language study, and increased diversity significantly, due in part to a quadrupling of the school’s endowment. Denise graduated from Simmons College, and earned her master's degree in education from Bank Street College of Education in New York.
Peter Braverman is the principal at Arc Development, founded in 2014 to provide professional services to teachers, administrators, and parents. Prior to founding Arc, Peter was Middle School Head at Green Acres School in Rockville, Maryland, for 11 years, spending an additional year directing high school placement for graduating eighth graders. Peter has a strong interest in helping parents raise children through school — since they spend more waking time during the week at school than at any other place. At Green Acres, Peter developed multiple programs to help parents to understand their children’s school lives. Peter graduated from Wesleyan and earned his master’s degree in education at Harvard.
Daniel Abzug is the Clinical Director of Sun Point Wellness Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Before founding Sun Point, Daniel was the primary therapist at two Joint Commission–accredited dual-diagnosis treatment centers in the Baltimore region, serving at-risk students and adolescents with chronic substance misuse and mental health disorders. At Sun Point, Daniel has shifted his focus to utilizing cognitive and mindfulness-based strategies to strengthen adolescents’ ability to cope with anxiety as it relates to both school and home. Daniel graduated from the University of Maryland–Baltimore County with a major in psychology, and earned his master’s degree in social work at University of Maryland–Baltimore.