Madison (WKOW) -- from State of Wisconsin: Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Rick Raemisch today announced the appointment of Margaret Carpenter as the new Administrator of the Division of Juvenile Corrections (DJC).
Carpenter, who is currently the Education Director for the DOC's Office of Program Services in the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI), begins her new role Oct. 13.
"Margaret's background, talents and dedication to helping youths succeed will be tremendous assets to the Division of Juvenile Corrections as it strives to hold juvenile offenders accountable in institutions and in the community, while offering them with the opportunities to be productive, responsible and law-abiding individuals who do not re-offend," Secretary Raemisch said.
Carpenter brings close to 20 years of professional experience in education to the Administrator position.
From 1990-95, she worked for the Chicago Public Schools system, first as a Human Relations Officer specializing in discipline referrals, and then as a Teacher of seventh-grade math, science and reading.
In 1996, she joined the Kenosha Unified School District as a Teacher of sixth-grade math and science, and she then moved to the posts of Learning Specialist, Interim Assistant Principal and then Principal of an inner-city Elementary School.
Carpenter joined the DOC in 2007 as Education Director for the DAI's Office of Program Services, where she has overseen efforts Division-wide to help offenders make educational gains in math, writing, reading and other areas.
In addition to her public school roles, Carpenter co-coordinated an Alternative Teaching Certification Program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from 1997-2001.
In addition to her educational background, Carpenter was active in the Illinois Army National Guard from 1982-96.
She received her commission as an Army 2nd Lieutenant/Signal Corp Officer, and she left her commission in 1996 as a Captain after spending 1.5 years as a Company Commander of a Communications Unit.
Carpenter earned her bachelor's degree in Ethnic Relations from the University of the State of New York (USNY) and her master's degree in Urban Teaching from Concordia University.
She also has Wisconsin Teaching and Administrative Certifications.
Carpenter succeeds former DJC Administrator Charles Tubbs, who recently was appointed Chief of the Capitol Police Force.