December 10th, 2020
1PM on Zoom
How do you build a movement around preservation? We’ll ask Dr. Doris Carpenter who worked in Camden, New Jersey on a team that worked tirelessly and effectively to bring crucial attention to Camden High School. Though the school was ultimately demolished – the energy, partnerships, action, and publicity secured by passionate advocates provides a case study in preservation activism.
Dr. Doris Carpenter was reared in the city of Camden, New Jersey, and attended Camden City public schools. After graduating Camden High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in
Music Education from Westminster Choir College, a master’s degree in educational theory and Administration from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Temple University in Psycho-educational Processes. Dr. Carpenter is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association.
Dr. Carpenter spent her career in education as a music teacher, assistant principal, supervisor of the arts and world languages, and principal. She additionally served as chief academic
officer of an independent charter school in Trenton. Dr. Carpenter is the founder and CEO of Lion of Judah Restoration Ministries, Inc. (2003). After serving in traditional public schools for many years, she founded D.U.E. Season Charter School (an independent, grassroots charter school) in 2004 and served as the CEO until its closing in 2014.
Dr. Carpenter now works as a consultant in variety of domains in K-12 education and ministry, including, but not limited urban education, effects of poverty on learning, fear in the learning environment, and building the self-system of children in all learning environments. She additionally consults on historic preservation of buildings and other structures with significance in the African American community.
In addition to being a contributor in a 2020 Emmy nominated mini documentary, Saved or Lost Forever, she also worked diligently as part of the team that ensured Camden High School was identified as one of Preservation NJ’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in 2017.
Dr. Carpenter is a member in good standing in the Camden County NAACP, Branch 2080, where she serves as chairperson of the education and legal redress committees. She is additionally a member at-large of the NJSC NAACP Executive Committee. Dr. Carpenter has worked with choirs at all levels in both schools and churches. She trained and directed inspirational choirs, gospel choirs, youth choirs, men’s ensembles, women’s ensembles and founded Rhesa Praise Ensemble. She has served as minister of music in diverse churches. She consults with churches to improve the music ministry and enhance
nurture and youth ministries.
Dr. Carpenter gave her life to Christ in 1976 and has been responsive to His call ever since. She has committed her life to excellence in her work and in her call. Dr. Carpenter is the mother of three children, all serving the Kingdom in a musical and/or ministerial capacity. She
has seven wonderful grandchildren who are the apples of her eyes.