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Betty O. Carpenter, Canadian, American writer. Certified school superintendent, principal, New Jersey, guidance counselor, elementary teacher, New York. Recipient Founders Day award New York University, 1973, Administrative Leadership award NACEL, 1984.


Carpenter, Betty O. was born on June 1, 1926 in Montreal. Daughter of Harry and Dorothy (Schacher) Shmerling.


Bachelor in Education, Brooklyn College, 1947. Master of Arts in Education, Brooklyn College, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy in Administration, New York University, 1973.


Teacher elementary grades New York City Public Schools 54 and 139, Brooklyn, 1946-1954, 62. Assistant principal Public School 139, 1962-1967. President assistant principal associate Central Office Board of Education, New York City, 1967-1968, vice president council supervisors and administrators, 1968-1969, administrative assistant personnel, 1968-1970.

Assistant superintendent Plainfield (New Jersey) Public Schools, 1970-1974. Superintendent schools Glen Rock (New Jersey) Public Schools, 1974-1984.


  • Certified school superintendent, principal, New Jersey, guidance counselor, elementary teacher, New York.



Trustee Glen Rock Library. Board, 1974-1980, United Fund Board, Glen Rock, 1975-1977. Vice chairman Iredell County Board of Adjustment North Carolina, 1990-1995.

Fellow member Lake Owners Gathered in Concern, North Carolina, 1985-1988. Member Society Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers American, National Writers Association, Bergen County Superintendents Association (president-elect), National Scrabble Association, American Contract Bridge League, Arizona Writers Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sculpture, golf, water aerobics, computers, bridge.


Married David G. Ostroff, April 6, 1946 (divorced 1972). Children: Jack Ostroff, Lucy Ostroff Harrow. Married Russell William Carpenter, Junior, October 2, 1976 (deceased).

Stepchildren: Annette Marie Carpenter Freedman, Cynthia Carpenter Jefferson, Lori Carpenter Bembry.

Harry Shmerling

Dorothy (Schacher) Shmerling

David G. Ostroff

Russell William Carpenter

Jack Ostroff Carpenter

Lucy Ostroff Harrow Carpenter

Annette Marie Carpenter Freedman Carpenter

Cynthia Carpenter Jefferson Carpenter

Lori Carpenter Bembry Carpenter