Assistant Commissioner - Student Services
Margaret (Peggy) McDonald is Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Student Services in the New Jersey Department of Education.
In her role, Dr. McDonald helps to oversee four offices and the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf. In addition, she manages the New Jersey Tiered System of Support (NJTSS) federal grant project. The offices in the division conduct policy and professional development for students who are experiencing: economic hardship; homelessness; or disabilities, students who are migrant, struggling in school and students who participate in 21st century extended learning programs.
Dr. McDonald has longevity with the department and she holds a wealth of expertise in a variety of programs that she has implemented, led and/or contributed to throughout her career.
Previous to her current role, she was Acting Assistant Commissioner in the Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services, during which she directed five offices that advance programs and services for students with disabilities, students in underserved populations, students who are bullied, students with behavior challenges, and, students who are English Language Learners.
In addition, Dr. McDonald served with the NJDOE as: Director of the Office of Special Education; Manager of the Bureau of Program Accountability; Education Program Specialist, and; Consultant for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
At the start of her career, Dr. McDonald taught students who are deaf at the elementary and middle-school level and provided speech, language and audiological services in New Jersey schools.
Dr. McDonald has been an adjunct Instructor of Deafness and Human Behavior at both Kean University and Union County College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing and her Master of Arts in Audiology at Kean University. She also holds an Ed.D. in Education from Rutgers University.