AFT Vice President
Larry Carter has been president of the United Teachers of New Orleans since May 2008 and also serves as interim president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. Previously, he was a member of the UTNO executive council as well as a union grievance specialist.
Carter began teaching in 1993 at Murray Henderson Elementary School on the West Bank of New Orleans, where many of the children come from households without fathers or other male adults. The position gave Carter the chance to be a strong African-American male role model for students. Carter also has been an active member of UTNO since entering teaching. After seven years in the classroom, he was offered the opportunity to serve both children and his fellow educators as a staff representative for the union. His work with UTNO has allowed him to extend union solidarity across all New Orleans school systems—New Orleans Public Schools, the Recovery School District and charter schools.
Throughout his career, Carter has worked to ensure that the voices of teachers, paraprofessionals and clerical staff continue to be heard so that all the children of Louisiana have the opportunity to receive the outstanding education they deserve. He also believes in improving the lives of his members, enhancing the influence of the union and advancing the mission of public education.