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LFT President Larry Carter


Larry Carter is the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. Carter is also a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Larry began his teaching career in 1993 at Murray Henderson Elementary School on the West Bank of New Orleans. He chose Murray Henderson Elementary because he felt he could serve as a role model to the boys, many whom came from single parent household. He became an active member of UTNO his first year as a teacher. He later became a member of UTNO’s Executive Council.

After teaching for seven years, he was offered the opportunity to serve both children and his fellow educators as a staff representative for the union. He served as a Grievance Specialist, and eventually became the Organizing Director. His work for his union allowed him to extend solidarity across all New Orleans school systems: New Orleans Public Schools (NOPS), the Recovery School District (RSD) and the charter schools.

He has dedicated his life to advocating for others. His mission is to ensure that the voices of professional educators in New Orleans, whether teachers, paraprofessionals, or clericals, continue to be heard. He believes that when educators have a seat at the table, students also have a seat at the table.

Larry lives in New Orleans with his wife Tawanda and his daughter Kye.


The Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, represents more than 350,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities. Our jobs include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, school nurses and health aides, technicians, groundskeepers, secretaries, bookkeepers, mechanics, special education assistants and hundreds of other job titles.

The AFT represents higher education faculty (including both full- and part-time), professional staff and graduate employees, in all sectors of higher education—public and private, two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. MORE
Throughout this century, the AFT has been a major force for preserving and strengthening America's democratic commitment to public education and public service. Desegregating public schools, passing the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act, establishing collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees, and addressing the needs of disadvantaged children are just a few of the causes the AFT has championed. MORE

Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.


Who Are We?


The Louisiana Federation of  Teachers received a charter from the American Federation of Teachers in 1965. Prior to that, an AFT local chapter existed in New Orleans as early as 1932.


For all press inquires, please contact: 

Heather Cushman
LFT Communications Director

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