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Photo courtesy: Joe Carter

CARTER, Joe. (Chicago, IL-- ). Carter moved to Dubuque after being recruited by LORAS COLLEGE to play basketball. Helping him deflect racism were James COLLINS, then the vice president of the college; Jay Dull, a coach; and Bob Specht, a leader at the Graber Sports Center. He also credited 'becoming the best Christian' he could be with being able to break down stereotypes and be an agent for positive change. (1) As a former supervisor for him as he proceeded through the education courses and observation of teaching at HOOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, I can also attest to his infectious grin and genuine interest in others for propelling him towards success in life and his chosen career. (2)

Photo courtesy: Joe Carter

Carter began his teaching at KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and has credited Barb Sharp for being an excellent role model. He quickly went beyond the expected with his involvement of students in the annual, but not obligatory, History Day contest. In this he saw many of his students win locally and become able to compete for state honors in Des Moines. He was named D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year in 2014 for his work in the drug education program, coached basketball and served on the Board of Directors of the Dubuque Teachers Credit Union. A avid bowhunter and fisherman, Carter fishes professionally on Cabela's national walleye tour. He also encourages the young to fish by his involvement in the Dubuque Walleye Club "Kids Day."

Carter and his wife Tassie, a nurse practitioner at UNITYPOINT HEALTH-FINLEY HOSPITAL, have three children who continue Carter's athletic prowess--Joshua, a senior at the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE who led the Wahlert Golden Eagles to back-to-back state championships during his junior and senior seasons...two-time Iowa Class 3A Second Team All-State selection... two-time first team all-conference; Noan, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa who had offers from Lehigh, Air Force, South Dakota State, Drake, Truman State and UNI while receiving interest from high-major programs after high school; and Aliyah, a sophomore at Kansas State University. The boys have been standout basketball players while Aliyah was named Big 12 Rookie of the Year and Midwest Region Rookie of the Year in volleyball. (3)



1. "Where Are They Now?" London, Michelle, "Joe Carter," Telegraph Herald, August 2021, p. 8

2. Lyon, Randolph, teacher at Hoover Elementary School

3. "Where Are They Now?...