Professor Viveca Carter is a native of Gary, IN, though she earned her Bachelors in Secondary Education (Language Arts) at Auburn University. She returned to the Region to teach English classes ranging from sixth grade through college level. She has the distinction of being the first African American teacher at Merrillville High School and the first African American female administrator in Portage Township Schools. Her love of effective instruction led her to a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University Calumet. She then embarked on a study of leadership and obtained an administrative license in Secondary Education followed by an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University. She has served students in the roles of lead teacher, extracurricular sponsor, language arts tutor, English department chair, beginning teacher mentor, assistant principal, associate principal, principal, and director of curriculum and instruction. She now serves students at Martin University as an assistant professor in English, Education, Leadership, and academic mentor. She partners with faculty as Curriculum Chair.