A call to action

I’ve spent my life as an educator, working in North Carolina’s public schools and universities, and my career of service has brought me immense joy and satisfaction. Although I’ve never been involved in politics, I’ve developed a deep, abiding concern for the education and well-being of all students, teachers, and families in our great state. I understand better than anyone that quality education isn’t just a talking point or a slogan—it’s a core value that makes North Carolina special.

 

Because this value is under attack by our current leadership in Raleigh, I’ve decided once again to step forward and speak out.  I’m going to fight hard for the values and principles we hold dear – but I can’t do it alone. I ask that you join me on the campaign trail to make your voices heard this November.

Get to Know Joe

Joe Webb was born in 1947 in Macclesfield, NC, to two hard-working farmers, Herbert and Lucille. Because of the support and sacrifice of his loving parents, Joe was able to attend college, graduating from East Carolina with a BS in History and Social Studies Education.

In 1969, Joe found the two loves of his life: his beautiful wife, Elly Hernandez Webb, and teaching. Since the start of his career teaching history at Jacksonville High School, Joe has continued to serve as an educator in North Carolina for nearly 50 years.  Joe and Elly are incredibly proud of their three children—Allyson, Michael, and Ashley— with all“joining the family business” by becoming teachers themselves.

In his five decades of public service, Joe climbed the ranks from classroom teacher to principal, and now supervises and mentors student teachers just embarking on their careers.  Joe has learned firsthand about the immeasurable community benefits that come from investing in quality education for all. However, in the past decade, Joe has witnessed North Carolina leadership gut our education system, causing class sizes to balloon out of control, forcing teachers to work second jobs just to pay the bills, and imposing drastic cuts to school budgets.

In his work with East Carolina University and UNCW for the last 14 years as a supervisor for student teachers, Joe continued to witness the same level of dedication and hard work by educators across the state who labor with increasingly limited resources to do their best to serve their students.

As a strong advocate for civic action, Joe served as the Congressional District Coordinator for the We The People Program developed by the Center for Civic Education (www.civiced.org.) He served as a leader for the program and conducted workshops for teachers. Joe also mentored teachers and supported mock congressional hearings as a judge for many student hearings at the regional and state level.

 

From 2004 to 2008, Joe served as the state coordinator for the Center’s Project Citizen program. In this role, he provided leadership for a program devoted to teaching middle and high school students about public policy and the role of civic engagement in shaping laws and policies from the local to national level.

In retirement, Joe proudly serves as the vice chairman of the Onslow County Home Health and Hospice Board and is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. When he’s taking a break from the campaign trail, Joe can be found cheering on his Pirates and spending time with his awesome grandchildren!

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