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Interview with Barbara Ledford

Ledford, Barbara
Williams, Jill
Date of Interview: 
Ledford, Barbara, 1940-; Miller, Leroy "Pop"; Wake Forest College; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, N.C.); East Mecklenburg High School (Charlotte, N.C.); Northeast Junior High School (McLeansville, N.C.); Education; Multiculturalism; English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; School management and organization; School integration; North Carolina--Charlotte; Interviews (Sound recordings); Oral histories
Barbara Ledford describes her experiences as a teacher and administrator within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, where she was employed in several schools including East Charlotte High School, Northeast Junior High School, and West Charlotte High School. Despite the fact that she was only there for the last five years of her 32 year career, Ms. Ledford describes her experience as the principal at West Charlotte as the "jewel in the crown" of her career. In describing what made West Charlotte an exceptional school Ms. Ledford notes the wide diversity of the student body, stressing that students of all backgrounds participated in the highest level courses and received academic honors and awards, though she acknowledges that inequities of society were reflected within the school. Ms. Ledford also expresses her appreciation for the English as a Second Language program at West Charlotte, which not only extended the diversity of the school, but which also served as a cultural enrichment to the school.
North Carolina--Charlotte; 1958 - 1999
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North Carolina--Mooresville
Levine Museum of the New South, West Charlotte Series
Collection Description: 
For this series, interviewer Jill Williams interviewed former students, teachers, administrators and parents associated with West Charlotte High School during the early years of racial integration in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
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