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Interview with Sonja Gantt

Interviewee: 
Gantt, Sonja
Interviewer: 
Wirzbicki, Michelle
Date of Interview: 
2004-12-08
Identifier: 
OHGA0354
Subjects: 
Gantt, Sonja, 1965-; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; East Mecklenburg High School (Charlotte, N.C.); Piedmont Open Middle School (Charlotte, N.C.); Open plan schools; Teacher-student relationships; Student activities; African American students; Students--Social life and customs; Creative ability in children; Parents' and teachers' associations; North Carolina--Charlotte; Interviews (Sound recordings); Oral histories
Abstract: 
Sonja Gantt, daughter of former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, describes her educational experience within the Charlotte Mecklenburg Open Schools system as a student at Piedmont Open Middle School. She discusses influential teachers, extra-curricular activities, student camaraderie, and how her time at Piedmont Open prompted her career choices. In addition, Sonja explains how she helped form the cheerleading squad at Piedmont Open. Sonja expresses her hope that current Piedmont students enjoy their time at the school and have a similar experience as her.
Coverage: 
North Carolina--Charlotte; circa 19760 - 1980
Interview Setting: 
Piedmont Open Middle School (Charlotte, N.C.)
Collection: 
Oral History, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Open Schools Series
Collection Description: 
These interviews focus on the history and significance of open education in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. They were inspired by a school history project at Piedmont Open Middle School in 2004.
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