Carolyn P. Powell oral history interview, 2004 December 2
Carolyn Powell was a woman of retirement age at the time of interview, which took place at Piedmont Open Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Cleveland County, North Carolina. She was educated at Douglas High School in Lawndale, North Carolina; and was employed as a vocational teacher and assistant school principal.
Carolyn Powell discusses her experiences as both a teacher and administrator at Piedmont Open Middle School. Ms. Powell began her tenure at Piedmont as a teacher in 1978, and held the position of assistant principal from 1994 to 2004. Ms. Powell discusses both the rewards and challenges of being an educator. She speaks very fondly of her time at Piedmont Middle School and shares various stories, including her winning season as a basketball coach and a visit to the school from First Lady Barbara Bush. Ms. Powell discusses changes in educational philosophy and student culture during her career. She was in the process of retiring from Piedmont Middle School at the time of this interview, and she concludes by praising the staff and administrative team at Piedmont Middle School for their hard work.