Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 020 Lora Smothers interviewed by Iva DimitrovaAthens Oral History Project, AOHP 020 Lora Smothers interviewed by Iva Dimitrova

Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 020 Lora Smothers interviewed by Iva Dimitrova

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Oral History Project, AOHP 020 Lora Smothers interviewed by Iva Dimitrova
Creator: Dimitrova, Iva
Creator: Smothers, Lora
Dates: 2016 July 05
Extent: 1.0 interview 59 minutes
Collection Number: RBRL/361/AOHP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description

Biographical note

Lora Smothers was born in Florence, Alabama, and earned her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Emory University, and earned a master's degree in gifted education from the University of Georgia. Smothers began interning with the Freedom to Grow Unschool in Hull, Georgia while still at the University of Georgia, becoming a full-time teacher at the school after graduaton and later taking over the role of director from founder Teri Cole-Smith.

Scope and Content

Smothers talks about her background in education, studying gifted education at the graduate level at the University of Georgia, and becoming disenchanted with public school experience while student-teaching. She recalls becoming involve with the Freedom to Grow Unschool, an alternative school for children ages 6-12 in Hull, Georgia, first as intern, then as co-teacher, and ultimately as director of the school. She discusses the challenges she encountered as director, her philosophy regarding alternative education, and the current scope of the alt-ed movement in the United States and abroad.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

The Athens Oral History Project was initiated in 2014 to document modern Athens history, roughly from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Interviews cover topics such as neighborhoods and communities in Athens, civil rights demonstrations, African American history, as well as personal histories of narrators.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2017.


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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

AOHP-020 Lora Smothers video on Kaltura Access Online
AOHP 020 Lora Smothers audio on SoundCloud Access Online