School Support Administrators

Dr. Ozella D. Ford

Dr. Ozella D. Ford has a wealth of professional experience gained through varied positions of enhanced responsibilities. As a career educator, she has worked in capacities where academic excellence in teaching and learning served as the capstone in the success of schools. Currently, Dr.  Ford is employed as the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning with the Selma City Schools District located in Selma, Alabama.  


Ozella’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Elementary Education, a Master’s Certification in Educational Administration, and an Education Specialist degree in Elementary Education all from Auburn University Montgomery. She has also received Master of Science in Adult Education earned at Troy University Montgomery. Lastly, Dr. Ford has an earned Ph.D. in Leadership, Policy, and Law from the Alabama State University. 


Dr. Ozella D. Ford has spent the last twenty-plus years working as a catalyst in the transformation of schools. She has years of teaching experience in elementary education and varied postsecondary teaching exposures at the collegiate level. Furthermore, she has served in both of the assistant principal and principal roles as well as an assessment program coordinator at Alabama State University.  Above all, she cites as her greatest accomplishment, is the ability to shape effective, student-centered, twenty-first century learning environments that promote the growth and development of students through effective teaching and teachers by building their instructional capacity to positively impact learning.   


Ozella enjoys laughing with friends, discussing education, learning new things, creating home décor, and horseback riding. 

Courtney Utsey

Courtney Utsey is the Director of Special Education of Selma City Schools.  Her career in special education currently spans 18 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Alabama and her Masters in Special Education and Instructional Leadership from the University of West Alabama. She began her career as a Resource Teacher and Speech Language Pathologist. She also served as an Education Specialist for Special Education Services for  Alabama State Department of Education. She currently serves the ALA-CASE Board as the Representative for District 8 and Co-Chair to the Membership Committee and was recently elected as the South Representative for the Executive Board. 
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