Dr. Ozella Ford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

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, Mrs. Ford is employed as the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning with the Selma City School district, located in Selma, Alabama.  

Ozella’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Education in Elementary Education, a Master’s Level Certification in Educational Administration, and an Education Specialist degree in Elementary Education all from Auburn University Montgomery. In addition, she has a Master of Science in Adult Education earned at Troy University Montgomery. 

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 as both assistant principal and principal, 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 as well as teachers.  

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

Cheryl Randolph

Cheryl Randolph finds honor in serving as the Early and Social Emotional Learning Coordinator for Selma City School.  I am a product of Selma City Schools, and my tenure includes twenty-six years in this system. This includes working as a second grade teacher, fifth grade teacher, sixth grade teacher, tutor for various grades, school counselor, committee chair for various committees, and former Principal of Byrd First Class Early Learning Center. As the Selma City Schools Early and Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, I serve as the PreK Program Director for Selma City Schools Strong Start PreK, 504 System Coordinator,  Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, and several other capacities.  My undergraduate years were completed at  Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University and proceeded to graduate studies at Alabama State University.  In 2012, I became a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) with certification in Early Childhood to Young Adulthood School Counseling. My motto is that “Teamwork Makes Dream Work” through collaboration with teachers, parents, stakeholders, and the many members of the city of Selma. As an educator, I am committed to excellence and strive to make a positive difference. Please contact my office at 419-7250 or for questions or concerns. 

Dr. Alisa Smiley

Dr. Alisa Smiley is a native of the historic Selma, Alabama. She is a former graduate of Selma High School and presently serves as the District Behavior Interventionist for Selma City Schools. Alisa serves scholars daily, as she assists them in grasping the fundamental principles of social and emotional learning. She also works closely with school counselors, principals, teachers, and parents. Furthermore, she assists in the developing and maintaining of partnerships with local community agencies, as several of these agencies serve scholars of Selma City Schools as well.

Alisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Alabama. In 1998, she earned her Master of Science degree in clinical child psychology from the University of South Alabama. In 2014, she later pursued and earned her Doctor of Education in counseling psychology from Argosy University. Alisa has over 18 years of mental health experience and has served as a mental health therapist, an in-home therapist, and as a Youth and Family Mental Health Director. She is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and currently promotes trauma informed practices across the district. She also promotes self-care among teachers via the mobile self-care unit. Alisa engages in her own self-care by singing and spending time with family, church members, and friends.

Anne Williamson

Mrs. Anne Williamson is the district STEAM Specialist for Selma City Schools.  She believes that through the strategies and philosophies of STEAM education, engaging learning environments can be created that make learning irresistible and prepare scholars for the opportunities and challenges of the future!  Mrs. Williamson was selected as the 2018-19 Secondary "Teacher of the Year" for the Selma City School System.  She holds a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama. She served as an Instructional Technology Specialist for over 20 years. 
Mrs. Williamson certifications include Business, Management and Administration, Family and Consumer Science, English Language Arts, Secondary Education, and Elementary Education.  She is a Google Certified Educator and has over 30 years of teaching experience in grades 5-12 in a wide variety of subject areas including Computer Technology, Applications and Programming, Science, Family, and Consumer Science, History, Algebra, and Geometry.  
Mrs. Williamson is a native of  Atlanta, Georgia.  She and her family have enjoyed living in “Old Town” Selma for 34 years.

Tamitha Rowden

Tamitha Rowden

Mrs. Rowden has been with the Selma City Schools district for ten years and currently serving as the Lead Teacher of the Alternative Learning Center. As the RTI and SIR specialist for the district, Mrs. Rowden is also skilled in the designing of challenging, enriching, and innovating activities that address the diverse interests and needs of staff and students. Under her leadership, the Alternative Learning Center has been revamped and rebranded as not only an alternative school but as a non-punitive system of support for students in need of a nontraditional curriculum. Education: Bachelors of Arts (Communications)- Miles College, Masters of Education (English Language Arts)- Alabama State University, Masters of Education (Instructional Leadership)- Alabama State University, Educational Specialist (Instructional Leadership)- Jacksonville State University.

Ira Austin

Ira Austin

Ira Austin is a native of Selma, AL. and a product of the Selma City School System. I have been employed as a nurse for 13 years within the Selma City School District. I am a graduate of WCCS and Jacksonville State University. I am married and the mother of two sons. I have been in the nursing field for over 38 years. I was employed with Vaughn Regional Medical Center as a med-surgery and Obstetric nurse during my 31 year tenure. I am a member of the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church where I serve on the Usher Board, Nurses Guild Ministry and a member of the National Association of School Nurses. Caring for others is my passion and I truly believe nursing was my calling.

“If I can Help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in Vain”

Dr. William Powell

Dr. William Powell

Dr. William Powell is a capable and innovative educator who is continuously growing and learning to be the best he can be. He takes pride as being the Selma City SchoolSystem’s Coordinator of College and Career Readiness, helping scholars along the way in the selection of the right college and career pathway, and becoming productive citizens. 

William’s undergraduate years were completed at the University of West University and his graduate studies were completed at Alabama State University and Nova Southeastern University. With 21 years of experience, Dr. Powell has gained valuable experience that has helped him develop as a school administrator, professional school counselor, an effective educator, and an excellent student success coach. Dr. Powell is committed to positively impacting lives of scholars in Selma/Dallas CountyPlease contact his office at 334-419-3557 or [email protected]  for questions or concerns. 

 “Education is about preparing students for college and beyond” 

Lorraine Capers

Lorraine Capers
Lorraine Capers is the Truant Officer for the Selma City School System. Mrs. Capers has held this title for 14 years. Her role and responsibilities consist of maintaining a professional awareness regarding the welfare of students and their attendance by having a working knowledge of state law, board policy and administrative regulations. Mrs. Capers works closely with Teachers, School Nurses, Guidance Counselors and Principals regarding students who are absent, tardy frequently and who have not responded to the corrective efforts made by the Principal. She attends family court cases when presented and conduct exit interviews as well as provide follow-up services for any students who drop out of school.  

Kenyetta Evans

Kenyetta Evans

Kenyetta Evans earned a Bachelors of Science degree  in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of West Alabama in 2003. From there she then enrolled again at The University of West Alabama  to which she completed her Masters of Continuing Education in Counseling and Psychology in 2009.  She held several positions in the mental health profession. She  started out as an intellectual disability case manager for adults and children with West Alabama Mental Health Center in 2006. In 2009 she was then promoted to a Substance Abuse Therapist at the Life Tech Facility, West Alabama Mental Health Campus. From there in 2015 she accepted the position of the Mental Illness Therapist for Adults and Children at South West Alabama Mental Health Center. In this position she completed mental health and substance abuse assessments, sat on a multi-disciplinary board that consisted of DHR, Clarke County AL educators, and others. She also made necessary referrals to community resources. In 2017 Ms. Evans took on the roll of  Residential/Day Rehab Coordinator where she operated a group home  and day program for South West Alabama Mental Health Center. In 2018 she returned back to West Alabama Mental Health Center to take on the position of Lead Therapist at the Life Tech Campus. From there she was selected as the Executive Director for Bridges of Alabama at Life Tech in December of 2018. In 2019 she stepped into the role of Clinical Director at Bridges of Alabama at Life Tech. 
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