Vicky Ozment, coordinator of personnel and instruction, earned the 2013 Alabama Curriculum Coordinator of the Year award. She said she was completely unaware she had been nominated for the award and credited her success to her colleagues throughout the school system.
“It’s such an honor to be recognized,” Ozment said. “I’m very appreciative of it, but I don’t feel like I deserve it. Everything that happens in our school system is such a collaborative effort.
“We have such a wonderful staff at the central office that works together and unbelievable teachers — some of the best in the state who are always willing to focus on their own practices so they can be the best teachers for their students,” Ozment added. “We have the best administration in the state. Our principals and assistant principals are so forward-thinking and open to progress. The central office staff, the principals and the teachers are the reason we have such a fantastic curriculum in our school system.”
Ozment began working at the central office in August 2008.
“I work with our teachers, principals and our central office staff to make sure the practices happening in our classrooms on a daily basis are the best possible practices to ensure our students are ready for college and ready for careers,” Ozment said. “I also plan professional development for those teachers, whether it’s meeting with teachers to develop a curriculum for the new math standards or working with a representative group from all areas of our school system to develop plans for implementing the new English language arts course of study.”
Before she stepped into her current role, she served in a variety of positions in the school system, including two-and-a-half years as principal of Winterboro High School and stints as assistant principal at Childersburg High School and WHS. Ozment has more than 20 years experience in education.
Ozment also played a role in the shift to the project-based learning initiatives spearheaded by Superintendent Suzanne Lacey.
“I was fortunate to have been a part of this from the very beginning,” Ozment said. “I was the principal at (WHS) when we began investigating a new redesign model for Winterboro. We adopted the project-based learning model nearly a month after I left Winterboro to (take this position).
“Craig Bates became the principal and actually got to have all the fun (by implementing) project-based learning and watching all the wonderful cultural changes and instructional changes that took place,” she added. “Fortunately, I was able to be a part of making that change.”
Despite being an integral part of the school system, Ozment continued to defer the credit and delivered a glowing review of Lacey.
“The whole success of the school system goes straight back to our superintendent,” Ozment said. “She is the most visionary superintendent in this state and probably in the country, truthfully. She has the most confidence in her staff and people. The confidence she has in everyone from our local school staffs to the central office staff, the vision she has and the leadership she demonstrates gives us such confidence that we are the best school system in the state. Everyone wants to work hard to make sure we fulfill that vision.”
Lacey, who nominated Ozment for the honor, commended her efforts in the central office during the board’s meeting Tuesday.
“Without reservation, all the greatness that is happening in our schools, she is right there at the head, leading the charge,” Lacey said. “We are so proud of (her). She represents our state well.”
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