Tip of the Hat: Making a difference in our schools
Congratulations are in order for a Talladega County schools professional who has been recognized by a statewide administrators’ organization. Vicky Ozment is the recipient of the Outstanding Curriculum Administrator Award from the Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, an affiliate of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).

A Childersburg High graduate, Ozment has more than 20 years experience in education, including administrative roles at her alma mater and at Winterboro before moving over to her current position as coordinator of personnel and instruction.

Ozment helped lay the groundwork for introducing for the shift to Project-Based Learning at Winterboro, a dramatic change in how learning takes place, and a major factor in helping improve performance, behavior and the graduation rate at the school.

She told a reporter for this newspaper she didn’t feel that she deserved any recognition — that she was just fortunate to work with a staff and faculty that works collaboratively on best practices on a daily basis to help their students succeed.

Organizations like CLAS and its affiliates help make that possible by providing a statewide network of education leaders, professional development, and communication about issues affecting the field. In fact six administrators from the Talladega County Schools system have served as president of CLAS since 1986, including the current superintendent.

Ozment has made a difference for Talladega County Schools. We appreciate her commitment to excellence, along with her colleagues, and we congratulate her on this special recognition.

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