Dr. Leslie Bernadette Ford is the daughter of the late Mr. Clarence Ford, Jr. and Mrs. Leola Ford of Uniontown, Alabama. Dr. Ford attended the following schools for the specified time period: Uniontown Elementary School (1978-1983), Uniontown Middle School (1983-1986), Robert C. Hatch High School (1986-1991). She graduated from Robert C. Hatch High School in 1991 with honors.
In the fall of 1991, Dr. Ford entered Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Her majors were English and History Education. From the fall of 1995 until graduation, she was a recipient of a Teacher Education Scholarship and worked in the writing lab under Dr. Linda Bradford. During the fall of 1995, Dr. Ford completed her student teaching at Robert C. Hatch High School. She graduated with Cum Laude honors from Alabama State University with a Bachelors of Science in English and History Education in December of 1995.
In February of 1996, Dr. Ford was employed by the Perry County Board of Education as an English and Drama teacher for students in grades 9-12 at Robert C. Hatch High School. In the fall of 1996, she began working on her Masters in English Education. She received her Master’s degree in English Education in the spring of 1999. In 2001, she completed her Masters in Education Administration. During the 2001-2002 school year, Dr. Ford was voted as Robert C. Hatch High School and Perry County School System’s Teacher of the Year.
She remained as a teacher until the Spring of 2002. In June of 2002, Dr. Ford was promoted to the position of principal of Robert C. Hatch High School. She serves in this capacity to this date. Under her administration, the faculty, staff, and students have been recognized for several state and national accomplishments. Among those accomplishments include BusinessWeek and Newsweek magazines’ national awards and numerous athletic awards. During this school year, BusinessWeek magazine recognized Robert C. Hatch High School as “Best Low Income High School” in the state of Alabama.
Dr. Ford is an active member of the following organizations: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Education Association (NEA), Alabama Education Association (AEA), Perry County Education Association (PCEA), Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS), National Association of Elementary School Administrators (NAESA), Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators (AAESA), and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
In 2018, Dr. Ford graduated from Capella University with a doctoral degree with high distinction in Education Leadership and Management. Dr. Ford has two children: Deizman and Albert, III, and seven siblings: Randy Smart, Sheila Vasser, Tahuita Ford, Tahesia Ford, Felicia Collins, Tracy Ford, and Antoine Ford.