2014-15 Alabama Teacher of the Year Abruptly Resigns
On October 29, 2015, as AL.com reports, the 2014-15 Alabama Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill, quit her job.
She is state certified to teach primary through third grade. Corgill is also National Board Certified to teach through seventh grade.
Corgill began the 2015-16 school year teaching second grade but was moved to fifth grade.
The state says that she now needs to renew her state certification to include teaching fifth grade.
But here’s the kicker:
When she was chosen as state teacher of the year, Corgill was teaching fourth grade– outside of her state certification.
On October 29, 2015, Corgill decided she had had enough and tended her resignation. Here is an excerpt:
After 21 years of teaching in grades 1-6, I have no answers as to why this is a problem now, so instead of paying more fees, taking more tests and proving once again that I am qualified to teach, I am resigning. …
Please know that I wanted to give my all and share my expertise with Birmingham City Schools. …
In order to attract and retain the best teachers, we must feel trusted, valued and treated as professionals. It is my hope that my experience can inform new decisions, policies and procedures to make Birmingham City Schools a place everyone wants to work and learn.
Corgill has over 20 years of teaching experience, much of it in Alabama, in grades 1 through 6. In 2008, she published a book, Of Primary Importance: What Is Important in Teaching Young Writers.
In addition to being required to recertify, Corgill reports that for some unexplained reason, her first paycheck of the year was delayed for two months– until October 23, 2015.
Apparently, the district where Corgill taught thought it fine to not pay her in a timely manner for a job it assumed she would keep doing even as it (or the state) was planning to communicate to her that she was not qualified in the state’s estimation to do that job.
AL.com (linked above) notes that it will update the story as it receives more details.