"Frustration" led to Alabama Teacher of the Year Resignation

Oct 31, 2015

Alabama's reigning "teacher of the year" fired off a resignation letter out of exasperation with the "wall of bureaucracy." State and local education officials listed Ann Marie Corgill as "unqualified" to teach the fifth grade. She started off teaching second grade this semester, before being moved to fifth grade class. Corgill was Alabama's 2015 teacher of the year and a finalist for national teacher of the year for the 2014-2015 school year. She was told she lacked credentials for her new job teaching fifth-graders at a low-income, federally funded school in Birmingham. Corgill is a nationally certified teacher. But Alabama Superintendent Tommy Bice says her state certification doesn't include fifth grade.