Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Alabama Teacher of the Year Told She's Unqualified, Resigns

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Alabama Teacher of the Year Told She's Unqualified, Resigns

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A one-time Alabama Teacher of the Year said she has resigned after state officials told her she's unqualified to teach in her fifth-grade classroom because of certification issues. Veteran teacher Ann Marie Corgill said Alabama Department of Education officials recently informed her that she was not qualified despite her well-documented accomplishments. She said she grew tired of trying to prove herself, prompting her to submit a letter of resignation, dated Tuesday. In the letter, Corgill - the state's 2014-15 Teacher of the Year - cites her confusion.

"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, Corgill wrote.

Corgill has Class A and B certifications to teach primary school through third grade, according to certification records provided by The Alabama Department of Education. …

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