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    Alabama Teacher of the Year who left Mountain Brook for Birmingham is resigning

    By Adam Ganucheau | aganucheau@al.com

    on October 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM, updated October 30, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Ann Marie Corgill, 2015 National Teacher of the Year finalist and 2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year, has submitted a letter of resignation to Birmingham City Schools.

    Corgill, a fifth-grade teacher at Oliver Elementary School, moved to the Birmingham school district after teaching at Cherokee Bend Elementary School for three years – a move widely considered a step in the right direction for the Birmingham City Schools.

    But in the letter obtained by AL.com, she cited confusion about her certification after Birmingham and Alabama Department of Education officials recently informed her she was not qualified to teach fifth grade.

    "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," she wrote

    Corgill started this school year at Oliver Elementary teaching second grade. But shortly after the semester began, she wrote, she was moved to a fifth-grade classroom.

    According to teacher certification records provided by the Alabama Department of Education, Corgill has Class A and B certifications to teach primary school through third grade students.

    But Corgill also holds National Board Certification to teach children ages 7-12, an age group that would include most fifth graders. That certification is valid until November 2020, according to the National Board Certification directory.

    But the teacher wrote that Kennita Allen, an education administrator with the Alabama Department of Education, called her this week and informed her the national certification does not override or replace the state certification requirements.

    "The Alabama State Department of Education did not determine Ms. Corgill was not qualified," the department said in a release on Thursday. "However, when an inquiry was made, the department reported that her current teaching certificate covers primary grades through Grade 3. This does not carry with it a requirement for resignation."

    At her previous job at Cherokee Bend Elementary, where Corgill was awarded 2014 Alabama Teacher of the Year, she taught fourth grade, which is outside the state's certification.

    Corgill was named Alabama Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015 school year. She has taught for more than 20 years in the cities of Hoover, Trussville, New York City and Mountain Brook. She also wrote a book, "Of Primary Importance: What's Essential In Teaching Young Writers," and is working on a second book about quality instruction.

    Oliver Elementary is part of the Woodlawn Innovation Network, a collaborative initiative to introduce problem and problem-based learning in the four schools - Putnam, Avondale, Hayes and Oliver - that feed into Woodlawn High School. The network allows unique education standards, including the recruitment of teachers and leaders without traditional teaching certificates.

    In addition to the confusion over her certification, Corgill wrote that she did not receive a paycheck from the district until Oct. 23 – two months after school started – and still has not received an explanation from district officials.

    "Please know that I wanted to give my all and share my expertise with Birmingham City Schools," she wrote. "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 was not immediately available to comment Thursday morning.

    This story is developing and will be updated. Updated at 2:55 p.m. to add statement from Alabama Department of Education.


    Alabama Teacher of the Year who left Mountain Brook for Birmingham is resigning | AL.com

    Now THAT'S how you retain top talent! I bet Alabama's at the height of the rankings for education due to its stringent certification enforcement.

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    Oh yeah our education system is top notch.

    I will say though moving from the ritzy Mountain Brook to the City of Birmingham system sounds like a step down. Maybe they are trying to get her to retire for some reason. Maybe she gets paid more because she was a teacher of the year.
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    Since the problem centers around fifth grade teaching credentials, I would have Jeff Foxworthy sort it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    I will say though moving from the ritzy Mountain Brook to the City of Birmingham system sounds like a step down.
    Seriously. I wonder what kind of pay cut she took leaving Money Brook in the first place.
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