Ann Marie Corgill Says Goodbye to Her Students

School officials didn’t want her to tell her kids good-bye in person NOT because they wanted to keep their school day *normal*…but because it would have more of a lasting impact to hug her and tell her good-bye among shared tears. Then they might REALLY start to question their leadership. Creeps.


ann marie corgill 2  Ann Marie Corgill

On October 29, 2015, 2014-15 Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill resigned from teaching after being informed by the Alabama State Department of Education that she would need to complete further certification requirements to teach grades that she had been teaching for decades– including the grade level she was teaching when she was chosen as Alabama’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year.

On that occasion, Alabama state superintendent Thomas Bice considered Corgill to be qualified:

“Ann Marie Corgill is a shining example of professionalism and dedication to Alabama’s most valued asset – its children,” Bice said in a release. “She is a role model for current and future teachers to emulate, and we are honored to have her represent our state as the 2014-15 Alabama Teacher of the Year.”

In an excerpt from her October 29, 2015, resignation letter to Birmingham City Schools, Corgill notes…

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