Alabama Teacher of the Year Resigns– The Backstory, Part II

Ann Marie is my kind of teacher. I also was more laidback in that I didn’t like treating the kids like they were in the Army. They’re kids! So we get the real story behind the story in that Corgill was not a control freak who was regimented…and the powers that be could not have some renegade going around enabling self esteem in these kids.


On November 23, 2015, I began a series of posts about Ann Marie Corgill, the 2014-15 Alabama Teacher of the Year who resigned from Birmingham City Public Schools effective October 30, 2015. Corgill’s resignation was prompted by notification from the state department of education that the state did not consider her certified to teach fifth grade.

Of course, there is more to the story than a single event leading to a career teacher’s resignation. In this post, I offer more details from Corgill’s story based upon our four-hour interview on November 20, 2015.

ann-marie-corgill-4-e1448507006604  Ann Marie Corgill

Let us go back to the beginning of the 2015-16 school year and Corgill’s decision to leave the affluent Mountain Brook school system for an opportunity to teach at the decidedly non-affluent Birmingham City schools.

(Note: Most of this post is comprised of Corgill’s words, which are indented. My questions and comments are in…

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