Justice for Alabama Teacher of the Year Who Resigned Amid Claims of Being Unqualified to Teach

classroom-by-Christopher-Sessums

Target: Governor Robert J. Bentley, president of ​​​​​​​​​​the Alabama Stat​e Board of Education

Goal: Apologize to the teacher of the year who felt she needed to resign because the state board claimed she wasn’t qualified to teach and set up a plan to pay her back for all of her hard work and frustration.

Alabama’s veteran Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill said she resigned after state officials told her she’s not qualified to teach in her fifth-grade classroom because of a lack of certification, despite her well-documented accomplishments and long teaching career. Corgill is a 2015 National Teacher of the Year finalist.

Corgill has state certifications to teach primary school through third grade. Corgill started this school year teaching second grade, but was shortly moved to a fifth-grade classroom. Upon this move, the state education department made the report on her lack of certification to teach fifth grade.

However, Corgill has National Board Certification that is valid until 2020 to teach children ages 7 to 12, ages that would include the majority of fifth graders. Corgill says despite her work, she has repeatedly been forced to prove herself as a teacher, and this last incident was the last straw.

Alabama’s schools are losing a great, qualified and accomplished teacher over mismatching state and national certifications. Urge officials to apologize to Corgill and set up a plan to pay her back for all of her hard work and frustration.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Bentley,

It seems there’s been a bit of an embarrassing education blunder involving one of the supposed best teachers in Alabama who is up for National Teacher of the Year. Ann Marie Corgill said she resigned after state officials told her she’s not qualified to teach in her fifth-grade classroom because of a lack of certification, even though Corgill has National Board Certification that is valid until 2020 to teach children ages 7 to 12.

At a time when teachers are in such high demand, especially with a clear lack of good teachers, I would think Alabama would be doing whatever it takes to ensure that its teachers are happy and fulfilled in their work without having to constantly prove themselves against unfounded attacks. I urge you to apologize to Corgill and set up a plan to pay her back for all of her hard work and frustration.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Christopher Sessums

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