Ann Marie Corgill, Alabama’s teacher-of-the-year for 2014-15, resigned on October 29. She had had it. If states treat their best teachers the way she was treated, shame on them.

Mercedes Schneider sums up the sorry story here.

“She is state certified to teach primary through third grade. Corgill is also National Board Certified to teach through seventh grade.

Corgill began the 2015-16 school year teaching second grade but was moved to fifth grade.

The state says that she now needs to renew her state certification to include teaching fifth grade.

But here’s the kicker:

When she was chosen as state teacher of the year, Corgill was teaching fourth grade– outside of her state certification.

On October 29, 2015, Corgill decided she had had enough and tended her resignation. Here is an excerpt:

“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. …

“Please know that I wanted to give my all and share my expertise with Birmingham City Schools. …”

“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.”