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Elementary school teacher from Mountain Brook named Alabama’s Teacher of the Year

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MONTGOMERY, AL - A fourth-grade teacher from Cherokee Bend Elementary School in Mountain Brook is Alabama’s Teacher of the Year. 

State Superintendent Thomas Bice made the announcement during a ceremony last night in Montgomery.

“Ann Marie Corgill is a shining example of professionalism and dedication to Alabama’s most valued asset – its children. She is a role model for current and future teachers to emulate, and we are honored to have her represent our state as the 2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year,” Dr. Bice said.

It’s a big honor for Corgill, who says she originally wanted to design and build homes.

"Day after day, year after year, I realize that my job is not simply about teaching, but reaching students by learning about them, honoring their passions, helping them overcome obstacles, and building foundations so they can achieve their goals, both as learners and people,” Corgill said.

Today, she received a new SUV from ALFA Insurance to drive for the next year, while she serves as the official spokesperson and representative for Alabama school teachers. 

"Just completely honored to represent the state, the children of the state and my colleagues to be a voice for them," Corgill said. 

Becoming Alabama's teacher of the year was a labor of love. 

 "I don't feel like it's work, I feel like it's my passion what I do so applying for it was a bit tedious but I was honored to be nominated by my colleagues," Corgill explained. 

State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice said they took several months to look at the best of the best from across Alabama, which brought them four finalists, and finally Corgill as the winner. 

Corgill says she spent the last Christmas holiday applying for the award.

"The reason I agreed to it was because I care so much about kids and about their future," she said. 

"Getting kids to the point that they begin to think and ask questions and become critical thinkers, contributors to society, that's what education is really about and ann marie exemplifies that," Bice said. 

Corgill is a National Board Certified teacher and has been teaching fourth-grade students at Cherokee Been since 2012.  She also spent three years teaching English at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School and worked in the New York Public School System. 

Along with a new car, Corgill's entire classroom will be equipped with new, cutting-edge technology.

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