State Board of Education recommends revocation of Guin’s teaching certification

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/10/17

The Alabama Department of Education has stated its intent to revoke former Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High Principal Tanya Guin’s educator certification.

In a letter sent to Guin and the Walker County Board of Education, State Educator Certification Officer Shavon Cummings said the state department of education’s proposed action could include revocation and non-renewal of Guin’s Alabama Professional Leadership Certification and Alabama Professional Educator Certification.

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State Board of Education recommends revocation of Guin’s teaching certification

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The Alabama Department of Education has stated its intent to revoke former Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High Principal Tanya Guin’s educator certification.

In a letter sent to Guin and the Walker County Board of Education, State Educator Certification Officer Shavon Cummings said the state department of education’s proposed action could include revocation and non-renewal of Guin’s Alabama Professional Leadership Certification and Alabama Professional Educator Certification.

The potential actions, the letter states, would be in response to accusations presented during Guin’s recent hearing before the Walker County Board of Education, where her position as principal was terminated. The board of education did, however, say Guin could still teach in the county school system, if she chooses.

“Under Alabama Code 16-23-5(a) (1975), ‘The State Superintendent of Education may revoke any certificate issues under this chapter when the holder has been guilty of immoral conduct or unbecoming or indecent behavior,’” the letter from Cummings states. “Alabama Administrative Code ... further allows the State Superintendent to refuse to issue, to suspend, to recall a certificate, or to impose other sanctions against a certificate holder for just cause. I have attached a copy of the statute and rule for your information.”

Reasons for the proposed revocation stem from actions mentioned during the hearing before the Walker County Board of Education, including failure to monitor school expenditures and failure to properly distribute school receipt books. The letter also noted cash was found at the school with no receipts, and over $13,000 had been accrued on a credit card that wasn’t recorded on the school books.

Over 30 reasons were stated in the letter as to why revocation of Guin’s teaching license has been recommended.

Guin has the right to respond to the letter by requesting an administrative hearing, submitting a written response for consideration or she may voluntarily surrender her certification. A written response will also waive her right to a hearing. She has 15 days to respond to the notice.

At press time, Ken Guin, Tanya Guin’s husband who helped to represent her during the board’s hearing, said his wife has yet to receive the letter through the mail.