IamA Teacher of the Year-fired after saying I was gay. AMA!
My short bio: Hello, my name is Brett Bigham and I am the 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and the 2015 Oregon Education Association's Teacher of Excellence. I am the first special education teacher to win either of those awards. I am also one of only a couple of gay educators to be named teacher of the year. :)
Soon after I was ordered not to say I was gay in public. When I refused I was given orders that I was not allowed to write or speak publicly unless my district approved in advance. I was told I was not allowed to speak to the local gay student alliance because "those students have no value to the district."
I filed complaints and they fired me in violation of the law. The state investigated and the superintendent was fired, head of HR forced out, three new school board members were elected and my supervisors and their supervisor were all demoted. The wikipedia entry under my name has most of the story.