After 12 years serving on the Valdosta School Board and serving in the Valdosta City School System for 42 years, Annie Fisher has decided to retire. Fisher’s retirement will become official Dec. 31.
After receiving her bachelor’s from Morris Brown University, her master’s from Atlanta University and teaching in Atlanta for a few years, Fisher followed her husband to Valdosta where he taught at Pine Grove and she taught at the old South Street School, which is now the Pinevale Learning Center.
After moving to Valdosta, Fisher received her second master’s degree from Valdosta State, where she also started her Ph.D. Fisher taught at South Street School for 10 years; then West Gordon Street School, which is now S.L. Mason, for 10 years; then Sallas Mahone for 10 years. She retired in June 1989.
Following her retirement, Fisher was in good health so she decided to work for the Valdosta School Board.
“My purpose really for running was that I am avid for education and I wanted to improve our school system to one that would be second to none. And we are working on it,” Fisher said.
During her time on the board, Fisher never missed a Georgia State Boards Association conference. “I have perfect attendance for all of my 12 years. That is something I pride myself in,” she said. “I have learned a lot, been able to share information and met new friends.
“I feel that board members’ first priority should be to please the community, the parents and the students. We need to keep them first in mind and not make decisions for them. These people have elected us into these positions, and without parents and students, there would be no need for a school board.”
During her retirement, Fisher plans to catch up on her reading and have more time to travel. She also attends classes at VSU, taking a yoga class, and bowls every Wednesday night.
“I feel like being a board member is important because, having taught for 30 years, I know the needs of the students and what the parents want their students to learn. I think we should work towards those goals, especially in strategic planning. I think we should set a curriculum that is workable for all students. I am concerned about the drop-out rate and the failure percentage of our students. I feel like we should hire talented teachers who like to work with students and like working in our system. We should have teachers that say ‘I love these students so much that I won’t let them fail,” said Fisher.
Despite her retirement, Fisher hopes to be able to stay involved with the school system.
“I will always stay in touch with the Valdosta Board of Education and I would be happy to be of service to them. I have enjoyed my life and my time here.”