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Longtime educator to speak at Saturday banquet

Banister Senior Services will hold its fifth annual banquet Saturday afternoon at The Prizery in South Boston.

Guest speaker for the banquet will be Halifax County native Dr. Annie Peters Wimbish who was named Mississippi’s 2010 Administrator of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Office Professionals.

Wimbish currently resides in Hattiesburg, Miss., and she has been a professional educator for more than 30 years. 

She has served as a teacher assistant, teacher, program supervisor, assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. 

Retiring from the K-12 arena June 30, she now serves as a senior associate with Schlechty Center for Leadership and School Reform. 

She also has served as instructor for University of North Carolina at Pembroke and currently serves as an online instructor for Grand Canyon University in Arizona. 

Her many years of service has taken her to four states – Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi.

Wimbish earned an undergraduate elementary education degree from Averett College: a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction and a specialist degree in education supervision and administration from the University of Virginia.  She also holds a doctorate of education degree in educational leadership from Fayetteville State University.

Wimbish also was named as one of Mississippi’s Top Business Women in 2007 and recognized as the third finalist for 2007 Business Women of the Year by Mississippi Business Journal.