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Teaching Awards 2013 winner - Scotland

Isabel Lind
Aileymill Primary School

The Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement

For the past 30 years as a Headteacher, Isabella�s career has exemplified a commitment to excellence in education and an unswerving devotion to the children of southwest Greenock. Through her inspirational leadership and purposeful vision she has ensured that her pupils have a huge variety and depth of educational experience. She has a deeply felt love of the Scots language and the expressive arts and sees their impact as core to raising the self-esteem of her pupils. As a role model Isabel Lind has inspired three generations of teachers and her impact upon her community has been as profound as it has been positive.

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    We extend our sincerest congratulations on receiving your "Life Time Achievement Award" which was so deservedly presented to you for all your hard work and dedication to our young people in Inverclyde. We are proud and honoured to be associated with all that you are involved in with the Robert Burns Primary Schools Competition and Inverclyde Festival and we look forward to your continued support. Sincerest Best Wishes Margaret Dickson Honorary Secretary Greenock Burns Club The Mother Club

    Posted: November 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM | Author:Greenock Burns Club

  • Congratulations Isabel

    Just viewed your Lifetime Achievement Award on TV. Many, many congratulations for this well deserved recognition of your work for your children. I have fond memories of our collaboration and great visits to your joyful school. Hugh

    Posted: October 27, 2013 at 18:39 PM | Author:Hugh Kerr

  • Congratulations - well deserved!

    We're so proud to have been taught by you - you are an inspiration and we can't wait to read your book! Well done - we are all so chuffed for you.

    Posted: October 22, 2013 at 20:20 PM | Author:The Fultons

  • Fantatsic news and well deserved

    Isabel I've had the pleasure of meeting you a number of times this year - through our schools work at the Social Enterprise Academy and as one of the judges for this years Scottish Education Awards. Each time I've left feeling inspired and uplifted by spending some time with someone so dedicated, hard working and compassionate. You truly are an inspiration to others and you bring fun and colour to everything you touch! Good luck in the future. Sandra x

    Posted: October 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM | Author:Sandra Ewen

  • Wonderful news

    Congratulations Isabel Well deserved award for such dedication, hard work and commitment. Enjoy!

    Posted: October 21, 2013 at 09:02 AM | Author:Irene Pollock

  • The Greatest Headteacher ever

    Hi Mrs Lind, you are the best Headteacher ever. Well done at the the Pearson teaching awards you totally deserved it a lot and everyone here feels greatfull for you thank you for this it means a lot to everyone here at Ailey Mill THANK YOU

    Posted: October 20, 2013 at 21:06 PM | Author:Rebecca McGarva

  • Scotland wins again!

    Congratulations Isabel. I was fortunate enough to win last year and am delighted you have won this year. Enjoy everything this brings. Lorraine Stobie

    Posted: October 20, 2013 at 19:20 PM | Author:Lorraine Stobie

  • An inspirational leader.

    Well done Isabel you deserve this. Your passion and committment is evident every day at Aileymill, a true professional. Best of luck for the final.

    Posted: September 19, 2013 at 16:26 PM | Author:Vicki Clarke

  • Amazing figure

    Isabel Lind is a huge asset for the Scots language and the teaching of Burns. An amazing teacher trying to bring the best out of each individual student and also a great believer in music and the arts.

    Posted: September 16, 2013 at 22:21 PM | Author:Jamie Campbell

  • Well done

    Hi mrs Lind, just a little message to say a massive thank you for everything you did for me while I was at the school. Ok I wasn't the best behaved but I'm sure you knocked that out of me and showed me how to go about things in the right way. I also have set up a page on face book for every one to come along and praise the work you have did for everyone of us. We have been sharing photos and meeting old friends. If any one would like to join the page and share your story with every and meet all your old friends for a catch up and a good old chin wag you can do so by liking the praise Isabel Lind page on face book. We have almost 500 members talking chatting and sharing pictures story's all about this fantastic person. If you would like to join the page you can do so here. https://www.facebook.com/Mrs.I.lind

    Posted: September 16, 2013 at 21:42 PM | Author:Michael smith

  • An Inspirational Leader

    Mrs Lind is the personification of an inspirational leader - a creative visionary with an incredible work ethic, who never fails to walk the walk. The year I worked with Isabel was the best of my professional career, during which I felt her unending support and encouragement throughout. She has left an indelible imprint on me.

    Posted: September 14, 2013 at 13:20 PM | Author:Bernadette Mackenzie

  • A Fantastic Head Teacher

    Isabel Lind would be very deserving of this lifetime award. She has done so much work as a teacher and head teacher in Inverclyde for so many years. On top for this is all her hard work with the annual Inverclyde Music Festival. Isabel has also done so much for the Scots language. And all of this with great dedication and humour. Best wishes to Isabel and all her staff.

    Posted: September 9, 2013 at 00:23 AM | Author:Cllr Jim MacLeod

  • An Extraordinary Individual

    Isabel has devoted her life to the education and well-being of the children in her care. Her selfless commitment, perseverance and consummate skilll as an educator have enriched the lives of countless children in the community served by Aileymill School. She believes passionately that every child has something unique and outstanding to offer and dedicates her time to releasing and nurturing those talents.

    Posted: September 4, 2013 at 13:35 PM | Author:Rikki Payne

  • Rebecca;s Confidence with Dyslexia

    Since joining Aileymill primary 12 months ago,Rebecca has changed dramatically. Instead of not wanting to go to school, she can't wait.She is full of confidence and her education is progressing rapidly.She is always involved in group activities within her classroom,something which didn't happen at her previous school. Well done Mrs Lind and all her staff.

    Posted: August 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM | Author:Sandra Lindsay

  • A unique headteacher, colleague and friend

    Isabel strives for excellence in everything she does! She is an ideal candidate for this next prestigious award. She has always dedicated her life to the care, happiness and learning of all pupils. She influences and inspires everyone she comes into contact with through her love of life, sense of fun and enthusiasm for learning and the expressive arts. I cannot thank you enough for the very strong and wonderful friendship and partnership you and your school has had with Glenburn for almost 30 years!

    Posted: August 29, 2013 at 16:53 PM | Author:Eileen McGeer

  • Congratulations and Good Luck

    Isabel has had a huge impact on the promotion of Scots Language and throughout her career she has been committed to the Expressive Arts and their vital place within the Curriculum. She is also justifiably proud of her work within the school community in the South West of Greenock. Well done and congratulations on the Lifetime Achievement award and good luck in the National competition.

    Posted: August 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM | Author:Heather Johnston

  • Congratulations

    Well done Isobel xx

    Posted: August 21, 2013 at 20:07 PM | Author:karen gillespie

  • Congratulations

    Congratulations on your award for Lifetime Achievement

    Posted: August 21, 2013 at 08:21 AM | Author:Edith Campbell

  • Good Luck in The National!

    Heartfelt Congratulations on your achievement. You are a real inspiration in terms of your connectedness to your passion, your pupils and your staff. Watching you bid good afternoon to everyone as they left the school on a wet Scottish Friday, with a name and a word for each child, whilst wearing fabulous shoes, will stay with me always.

    Posted: August 19, 2013 at 14:55 PM | Author:Fiona MacNeill

  • Outstanding Headteacher

    I have been in Education for over 40 years and I have never met anyone as committed to young people and her community as Isabel. I cannot think of any superlative that would do her career justice. There will be a gaping hole in the educational leadership of Inverclyde when Isabel finally decides to retire, which I hope will not be for a long time yet. I cannot think of anyone more suitable to be nominated for this award.

    Posted: August 19, 2013 at 14:26 PM | Author:Albert Henderson

  • Passion for Education

    Many Congratulations Isabel - a well deserved award to someone who has given so much to so many in Inverclyde. Tributes here from fellow teachers and headteachers,parents and carers and local people of all ages and walks of life show just how well loved and admired you are for your passion for education.A special lady ineeed - or as you would probably prefer - 'A Wonderful Wummin' !

    Posted: August 19, 2013 at 14:20 PM | Author:Jan Cannon

  • A Very Significant Person

    An idealist who remained true to her ideals. A visionary who never abandoned her vision. Someone who touched the lives of so many. Above all, a powerful force for good.

    Posted: August 19, 2013 at 13:27 PM | Author:Martin Brennan

  • All in a days work.

    I'm sure the only person who is wondering what all the fuss is about is Isabel. Im sure Isabel would say - i have simply been doing my job! but everyone that knows Isabel or the school knows that you ALWAYS go the extra mile. Congratulations, you truly deserve every accolade.

    Posted: August 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM | Author:Robert Lamb

  • Congratulations

    Many congratulations on winning this award, and on the many warm and affectionate testimonials on this page. Very best wishes for the future x

    Posted: August 19, 2013 at 08:50 AM | Author:Carol Vanzetta - Fiona MacNeill Associates

  • Inspirational Leadership

    Isabel, a well deserved recognition. Your energy, passion and commitment to giving every young learner the best experience possible has delivered great results. I am in awe of the creativity you bring to both teaching side of your role and to leading and motivating your team. Thank you for allowing our team to be a small part of the experience you deliver to your learners.

    Posted: August 19, 2013 at 08:41 AM | Author:David Gillespie

  • Congratulations!

    Congratulations for such a fantastic achievement.

    Posted: August 19, 2013 at 08:05 AM | Author:Jillian (FMA)

  • Pride of Inverclyde

    You are someone that I have admired for many years in the way that you have brought a community together, from the youngest to the oldest. Your work in uniting all schools, denominational and non denominational is legendary and I thank you for that. It has been a pleasure and an honour working with you over the last 25 years and I'll never forget the sight of you sitting on your suitcase in Grand Central Station New York supporting the Inverclyde Juvenile Pipe Band and then having to rush and catch your plane by the skin of your teeth. You will be a hard act to follow. Thank you for everything and good luck

    Posted: August 18, 2013 at 23:01 PM | Author:Ciano Rebecchi

  • Greatly Deserved

    I can't think of anyone that would deserve such a fantastic award than you Mrs Lind. I remember the first time I met you and you learned I was studying to be a teacher you gave me such words of encouragement that have always stayed with me and inspired me. I'm sure I can speak for many who live in Larkfield, Braeside, Branchton and in fact all of Inverclyde congratulations.

    Posted: August 18, 2013 at 15:20 PM | Author:Florence Thomson

  • Every Child Is Special

    Isabel, I am delighted for you on winning this well deserved award. We first met as young teachers in Kings Glen and then again in Aileymill. Your passion and real commitment to each individual child was evident in your actions - both seen and many actions which no one ever knew about - to ensure every child was made feel special and believed in. This has never faltered as your boundless energy and care continues today in every roll you undertake in education. Special lady, very special. Children and parents will never forget the genuine belief you had in them. Thanks to you the Scots language is alive and thriving in Aileymill.

    Posted: August 17, 2013 at 08:40 AM | Author:Wilma Robertson

  • Richly Deserved

    Isabel, the most dedicated and enthusiastic person I have ever met and one of the most entertaining. This truly is a well deserved honour for a lady who has worked tirelessly over the years to promote our Scottish culture and encourage many young people to achieve success beyond their imagination. Respected and loved by so many!

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 22:02 PM | Author:Grace Reid

  • best head mistress ever

    congrtulations you desereve to win you were best teacher i had and still the best head mistress to this day xx

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 21:12 PM | Author:cheryl letson

  • You Are A Star!

    Well done Isabel. We are all so proud of you at Aileymill Primary. You lead by example providing so much support and encouragement to all your staff - and of course lots of laughs along the way. Thank you.

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 19:16 PM | Author:Angela Ferrier

  • What a woman!!!

    Thanks for all that you do. Professionally and personally! Much appreciated. X

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 18:44 PM | Author:Lynne Wilson

  • A wonderful, caring teacher.

    You are a wonderful lady, your name was always mentioned with fondness in our house and my mum still talks of how kind and caring you were to the children and parents of Kings Glen. You have done so much for the pupils in your care and still continue to do great work. You are an inspiration!

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 17:35 PM | Author:Karen Herbison (Ferns)

  • Pride of the Clyde

    Well done Isabel, a magnificent award that gives all of Inverclyde something to be proud of. Chris

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 15:17 PM | Author:Cllr Christopher McEleny

  • Richly deserved

    Mrs Lind first met you 25 years age when my daughters were in the Burns elecution competion. I will never cease to be amazed your energy and enthusiasm which are legendary. As a ward councillor I thank you for everything that you have done for the people of Inverclyde

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 15:09 PM | Author:Gerry Dorrian

  • Fantastic!!

    Hi Mrs Lind Well done you truly deserve it. Thank you for the choir, school plays, music making and the verse speaking, it's only as an adult that I really appreciate your commitment, dedication and belief in all of us... One in a million for sure x Louise (Moffat) Will Kings Glen Primary 1973- 1980

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 14:52 PM | Author:Louise Will ( Moffat )

  • A true inspiration to all!

    Mrs Lind, you are a true inspiration to all. No one is more deserving of this award. Congratulations!

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 13:32 PM | Author:Geraldine Dyer

  • A real live Legend

    Hi Isabel ...Huge congratulations, your tireless work on behalf of young people combined with your committment to the richness of both the Scottish language and our culture, were always recognised by those whose life you touched. An award richly deserved... You are truly a legend, and not just in your lunchtime. Thanks for being you.

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 13:32 PM | Author:Terry Loughran

  • Congratulation Mrs Lind

    Congratulation Mrs Lind, this award was well deserved. You were such a great help and support with my dyslexia. Thank you. Gemma x

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM | Author:Gemma Ball

  • A Lifetime of Dedication to give the best chance in life to others.

    Mrs Lind, (such is my respect for your I have never feel easy in addressing you by your given name!) I have been in awe of you since joining Education Services and have admired your dedication to getting the best you can from staff and pupils alike. I can regale everyone with stories of the challenges you have faced in developing children in your care (care being the operative word) and I have now ceased being surprised when watching a child who many may have given up on, walking out of school with their head held high and trumpeting success because of your efforts. I am humbled by your commitment and dedication as well as your tenacity, but most of all by your kindness and never giving up on any child. Well done, you really deserve this award.

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM | Author:Gerry Mitchell


    Isabel, your commitment to the education of young people is inspirational. You bring a smile and laughter to all who meet you. Thank you for giving my grandson the opportunity to nurture a love of performing the works of Robert Burns. Enjoy every minute of this special occasion.

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM | Author:Elaine Cameron

  • So proud

    Isabel, I am so fortunate to have known you since my own student days. I respect and admire you so much. Congratulations!

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM | Author:Elsa Hamilton

  • fantastic

    Congratulations Mrs Lind, loved being in your plays in kings glen school back in the 70,s...well deserved award, just missed you at the Kings Glen Reunion..

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM | Author:thomas gilmour

  • Well deserved !

    Mrs Lind, Your passion for VERY child that passed through your hands still makes me smile, your community spirit and enthusiasm for making the kids of today responsible young adults was inspiring, If I meet you at any time you still ask after Letasha, Campbell and Drew by name! all doing fantastic in life thanks to the help you gave them at the beginning, Kennedy sends her love she misses Ravenscraig/Aileymill very much although is loving London

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM | Author:Eileen Boyle

  • Best teacher ever

    Well done very well deserved award for a very special person xxxxx

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 09:44 AM | Author:Frances Paul gilmour

  • Inspirational!

    Isabel, at Aileymill we have boundless admiration for your passion, energy and committment to giving the very best education to our pupils. We are right behind you!

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 08:37 AM | Author:Catriona Miller

  • Wow

    Mrs Lind, you have the wow factor. You always have had and you have maintained a great commitment to the power of education over many years. Your character and fun has enthused and inspired those around you. Every class in Aileymill is the best class in the school! How can this be? Well done indeed.

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 07:42 AM | Author:Ian Fraser

  • Ravenscraig - the best days of my life!

    Mrs Lind I talk about you to this day and I'm 30 years old. You were the best teacher and most colourful person I have ever met. You are truly dedicated to the growth in children. Thank you for being my head teacher. 1987 - 1994. Ps I sing ' I'm a big brave mouse and I go marching round the house and I'm not afraid of anyone - except for mrs Lind' to my son. Love you & congratulations!!!! Fiona Ferns x

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 05:35 AM | Author:Fiona Ferns class of 87-94

  • Couldnt have been given to a better person

    Such an inspiration and a much loved head teacher, the kids love you and I am so glad my kids have been and still are at your school. Well done x

    Posted: August 16, 2013 at 02:11 AM | Author:laura cook

  • congratulations

    Well done Mrs Lind you deserve it all the best from all the Quinn family

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 22:25 PM | Author:Lynn Quinn

  • pupil

    well deserved taught me a lot the value of life and gave us great guidance through my school days as well as merging schools together and it is well deserved thank you for giving me a good start to life from margaret rush x

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 21:46 PM | Author:maragret

  • Mrs Lind = 1 in a million

    You absolutely deserve this ! All your hard work, you weren't just a head teacher you were a friend to everyone of your pupils and their families. Always wore the wackiest clothes, then again that's just you and your personality.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 21:40 PM | Author:Stephanie Quinn

  • Simply the Best

    So well deserved, I loved my time at Ravenscraig Primary with all the work for participation in the various festivals, your enthusiasm knew no bounds and gave us all the confidence to perform with pride.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 21:26 PM | Author:Natalie Currie

  • Respected lady

    i trusted mrs Lind with my two girls schooling 24 yrs ago now. today my daughter placed her son and my grandson in mrs Linds care, she has always put her kids first ,with her love of teaching , and seeing to it ,that what the kids needed ,happened, she has always had my Respect as i dont give it out freely you have to earn it, and MRS,LIND you have, as we say in the true brotherhood, of the bikers ,world, MLH&R, much love honour and respect, DAN

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 21:15 PM | Author:dan mcgrath


    Why am i not surprised that you have win this award and so many others. You are a wonderful women and an inspiration to others. Connie would be the first to applaud you. Well done, ya wee dancer.lol... Love & Best Wishes Jennifer & family (Australia) xx

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 21:14 PM | Author:Jennifer Leith

  • You drive, energy, wit and shear determination has inspired every Cherub you have taught. To always do their best in everything from music to class lessons and to have pride in their local & Scottish heritage....my own kids love of Robert Burns is down to you and all your dedicated teaching staff. We hold you in high regard in our family and believe you deserve every accolade you receive. Keep up the good work Mrs Lind OBE x

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 21:14 PM | Author:The Purdie Family

  • Not just a great teacher but fantastic support to parents

    I wish more head teachers and individuals working with kids had as much enthusiasm and energy as you not only do you strive to bring out the best in the kids and look out for their welfare but also offer a sympathetic and non judgmental war to some of us poor parents. Thank you for your support and I'm sure the kids will be very proud :)

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 21:01 PM | Author:M grant

  • Overdue

    Well deserved and long overdue. The life skills and "never say die" attitude that you drilled into us from day 1 will live with me forever. Very well done Mrs Lind!

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 20:53 PM | Author:Dean Marner

  • one in a million

    mrs Lind you truly are one in a million you have done such amazing things for the kids of the school and the kids love everything you do for them, such an amazing role model for the kids aswell, you know each and every pupil so well I know my girls love you to pieces and would be lost without you running the school such and amazing woman xx

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 20:25 PM | Author:laura clamp

  • The best of the best

    A truly deserving winner. Mrs Lind was both me and my sisters headteacher and as well as making sure we were supported and guided through the academical side of learning it was her passion for practical hands on learning and her dedication to educating her pupils in traditional Scottish culture that made us respect her so much and even now many years after leaving primary Mrs Lind will still chat away to me. Pillar of the community.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 20:14 PM | Author:lyn gordon

  • Truly Committed

    Isabel - you are indeed an inspiration to us all. Your commitment, enthusiasm, energy and creative mind has impacted positively on children, families, staff and colleagues over many years. Well done on being shortleeted for the Pearson Award - it is braw news! I hope you get the recognition you so well deserve.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 20:09 PM | Author:Wilma Bain

  • creme dela creme !

    You are an inspiration ! All i remember through school is your words on how we would be the Creme dela ceme you always made us feel special and you were an amazing teacher and friend and this award was meant for you!. Your not just a Good teacher and role model Mrs Lind you will always be the Creme dela Creme !x

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 20:06 PM | Author:Leanne Govan

  • Gaun yersel', hen!

    I salute your indefatigability! There's no-one more deserving, Isabel. Best wishes from All Saints.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 18:50 PM | Author:Gerry

  • Inspirational

    A truly well deserved award! Your commitment to the young people and families in your care is wonderful. Thank you for all your support to me personally and professionally.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 16:10 PM | Author:Jill Jones

  • Mission Impossible Achieved

    You are Curriculum for Excellence personified!

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 15:56 PM | Author:Brian Keachie

  • Much deserved

    Isabel you have provided great support and knowledge throughout the years I have known you and I thank you for that. The memories we have shared are fantastic but most of all I thank you for the laughs we shared. You are indeed a wonderful,gifted individual. Well done "hen"

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 15:14 PM | Author:Margaret Ann McMahon

  • Wonder woman has nothing on you!

    Isabel. You are an inspiration to us all-a wonderful colleague and friend. I have learned so much from you.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 14:53 PM | Author:Kathleen Maguire

  • Well done!

    Isabel, your energy, enthusiasm and never ending commitment to education shows no bounds. Well done!

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 14:20 PM | Author:Alison Irvine

  • Well done and All the Best.

    You are one of a kind. God broke the mould after you. So much drive, enthusiasm and determination to one cause. Getting the best for and out of the pupils and staff in your charge. Well done you deserve the best now to.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM | Author:lesley crumlish

  • A star!

    Isabel is the best teacher and best friend ever!

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Author:EP TERIIS

  • Well done!!

    A well deserved nomination. Your smile and stories keep us all going! Wish I had half your energy!!

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM | Author:Maureen Morris

  • Thanks

    Your help and support (and ear to moan in) have been a great support. Proud to be one of the 'caffliks' you work with! Well done on the award - deserved recognition.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 09:58 AM | Author:Alan Connick

  • An Inspiration!!!

    You are an inspiration to all of your colleagues and have made such a positive impact on so many children over the years. Keep up the good work and good luck for the award.

    Posted: August 15, 2013 at 09:57 AM | Author:Liz Ruddy