Anne Paterson, the council’s Chief Education Officer until her retirement earlier this month, has been awarded an OBE for her services to education.
Anne started her career as a primary teacher in Park Primary School in Oban, and went on to work for nearly 39 years in delivering education services for young people in Argyll and Bute.
Her successes include becoming Scottish Head Teacher of the Year in 2006, and, as Head Teacher of Inveraray Primary school, leading the creation of a centre for excellence for outdoor learning.
"I was lost for words when I heard the news that I had been recognised in the New Year Honours. I have been very fortunate to have spent my career in the area that I love and serving the communities of Argyll and Bute through the Education Service. I have worked with some amazing people who have gone above and beyond for the children and young people in the area. This team work has always been core for me and is something I will value for ever. It is quite a fantastic honour to have been selected and a really special way to mark my retirement.”
Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeill, said:
“Wholehearted congratulations to Anne on this well-deserved award. Anne’s career shows the great opportunities that exist for teachers in Argyll and Bute. Her successes highlight our progress in making this area an excellent place for young people to learn. Anne’s work in developing outdoor learning is a great example of our drive to identify and progress education opportunities that help local young people succeed. Very well done!”
To find out more about Anne’s education career and teaching in Argyll and Bute, see https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/news/2020/dec/what-makes-argyll-and-bute-great-place-learn-and-teach
To keep up-to-date with teaching opportunities in the area, please check the myjobscotland website