At last night's Pearson Teaching Awards in London, Isabel Lind of Aileymill Primary School in Greenock was presented with the Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement for her dedication to the profession.
Three years ago, instead of retiring at age 60, Mrs Lind became headteacher of Aileymill, a new primary school that focuses heavily on music, poetry, drama and dancing as well as the basics.
She is also an avid advocate of Scots language.
Mrs Lind, who was described as a "champion for education", has always worked in deprived areas, saying she believes all children should have the chance to fulfil their potential.
In total, nine individuals and one school team were given accolades rewarding primary and secondary headteachers of the year, teaching assistant of the year, further education lecturer of the year and a technology award.
Celebrities including double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Esther Rantzen and Sir Terry Wogan were among those handing out awards at the ceremony, which was held at the Theatre Royal in central London.
Actress Emma Thompson, who is president of the awards, said: "I owe so much of what I've done to my fantastic teachers at school and at university.
"It is very exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of all."