WATCH: Innovative Inverness teacher wins Primary Teacher of the Year at Highland Heroes 2023
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Muirtown Primary School teacher Beth Fuller has been named Primary Teacher of the Year at the 2023 Highland Heroes ceremony last night.
Miss Fuller is a hugely popular figure among both pupils and families, and has played a key role in the school's digital transformation since the pandemic forced a shift to online learning.
The role she played in maximising the potential of pupils has also earned Miss Fuller national awards, as she was named digital innovator of the year at the Scottish Education Awards last year and also earned a silver Pearson UK Teaching Award for digital innovation.
Miss Fuller said after winning: "I am just totally overwhelmed, I feel really excited to be here, I feel very grateful that people took the time to vote.
"I think the last couple of years have been really challenging for teachers and we all had to re-invent our jobs. It's really nice to be recognised for making a difference in that capacity.
"It's nice to be acknowledged for a job that I love to do."
As well as providing a variety of new tools to make learning more accessible and help pupils showcase their work, Miss Fuller has had a personal impact on her pupils.
One nomination wrote: "My son has had Miss Fuller as his teacher for the last three years and he's really going to miss her next year after P7.
"He has struggled in school since nursery but since he's had Miss Fuller as his teacher I can honestly say it's made a massive difference.
"She's a fantastic teacher, goes out of her way to help, always listens and is always on the end of the phone.
"The kids all love her as their teacher and she definitely deserves an award."
Miss Fuller won the vote over Golspie Primary School teacher Ethan Walker.
Mr Walker is in his first year of teaching, but has already made his mark on the Sutherland pupils through his enjoyable and educational craft projects and fundraising.
The probationer, originally from Alness, is a worthy runner up at the 2023 Highland Heroes.
Muirtown Primary School also scooped the School of the Year title at the event.