Of course, it's impossible to say that Susan Ward was the best probationer last year. She makes no claim to be. Nor does she pretend to have invented the use of puppetry and music to motivate her pupils' learning. But, as her headteacher says, she is highly motivated, very effective, and a shining example of what's good in Scottish education.
Next week, American psychologist Martin Seligman will be telling Scottish teachers how he thinks they can boost the confidence and resilience of their pupils without falling into the trap of raising their self-esteem so high that they can't cope with adversity. Teachers' confidence needs to be boosted, too, however. Maybe the "tall poppy" syndrome, so prevalent in Scotland, would hold less sway if more teachers had the confidence to hold their own heads high.