Myra Pearson

Born on the 25th march 1953 in St Andrews, Myra Pearson became a key figure in Scottish education.  After her schooldays at Madras College, St Andrews, Myra moved to Aberdeen to study at Aberdeen College of Education and was teaching in Kilmarnock by 1975. 

In 1985 she became assistant head teacher of Annick Primary school in Irvine, showing a determination to developing and improving the organisation of the school.  A year later, Myra became a lecturer in primary education at Glasgow’s Jordanhill College of Education, which would later become part of Glasgow’s Strathclyde University.  Myra worked at Jordanhill for 15 years during which she became co-ordinator for the postgraduate Certificate in Education, co-director of its Professional Development Unit and Associate Dean.  She was also partner in The Scottish Primary Mathematics Group, a business dedicated to authoring and publishing educational mathematics materials for schools. 

The General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) hired Myra, as a depute registrar for education in 2001.  This role involved promoting the GTCS both nationally and internationally.  Known for her diligence and work ethic, while with the GTCS, Myra was involved in developing the Standards for Full Registration, for Chartered Teacher and for Headship, and the Certificate for Professional Recognition. 

In 2006, as Aberdeen University developed a new approach to Initial Teacher Education, Myra became head of the University’s School of Education.  Until her retirement in 2010 Myra became a hugely influential figure in Scottish education that was known for her high-standards and direct approach.  As a result of her significant and impressive career, Myra was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in 2011.  She passed away on 17th November 2012 in Larbert.

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