Media playback is unsupported on your device From dinner lady to head teacher in just nine years
18 January 2017 Last updated at 17:37 GMT
Rosalind Brotherton started her school career feeding children at lunchtime and ended up as head teacher.
Mrs Brotherton, who now runs Flyford Flavell First School in Worcestershire, said she was inspired by watching great teachers.
The single mum of three boys began an Open University degree when she was 30. After qualifying as a teacher it took her just nine years to secure a post of head teacher.