CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- Susan Botts, who teaches fourth and fifth grade at Northaven Elementary School has been named the ExCel Award winner and Teacher of the Year for 2015 in the Greater Clark County School Corporation.

Teachers at Northaven said Mrs. Botts is an acknowledged leader in the Greater Clark school district.

"When Susan Botts speaks, everyone listens," one teacher said.

Most of the students at Northaven know Susan Botts, because of her special student group called Eagle-ears. That group of students produces videos that spread the word about the PRIDE project.

PRIDE translates to persistence, respectfullness, initiative, dependability and efficiency.

Mrs. Botts and others teach those skills by giving the students real world projects. This year, the community projects raised $1,100 for the local animal shelter and donated 2,400 food items to the fight against hunger.

Both projects were part of Mrs. Bott's effort to share her passion for community service.

Her passion for the community and dedication to her profession brought Susan Botts the ExCel and a $1,000 teacher grant from LG&E/KU.

One of her Eagle-ear students said Mrs. Botts has many great qualities. He said, she is kind, funny and caring. And he spoke for a student body that was proud to have their teacher chosen for the ExCel Award.

This was the 12th ExCel for the current academic year. The final ExCel for this year will be presented next Monday, May 8, in Oldham County.