(WHAS11) - Noe Middle School Math Teacher Sue Levy is the newest winner of the WHAS-TV LG&E Excel Award.
Levy is best known at her school for after school workshops that help students improve their math skills.
"Until I finish what I started, I can't let them go," Levy said.
Levy, who has taught math in the Jefferson County School System since 1983, has been a leader in introducing new methods of teaching math.
School Board Member Debbie Wesslund, whose daughter was a student in Ms. Levy's class, says Levy is a leader at Noe Middle.
"Everyone looks to her and how she does things. Her caring, those kinds of attributes are contagious," Wesslund said.
At the award ceremony, Levy also had a tearful reunion with former student Emma Sartin, who is now a 9th grader. Sartin said her teacher was deserving of the award, because she helped her and so many other students Excel.
The Excel Award also carries a $1,000 grant from LG&E KU that can be used in the classroom and school that Sue Levy has adopted as her home.
Levy said she decided early in her career that she would change schools every five years, but then came her time at Noe Middle.
"This is the place to be. The kids, the parents, the other teachers, are so involved and care about the school so much that I wanted to stay part of it,” Sartin said.
And so, Levy has stayed at Noe for eight years, and has become the heart of the math department and an Excel Award winner.