LOUISIVLLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- For the second time during this academic year, a Noe Middle School teacher has been honored with WHAS-TV ExCel Award.
Beth Lyles, the school's band director was honored in ceremonies that included a performance by the school's jazz band.
The jazz ensemble is just one of the Lyles' creations during her 15 years of teaching at Noe.
The remarkable sound of that band is the work of 6th, 7th and 8th graders, who Beth Lyles finds, trains and brings together as a performing group.
Linda Pulley, who was one of Lyles' student teachers, says Lyles is always doing something positive for her school. She says the students see Lyles as a leader and they want to be leaders.
Pulley says she was in Lyles classroom for just five minutes before she decided that she wanted to be a band director. Now, she directs the bands at Iroquois High School.
And there is more to the Lyles legacy. Her former students now return to Noe MIddle as musical tutors for the current students. Lyles says it's neat to have her former students develop into really good musicians and good teachers.
The word among the students is that Mrs. Lyles pushes them, pushes them to perfection or something close.
That push for perfection brought the ExCel Award and a $1,000 dollar teacher grant from LG&E/KU.
ExCel teacher Beth Lyles is the curator of band music at her school. And her bands are the sound of music for Noe Middle.