Century link and WTVY are teaming up to honor local teachers.
This month, News 4's Demetria McClenton surprised Brad Battles with the teacher of the month award.
Battles is the band director at Dale County High School and South Dale Middle School.
He's been teaching for 13 years, and says he just tries to do his best every day.
"I love music, I love band, and I love the kids. I have some really good kids here and really good parents. I just try to stick by them and push them to do their very best, and get them into college and into a college band," said Battles.
If you want to nominate a teacher for a teacher of the month award just click the contests tab at the top of the page and select Century Link Teacher of the Month and fill out all of the information.