ABILENE, Texas -

He's been a teacher for 27 years and has made a huge impact on his students. Wylie High School Band Dir. Mike Lunney was nominated for Teacher Tribute.

Wylie senior Michaela Rummel, who plays the french horn nominated Lunney. In her nomination letter she said, “It brings tears to my eyes as I think about how I, as a senior this year, will no longer be his student."

Lunney teaches his students more than just reading sheet music. He's a mentor. It's one of the many reasons why Michaela Rummel nominated him for Teacher Tribute.

"It's kind of nice sometimes to have a fresh perspective that what you do, does make an impact on someone more so than just a standardized test score," Lunney said.   

"Sometimes, I think we kind of maybe take him for granted,” Rummel said. "It's like having a parental figure that you look up to a lot."

Lunney said he also became a band teacher for his love of music. He helps his students stay on track- not just by keeping tempo.

"My job is to, I hope is to teach music, but even more my wife and I have always approached it as we try to make kids into better people," Lunney said.

Teacher Tribute winners get to pick the car of their dreams and drive it off the lot for two weeks. We asked him which one he'd pick out. His answer: "I don't know, the students have already been bugging me about it," Lunney said. It will either be a Mustang or the biggest pickup they have."

Although, Teacher Tribute has many other perks. The program's main goal: to recognize teachers hard work.

It’s why Michaela said, "Wherever I go in life, I will always try to give as much as he has given to us."

Michaela plans on attending college to become a band director herself one day.