On Thursday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Shane Sumrow from Mrs. Baird's Bakery talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about their new "Teachers on the Rise" program.

Teachers on the Rise is the only program like it in Texas. Every month, the program recognize teachers every month from area elementary, middle and high schools that go "above and beyond" the call of duty. Sumrow said many of these teachers who have been nominated have given up their time and in some cases, the money out of their own pockets, to help their students, and deserve to be recognized for their selfless actions.

"One student couldn't afford a coat, so the teacher went out during her free period of the day, bought a coat, and then brought it back to school to give to the student. We've heard stories where the teacher bought one of her students a cap and gown, because that student couldn't afford a cap and gown for graduation. Those are the types of stories that go on everyday that we don't hear about too often, because the teachers are not going to tell us themselves because, trust me, they are the most humble people in the universe and they don't crave the recognition, but we want to give them the recognition."

To nominate a teacher for Teachers on the Rise, visit their website at mrsbteachers.com and fill out the online entry form. All winning teachers will receive a $200 prize, and students who nominate winning teachers will also receive a $50 prize.