PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Teachers are under fire in a lot of places but they were feelin’ the love at a Tuesday night award ceremony in Philadelphia where 66 public high school teachers received the Lindbach Award.

One teacher from each Philadelphia public high school was chosen by colleagues to receive the award, which comes with a $3,500 check.

“Acknowledging and appreciating all the teachers in the public schools is something that we’re very proud of an honored to be able to do because they’re the ones who give to our children every day,” said David Loder, a Lindbach Foundation trustee.

Teacher Anthony Williams, who won for his work at the Youth Study Center, called the group the “Navy Seals” of the school district.

“We are an elite and a recognized group but more specifically I think we all share that love, that compassion, the empathy that we have for these children.”

Another winner, Raymond Lackey who teaches at House of Correction, found it an apt comparison “seems like everybody else gave up and we’re the last hope so we got to try to pull it out and that’s what we do.”

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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