Brian Westbrook surprises Phoenixville teacher with award

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Westbrook was chosen to present the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. A program launched 16 years ago to thank area teachers for all they do. (WPVI)

The spotlight is something high school teacher Seth McNaughton doesn't exactly seek out.

On Wednesday, though, he was thrust into it, but for good reason.

Hundreds of Phoenixville Area High School students packed into the auditorium to hear former Philadelphia Eagles star Brian Westbrook speak.

He'd also be presenting an award.

Westbrook was chosen to present the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, a program launched 16 years ago to thank area teachers for all they do.

An incredible 2,200 nominations were submitted by students and parents for 1,100 outstanding teachers.

Much to his surprise, McNaughton was chosen as one of the finalists.

"Please help me congratulate the 2017 Citadel Heart of Learning Award finalist for Phoenixville High School District Seth McNaughton," Westbrook said.

Accepting the award from one of his favorite athletes nearly left McNaughton speechless.

"Amazing, amazing, Brian Westbrook, one of the greatest running backs of all time," McNaughton told Action News.

One of his star students helped make it all happen with a letter, hoping to nominate him for the award.

McNaughton used his personal time to stop by 16-year-old Mya Fanti's house and ensure that she didn't fall behind after she suffered a traumatic brain injury.

"Really went that extra step to help me catch up with my work," Fanti said.

"It makes me happy for who I am and want to continue being the guy I am," McNaughton said.

McNaughton is now one of 15 finalists going for the $1,500 prize. He will find out in May if he is the winner.

Good luck Mr. McNaughton!

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