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Beyond the Blackboard (2011)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family  -  24 April 2011 (USA)
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A 24-year-old first-time teacher overcomes her initial fears and prejudices and makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter's makeshift classroom.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Bess
School district's HR representative
Johnny Hernandez
Danny's Mom
Mathew Greer ...
Nelson (as Mat Greer)
Nichole Bess
Brandon Bess


A 24-year-old first-time teacher overcomes her initial fears and prejudices and makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter's makeshift classroom. Written by CBS Publicity

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Her students were homeless. Her journey was unforgettable. See more »


Drama | Family





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24 April 2011 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Beyond the Blackboard (#60.3)  »

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In an epilogue to the original broadcast, Emily VanCamp introduced the real Stacey Bess, who spoke on behalf of education for the homeless. See more »


Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Thank you Stacey Bess and Halmark
18 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky growing up- I had parents and Grandparents who valued education and were together as 1 family. In 1974 when I started college the furthest thing which I wanted to do was become a teacher, instead I became a volunteer juvenile probation officer while in college, a police officer afterwards and an Army veteran (all after college). God also blessed me with 2 wonderful sons whom I raised by myself because I lost their father in a car accident. I've always pushed education- expecting and demanding the best from their school boards, their teachers, myself, and my sons. Now, some 38 years after graduating the U of South Florida, I'm obtaining my Masters in Education. I've been a parent volunteer since 2006 in their high school, and I've been a substitute teacher since 2009. This movie just drives home what I've seen over the years, what I've fought for for my sons and their classmates, and for their parents. Thank you Mrs. Bess, for giving me the courage and the fortitude to carry on- I nearly gave up on my MA. Thank you for being the type of teacher which you are- you are indeed a rare breed of teachers and I wish that there were more like you. We don't give up- we look to reach all our students and their parents. You were there to help me and make me not give up- in 3 weeks I graduate with my MA, then it's off to the state board exams.

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