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Beyond the Blackboard (2011)

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.

Director:

Jeff Bleckner

Writers:

Camille Thomasson, Stacey Bess (book)
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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily VanCamp ... Stacey Bess
Steve Talley ... Greg Bess
Timothy Busfield ... School district's HR representative
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Johnny Hernandez
Nicki Aycox ... Candy
Kiersten Warren ... Danny's Mom
Treat Williams ... Dr. Warren
Liam McKanna Liam McKanna ... Danny
Paola Andino ... Maria
Luis Jose Lopez ... Carlos
Deidrie Henry ... Patricia
Luce Rains ... Joe
Mathew Greer Mathew Greer ... Nelson Parker (as Mat Greer)
Savannah McReynolds ... Nicole Bess
Colin Baiocchi ... Brandon Bess
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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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Her students were homeless. Her journey was unforgettable. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Features The New Tic Tac Dough (1978) See more »

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User Reviews

 
sincere goodness
28 June 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Stacey Bess (Emily VanCamp) got pregnant at 16, dropped out of school, and got married to Greg. She eventually got her GED and 8 years later in 2009, she gets her first teaching job in Salt Lake City. She's horrified to find a chaotic railroad warehouse shelter with homeless families run by Johnny Hernandez. With only her own resources and the help of the parents (Nicki Aycox, Kiersten Warren), she tries to create a safe environment. She finally meets superintendent Dr. Warren (Treat William) who is surprised by her work.

It's a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. It's feel-good. It's inspirational. It's a tear-jerker. It's all of that. It's sincere and it does that sincerity very well. VanCamp is a solid lead. She embodies that goodness. It is everything one expects from this type of movie.


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