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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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Based on a true story of an extraordinary teacher. 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

The working title of this film was "Let Them Shine" See more »

Connections

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

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Thank you Stacey Bess and Halmark
18 March 2012 | by Mirriah56-775-962040See 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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