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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

The movie presented a "Everwood" reunion with Treat Williams and Emily VanCamp acting side by side for the first time since the shows's ending in 2006. See more »

Connections

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

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Beyond the Blackboard was an inspirational depiction of the Stacey Bess story
27 April 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

I originally wasn't going to watch last Sunday but when I came home from work that day, my mom had it on there and seeing a familiar face from "Everwood" (Emily VanCamp), I decided to stick it out. I was very glad I did as this was quite an inspirational "based on a true story" movie though I'm sure since this was produced by the Hallmark greeting card company, not all the nasty things that went on that lower income school was going to be depicted. But you can see some of the frustrations this Stacey Bess went through and her struggles to get some needed textbooks and other materials when she talks to the man who hired her (Timothy Busfield). But when she then talks to another administrator (Treat Williams who I also recognized from "Everwood"), he decides to see what he can do and does more than she can thank him for. It was a wonderful surprise when these two former co-stars from the WB series showed up together on screen. There were other wonderful sequences but I'll just now say that this was very inspirational and if you're interested in this kind of thing, it's now on DVD at you're nearest Hallmark store. P.S. Loved the vintage Hallmark commercials that was shown throughout. Was especially interested in the one from 1975.


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