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Beyond the Blackboard

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Format: TV Movie

Emily’s Role: Lead Character

Original Airdate: April 24, 2011

Network: CBS

Written by: Camille Thomasson, Stacey Bess (book)

Directed by: Jeff Bleckner

Production Company: Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions

Filmed in: Albuquerque, NM (USA)

Movie Description:

When Stacey Bess gets her first teaching job, she’s shocked. It’s not at all what she expected. Stacey (played by Emily VanCamp) is assigned to something called the School With No Name, a space in a homeless shelter that’s supposed to be a classroom. The children are all ages, many from broken families, thrown together in a `classroom’ lacking essentials like desks and books.

Stacey must tackle her own fears and insecurities as she works to gain the attention and respect of her young students. Using both compassion and determination, she takes on both nervous school board officials (Timothy Busfield and Treat Williams) and apprehensive parents. Eventually she transforms the barren space into a warm, comfortable environment where the children not only acquire knowledge, they also acquire self-respect and a measure of dignity.

Beyond the Blackboard is based on a true story.


Emily VanCamp – Stacey Bess
Steve Talley – Greg Bess
Timothy Busfield – Dr. Ross
Treat Williams – Dr. Warren
Julio Oscar Mechoso – Johnny Hernandez
Paola Nicole Andino – Maria
Liam McKanna – Danny
Savannah McReynolds – Nicole Bess
Colin Baiocchi – Brandon Bess
Nicki Aycox – Candy
Luce Rains – Joe
Kiersten Warren – Gretchen
Isabella Acres – Dana
Luis Jose Lopez – Carlos
Jack Nation – Sam
River Shields – Alex
Willow Shields – Grace