"Beyond the Blackboard" premiers on CBS on Easter Sunday Night

April 5th, 2011

Photo credit:  Mercedes Heinila.


Stacey Bess's first teaching job is not at all what she expected.  She’s assigned to the School with No Name in Salt Lake City, a space in a homeless shelter that is supposed to function as a classroom.  The ‘classroom,’ though, lacks basic supplies such as desks and books, and her young students range in age from six to 12.


Based on a true story, Beyond the Blackboard chronicles young Stacey confronting her own fears and insecurities as she struggles to gain attention and respect from her students.  She must also win over school board administrators and apprehensive parents.


Beyond the Blackboard, the 243rd presentation of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, premieres Sunday, April 24, 2011, 9-11pm ET/PT on CBS.  This presentation continues the 60th anniversary year of television’s longest-running and most-honored series of drama specials.


Emily VanCamp (Everwood, Brothers & Sisters) stars as Stacey Bess; Steve Talley (The Peaceful Warrior) plays her husband, Greg; Emmy Award winner Timothy Busfield (thirtysomething, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) and Treat Williams (127 Hours, Front of the Class) play the school administrators.


Beyond the Blackboard is based on Stacey Bess’s memoir, Nobody Don’t Love Nobody.  Jeff Bleckner (Loving Leah, The Russell Girl) directs from a script by Camille Thomasson (When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story, The Magic of Ordinary Days). 


To view the trailer, download the Teacher's Guide, and more, visit