Stacey Bess' early-age fascination with books came with a firm knowledge of her life’s work.
“I remember as a child that I loved the smell of textbooks,” she said. “I have always known that built within me there has been a desire to do anything that had anything to do with learning.”
That fervent dedication is now profiled in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Beyond the Blackboard” TV movie, premiering Sunday, April 24, on CBS. While it’s a retelling of the LDS woman’s first year as a teacher, the movie is so much more.
The 1987 school year was already underway when she completed her teacher certification, so job options were limited. After the first three teachers had quit at one school, the 24-year-old accepted the opening in the Salt Lake City School District.