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Front of the class – Hallmark Hall of Fame

  • July 3, 2010
  • 3 min read
Front of the class – Hallmark Hall of Fame
Front of the Class

This movie is based on Brad Cohen’s best-selling and award-winning autobiographical book, “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had“, co-authored with Lisa Wysocky which describes Cohen’s experiences of growing up with tourette syndrome (TS).

About the movie

Starring Characters

  • Jimmy Wolk as present-day Brad Cohen
  • Dominic Scott Cohen as Young Brad Cohen
  • Treat Williams as Norman Cohen
  • Sarah Drew as Nancy Lazarus
  • Kathleen York as Diane
  • Joe Chrest as Jim Ovbey
  • Patricia Heaton as Ellen Cohen
  • Johnny Pacar as Jeff
  • Charles Henry Wyson as Young Jeff
  • Charlie Finn as Ron
  • Dianne Butler as Hilarie Straka
  • Helen Ingebritsen as Susan
  • Laura Whyte as Brenda

Short Synopsis:

A Tourette Syndrome sufferer who hated school while growing up strives to become the teacher he never had in this inspirational Hallmark Hall of Fame drama. As a young boy, Brad began making off noises – impulsive noises that were impossible to suppress. As a result, Brad was tormented by his classmates, and accused by his teachers of intentionally disrupting class. It wasn’t long before Brad started to hate school, but then an understanding principal offered just the kind of encouragement the struggling boy needed to turn his life around. Thanks to the good will of one sympathetic educator, Brad decided to become the kind of teacher who favored patience and kindness over authority and control. After being rejected by twenty-four schools, Brad was finally given the opportunity to prove his true worth as a teacher. This is the story of a man who relied on resilience and determination to get through life, and who devoted his existence to helping others like him overcome incredible odds.

– Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Hallmark – Front of the Class Inside Look

About Brad Cohen

Brad Cohen

Brad is an Area Lead Teacher for Cobb County Schools in Atlanta, and is responsible for teaching the teachers. Prior to that he taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade and was a technology lab teacher. Brad has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia. He is not only an American motivational speaker but also an award-winning teacher and author.

As a child, he was ridiculed, beaten, mocked and shunned. His mother’s encouragement and brother’s support were the key elements that kept him going.

About the disease

Tourette syndrome

To know more about the movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1292594/
To know more about the book: http://www.classperformance.com/author-books-front-of-the-class/

About Author

Sulabh Shrestha

Intern doctor and Medical Blogger Sulabh Shrestha