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KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Graduate School of Education will present a community screening of the feature-length documentary American Teacher at 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, at the Clarence Brown Theatre.

A brief panel discussion will follow the viewing.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the challenges of public education and the daily realities teachers face.

American Teacher, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, chronicles the stories of four teachers who live and work in disparate urban and rural areas. By following the teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, the film tells the deeper story of the teaching profession. The teachers recognize the significance of what they do, but question whether they can afford to continue to teach.

“The goal of the event is to acknowledge the importance of teachers and recognize the powerful impact they have on their students and society at large,” said Susan Benner, director of the Graduate School of Education and associate dean of Professional Licensure.

“The film documents the dedication and commitment required for teacher success, given the challenging working conditions that characterize today’s schools,” she said.


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,

Susan Benner (865-974-6638,