PSA: Hallmark Hall of Fame movie: "Front of the Class"

I wanted to pass along this message from the Tourette Syndrome Association about an upcoming TV movie based on Brad Cohen's story.


“Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had”, a best-selling and award-winning
book from Brad Cohen, is being made into a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie to air on CBS, Sunday, December 7, 2008.

The film is currently being shot in Shreveport, Louisiana and stars Treat Williams and Patricia Heaton as Brad’s parents, and actor Jimmy Wolk as Brad.

“This has been a very exciting time for me, my wife Nancy, my parents, my brother and of course all my friends and family who have supported me for so long,” Brad said. “I'm very excited to celebrate these positive times in my life with so many people. It is my goal that the movie will make a difference in the lives of millions of TV viewers across the nation.”

Front of the Class (published in September 2005) is an inspiring true story of incredible challenges and unwavering determination. As a child with Tourette Syndrome, Brad was beaten, mockedand shunned. Some thought he was
        possessed by the devil. Others, including members of his own family, refused to be seen with him in public. As an adult, Brad overcame all odds to become an award-winning teacher of the year for the state of Georgia.

Brad is an inspiration in overcoming life’s challenges. Nothing, not even Tourette Syndrome, stops him from pursuing—and achieving—his goals.

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. Part of Brad’s past, included being the team mascot “Homer” for the Atlanta Braves Baseball team.

A motivational speaker who inspires people to keep a positive attitude and to follow their dreams, Brad was featured on Oprah, People Magazine and Inside Edition after the release of his book, which was named the “Education Book of the Year” for the Independent Book Publishers. He has attended several national TSA conferences where he was a speaker and panelist.

Please check the TSA website for updates and more information about the film and Brad’s TV appearances.

Click here to see Brad’s TSA print public service announcement.

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