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'American Teacher' to be screened on island

The Teacher Salary Project and the Bainbridge Schools Foundation will present "American Teacher," a definitive look at the state of teaching in America that offers a solution to the education crisis, at three screenings later this month.

The film will be show at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at Bainbridge Cinemas; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Bainbridge High School/LGI; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at Bainbridge High School/LGI.

The feature-length documentary, narrated by Matt Damon, was produced and directed by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth with producer Nínive Calegari, co-founder of the literacy non-profit 826 National, and best-selling author Dave Eggers.

The film chronicles the stories of four teachers - Erik Benner, Jonathan Dearman, Jamie Fidler and Rhena Jasey - who live and work in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. By following these teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, the film tells the deeper story of the teaching profession in America today.

Based on the New York Times best-selling book, "Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers," the film is an endeavor of The Teacher Salary Project, a nonprofit organization offering an interactive online resource and a national outreach campaign to change how teachers are valued in our society.

Calegari, one of the film's producers, will also be the guest at the annual spring breakfast for the Bainbridge Schools Foundation.

The breakfast is 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Wing Point Golf & Country Club. Reservations can be made at bsfspringbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

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