Early fall is back-to-school season. These ten noteworthy educators have been honored by Hollywood movies telling their stories. All ten goos are presented in the Three Clues format: Recognize the movie, and you can name the famous educator.



Christopher Sheldon

publication date: Friday, September 14, 2012

category: Accidents

clue: bad weather, instantaneous stability, Florida coast

explanation: Sheldon was the subject of White Squall. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Denise Sawicki, and Matthew Preston


Pamela Smart

publication date: Thursday, September 13, 2012

category: Crime

clue: conspiracy to commit murder, Helen Hunt, teenaged lover

explanation: Smart was the subject of Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story and her story was fictionalized in To Die For. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Sarah Kyle


Anne Sullivan

publication date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

category: Education

clue: broken doll, sign language, based on a Broadway play

explanation: Sullivan was the subject of The Miracle Worker. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, and Sarah Kyle


Roberta Guaspari

publication date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

category: Music

clue: violins, Meryl Streep, Harlem

explanation: Guaspari was the subject of Music of the Heart. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Sarah Kyle


Joe Clark

publication date: Monday, September 10, 2012

category: Education

clue: Bill Withers song, chained doorways, Morgan Freeman

explanation: Clark was the subject of Lean on Me. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Sarah Kyle

trivia: Clark was a school principal known for carrying around a baseball bat. Scott was tempted to write a different clue: "His cafeteria's lunch schedule: Peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat."


Erin Gruwell

publication date: Friday, September 7, 2012

category: Education

clue: diary, Long Beach, freedom

explanation: Gruwell was the subject of Freedom Writers. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Sarah Kyle


Ken Carter

publication date: Thursday, September 6, 2012

category: Sports

clue: Samuel L. Jackson, basketball coach, grades come first

explanation: Carter was the subject of Coach Carter. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, and Sarah Kyle


John Nash

publication date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

category: Science

clue: game theory, paranoid schizophrenia, 2001 Best Picture

explanation: Nash was the subject of A Beautiful Mind. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Sarah Kyle


LouAnne Johnson

publication date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

category: Education

clue: Michelle Pfeiffer, former Marine, "Gangsta's Paradise"

explanation: Johnson was the subject of Dangerous Minds. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Sarah Kyle


Jaime Escalante

publication date: Monday, September 3, 2012

category: Education

clue: AP Calculus, Edward James Olmos, cheating scandal

explanation: Escalante was the subject of Stand and Deliver. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Sarah Kyle


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Man or Machine?

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Fall 2012 Tournament

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Fall 2012 Bonus Goos

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