Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Teacher of the Year

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 80 minutes

Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year

Turner High School is the home of the Titans, and the biggest Titan of all is Mitch Carter (Matt Letscher, “Her”), recent recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award. TEACHER OF THE YEAR takes us inside the halls of Turner High and its irreverent cast of educators, including Principal Douche (Keegan-Michael Key from Key & Peele), the Sklar Brothers as “guidance” counselors, and Larry Joe Campbell as the over-zealous Vice Principal. Shot in the vein of TV’s Parks and Recreation, TEACHER OF THE YEAR is a hilarious hall pass into the lives of these educators as they discuss the greater virtues of teaching their students with the fantasy of possibly punching one in the face. When Mr. Carter is offered a high-paying job with a school lobbying group (that goes against his very views on education), he must choose between his love for teaching and providing support for his growing family. A comic look into what makes teachers tick, TEACHER OF THE YEAR is a brilliant depiction of the efforts and struggles that go into educating our youth, as seen through the caring eyes of one of the best. – T.W.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:30 PM -
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:50 PM

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:40 PM -
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:55 PM

American Independents Competition

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A Stand-Up Guy in the Classroom

Jason Strouse

After cutting his teeth as a stand-up comic and television writer, Jason Strouse moved to California and became an AP English teacher to really put his skills to the test. TEACHER OF THE YEAR was shot on the grounds of his school, and he used real students and friends to help with production.


Lainie Strouse

Jason Strouse

Matt Skala

Matt Skala

Principal Cast
Matt Letscher, Keegan-Michael Key, Sunny Mabrey, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar, Larry Joe Campbell, Jamie Kaler, Caitlin Carmichael, Brenda Strong

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