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Parkway Alumnus and Principal Featured in Hallmark TV Movie

The true story of Parkway Central graduate Brad Cohen, who was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and went on to become an award-winning teacher in Atlanta, will air as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" TV presentation on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. local time on CBS.

"Front of the Class," as the movie is titled, is based on Cohen's book of a similar name, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had. Hallmark chose the movie as its holiday film after Brad appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and then pitched his story to Hallmark.

In the movie and in real life, Cohen credits Bill Myer, his former principal at Parkway Central Junior and Senior High schools, for helping him achieve success. Myer knew how much Brad suffered with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder of the brain that causes involuntary movements and vocalizations known as tics. At Central Junior -- now known as Central Middle -- Myer also knew how important it was to help Brad educate the school about his tics. 

Read more about the movie and the story behind it on the Hallmark Web site or Parkway’s site.