10/14/2023 @ 10:00a
LOCATION:   The Loge    
GENRE:   Documentary

Teacher – 50:00 minutes


Director: Adam Gacka

There are 3.1 million public school teachers in the US Education system. Most are underpaid, underappreciated, and misunderstood. As a result, there has been a mass exodus from the profession, creating a shortage that that has dire consequences. In this raw and emotional documentary, we follow Nkanga Nsa on her inspiring journey to become a teacher in the nation’s 3rd largest public school system, Chicago Public Schools.

It begins with resident teaching at The Curtis School of Excellence. Located on the south side of Chicago, Curtis is a beacon of hope to a community that faces persistent violence and crippling poverty every day.

Nkanga will join the ranks of a cohort of teachers who are changing the narrative about what it means to be a teacher in an underserved community. She’ll spend a full school year training under the guidance of her mentor teacher, Chelsea Bennett while pursuing a Master’s Degree and balancing the responsibilities of being a mother.

  • Adam Gacka
  • Adam Gacka
  • Adam Gacka
  • Joe Martinez
    Director of Photography

EMOTIONS:     Amused     Informed     Inspired     Intrigued     Sad

TOPICS:     Controversy     Future     Politics     Slice of Life

TYPE:     Documentary