Saving Westbrook High
Manny Cortez (Esai Morales) has scrimped and saved to buy a two-bedroom home for his family. Wife Teresa (Adyana de la Torre) and daughters Selena (Julianne Cabrera), 14, and Gabriela (Bianca Red Arrow), 12 so that the girls can attend Westbrook High where his beloved late father was the football coach. No sooner does the Cortez family move into the suburban school district, than the local school board announces that Westbrook High will close at the end of the year and be consolidated into a new, “super-school” to save money. Charismatic English literature teacher Elijah Bennett (Coby Ryan McClaughlin) leads the staff, including devoted drama teacher Doris Howell (Loretta Devine), history teacher Sara Davies (Clare Carey), chemistry teacher Boomer Joseph (Brian Lafontaine) and Assistant Principal Robert Melville (GregAlan Williams). They soon meet the new principal, Dr. Christine Walker (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), who has very different views on education and the value of protesting the school board’s decision. In the end, they all learn a lesson about family, community, finding a place where you truly belong and uniting to fight for the right cause.
CAST: Esai Morales, Loretta Devine, Salli Richardson
DIRECTOR: Gary Wheeler