Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students. –IMDb
John N. Smith (born July 31, 1943 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian film director and screenwriter. He began his career making documentary and short films before moving on to feature films and then finally working primarily in television. His work has been nominated in the Academy Awards, Genie Awards, and Gemini Awards, but has only won the latter.
He is best known for the 1995 drama Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, and the TV movie The Boys of St. Vincent. From 1972 until his completion of The Boys of St. Vincent in 1992, Smith was a staff filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada.
He is married to filmmaker Cynthia Scott. —Wikipedia