After spending time in the New York Yankees locker room rubbing shoulders with the greats of the game in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Billy Staples left Phillipsburg to acquire his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at East Stroudsburg University. During his 13 years teaching 7th grade English in the Bethlehem School District, Billy was twice nominated as Disney’s National Teacher of the Year. Since signing the book deal with HCI (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishers) in 2006, Billy has given presentations at high schools and universities in 49 states and 9 countries. The Lehigh Valley College Scholarship Group thebestscholars.org that was formed as a result of the book deal has supported 104 local high school students through 4 years of college at a 91% graduation rate. The Best Scholars has given away over $880,000 to date.
About "Success Stories from the Heart"
Success Stories from the Heart is a compilation of author’s stories put together by HCI (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishers). They featured successful authors who got their break from HCI and what they (the authors) did for their community/society after their book appeared on the charts. Billy & Rich’s chapter is all about what they were able to give back to needy students in the Lehigh Valley — thebestscholars.org. The book is currently on the shelves in every Barnes & Noble the country.