Strictly by chance Billy’s childhood was spent inside the Yankee and Phillies locker room where he rubbed shoulders on a weekly basis with Munson, Catfish, Reggie, Schmidt, and Carlton & Rose along with Stengel, DiMaggio, Mantle, Ford, Berra, Mays and Robin Roberts on “Old Timers’ Day”.
After high school he spent two years in New York and Los Angeles giving acting a shot and was in the movies: Hairspray, Coming to America, Gremlins II and a recurring role as the young Lt. Columbo.
Billy left a corporate position at AT&T World Headquarters to teach 7th grade English in the Pembroke Projects of Bethlehem for 13 years. During that time he was twice nominated for Disney’s National Teacher of the Year award. His groundbreaking work helping troubled kids better their lives and make it to college was featured in a five-part series on CNN.
He is featured in the book/video “The Secret” by Jack Canfield where he says:” Billy Staples, the teacher is and was a walking, talking example of “The Secret” before the Secret came out”.
He is the co-founder of the “BEST” College Scholarship Organization and has been responsible for tuition aid for over 100 inner-city kids.
He is the co-author of the National Sports Best Seller, “Before the Glory”, printed by the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers; which was ranked as high as #5 among sports books nationwide.
Billy currently travels the country giving motivational and educational presentations at hundreds of colleges, universities, high schools and middle schools, rotary’s and corporations where he shares his teaching methods, experiences, stories and of course his “Secrets”……