Last night, St. John's University students had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by the inspiring, award-winning educator and author Stacey Bess. During her motivational talk, Bess spoke about how she overcame the odds during her first teaching assignment: a K-6 educator at "The School with No Name" in Salt Lake City, Utah, home to severely impoverished children and their families. Despite overwhelming obstacles, Bess realized what it was that those seemingly "unteachable" children really needed: love, acceptance, and someone who believed in them. As her book, Beyond the Blackboard explains, "Stacey discovered that by teaching and modeling love, self-worth, personal power, and courage she could reach children who had previously been labeled unteachable." As future educators, we can all take something away from Bess' inspiring story. The evening ended with an opportunity for all students at the lecture to receive a free autographed book.
For more information about Stacey Bess' story, visit her website: http://staceybess.com/index.php
What did you think of Stacey Bess' story? What lessons did you take away from her words? We hope mentors and their buddies were able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity together. Tell us your thoughts!