Nobody Don't Love Nobody is the story of young Stacey Bess's first teaching assignment, the only job she could find, at The School with No Name. In a small shed behind a community homeless shelter Stacey Bess taught Kindergarten through sixth grade to children with no homes and little hope, an experience that effected a profound change in the teacher as well as her students. Stacey discovered that by teaching and modeling love, self-worth, personal power, and courage she could reach children who had previously been labeled unteachable. These children have grown into living proof that Stacey's methods work. Her memoir Nobody don't love Nobody inspired the Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie "Beyond the Blackboard."
At a young age, love and service were modeled for Stacey by her mother, who provided emergency care for traumatized children in her home. Stacey can remember many times having frightened children tucked into bed with her in the middle of the night. An avid reader of poetry and prose, Stacey expresses herself in her writing, especially poetry. As a teenager, she found writing poetry to be a healing process, and she has used that same process with the children she teaches.
Stacey has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Utah. Her outstanding service has been recognized with a number of awards on the local, state, and national levels, including the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service. She has also enjoyed speaking in many forums around the country as she works to shed light on her quest as a leading advocate for the educational rights of impoverished children.
Stacey and her husband Greg have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of six amazing children.