Our Founder

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Stacy Padula (O’Halloran) is the Founder and President of South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring. A native of Pembroke, Massachusetts, she has accrued years of experience working with adolescents as a tutor, college counselor, mentor, life coach, and youth group leader. Stacy is also the author of the Montgomery Lake High book series and the Gripped book series, which addresses teenage social issues.


Stacy was a Presidential Scholar and on the Dean’s List at Wentworth, where she studied Architecture and Interior Design. After graduation, she worked at an architecture firm in Boston from 2006-2008. Although she enjoyed her work, she felt something was missing—she wanted to spend more time helping people grow academically and spiritually. She decided that tutoring part-time would be a great way to utilize her interpersonal, writing, and math skills. For close to a year, she split her time between tutoring, writing, and working at a design firm in Plymouth. When she fell in love with tutoring, she left the A&D industry completely and took a full-time position with a company in the metro-west. In 2009, she became certified through the International Tutor Association. Her career took off, and within one year, she was promoted to Program Director. Stacy knew she had found her niche! During her eight years with that company, she received multiple promotions and held a variety of titles, including Manager of Curriculum & Instruction and Director of Operations. In 2016, Stacy left the metro-west to develop her own client base on the south shore of Massachusetts where she has resided the majority of her life. Today, Stacy specializes in college counseling, college admissions essays, SAT prep, ACT prep, and academic coaching.

Awards & Honors

Stacy was in Marquis Who’s Who in America 2018 for excellence in literature and education, as well as Cambridge Who’s Who for Young Professionals and Marquis Who’s Who in the World. In 2018, she was awarded the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement award, and in 2019, the International Association of Top Professionals chose Stacy Padula as their “Top Educational Consultant of the Year.” As a young adult, Stacy was featured in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and awarded the Academic Achievement Award in Miss Teen Southern New England for having the highest GPA. To read more about Stacy please visit www.stacyapadula.com.


Stacy’s first novel, “The Right Person,” was published in 2010. In 2011, “When Darkness Tries to Hide” was published, followed by “The Aftermath” (Padula’s personal favorite) in 2013. In 2014, both “The Battle for Innocence” and “The Forces Within” were released, and in 2015, all five books hit the shelves of Barnes & Noble. For Stacy, it was a dream come true to see her books for sale in the popular, mainstream bookstore! In 2016, Barnes & Noble chose Stacy to be a featured author for its teen book festival. In 2019, she released a new book series called “Gripped,” which chronicles how good kids become drug addicts.

Stacy's Radio Interviews

3/18/19 with Rob Hakala (95.9fm South Shore Morning News)

1/26/18 with Doug Llewelyn (The People’s Court/Judge Judy)

12/15/17 with Jim Masters (ABC, PBS, CUTV)

Stacy's TV interview with BossLady News of Boston