Our Founder

College counselor, award-winning author, and entrepreneur Stacy Padula has accrued years of experience working with adolescents as an educational consultant with extensive experience in the fields of college counseling, tutoring, and standardized test preparation. For roughly eight years, she was the director of a private education company in the metrowest of Massachusetts where she managed a staff of thirty tutors and developed all company curriculum. In 2016, she left the metrowest and founded South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring based in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 2019, Stacy founded a publishing company that uses a portion of its proceeds to support animal rescues: Briley & Baxter Publications LLC.

Publications: Stacy Padula is the author of ten Young Adult novels with her eleventh and twelfth in the works. Her first novel, “The Right Person,” was published in 2010. In 2011, “When Darkness Tries to Hide” was published, and it was followed by “The Aftermath” 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 titled “Gripped,” that takes place in the same world as Montgomery Lake High but focuses on different main characters. “Gripped” is currently being adapted for television by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman (Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, Ghost Writer).

In 2020, Stacy began writing a third book series with NBA Coach Brett Gunning. Geared towards children ages three through eight, Stacy and Brett’s soon-to-be-released “On The Right Path” book series has been endorsed by Joel Osteen, Mike D’Antoni, and Kevin McHale as a series that belongs in every school, library, and household.

Awards: Stacy Padula was featured in Marquis Who’s Who in America (2018, 2019, & 2020) for excellence in literature and education, Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2018, 2019, & 2020), and Cambridge Who’s Who for Young Professionals (2009). In 2018, she was awarded the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2019, the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP of New York, NY) chose Stacy Padula as its Top Educational Consultant of the Year.” Then in 2020, she was named “Empowered Woman of the Year” by IAOTP. Each of her novels have risen to best seller status in a variety categories on Amazon from 2010-Present. From February through March of 2019, “Gripped Part 1” was the #1 New Release on Amazon Kindle in its category. In November of 2019, “Gripped Part 3” was the #1 New Release on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle in 3 different genres. In May and June of 2020, “Gripped Part 4” became the #1 New Release on Amazon in multiple genres as well. In November of 2020, Stacy Padula was named a “Social Impact Hero” by Authority Magazine for her support of animal rescues through her publishing company. That month, she was also chosen to be featured on the cover of T.I.P. Magazine, an international business publication. In June of 2021, she was honored in Times Square on the famous Reuters jumbotron as “Empowered Woman of the Year.”

Background: Stacy grew up in Pembroke, Massachusetts and graduated from Silver Lake Regional High School towards the top of her class. She was a Presidential Scholar and on the Dean’s List at Wentworth, where she studied Architectural Engineering and Interior Design. After graduation, she worked at an architecture firm in Boston for two years. Although she enjoyed her work, she felt something was missing—she wanted to spend more time helping people grow academically, personally, and spiritually. Therefore, 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 private education company in the metro west of Massachusetts. She attained tutoring certification through The International Tutor Association. Her career took off, and within one year, she was promoted to 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 founded South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring. Then in 2019, she founded Briley & Baxter Publications—a publishing company that uses part of its monthly proceeds to support animal rescues. Stacy is currently enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s online Entrepreneurship Specialization to pursue her passion for business. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, taking online classes, following the stock market, attending Bruins games, playing fantasy sports, reading about psychology, hosting Bible studies, taking her dogs to the beach, and spending time with her family, husband Tim, and friends.

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