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 and three children’s books. 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 has been featured in Marquis Who’s Who in America (2018-Present) for excellence in literature and education, Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2018-Present), 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 as its Top Educational Consultant of the Year.”

In 2020, she was named “Empowered Woman of the Year” by IAOTP and a  “Social Impact Hero” by Authority Magazine for her support of animal rescues through her publishing company. She was also chosen to be on the cover of T.I.P. Magazine, an international business publication.

In June of 2021, Stacy was featured on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square as Empowered Woman of the Year. In 2022, she was named “Top Inspirational Author of the Year” and was honored at a gala at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in December. She was also broadcast for her award on the Planet Hollywood Jumbotron overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. In addition, she was chosen to be featured in an international publication titled 50 Fearless Leaders for 2022. Her novel Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story won the Silver Award and Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told won the Gold Award for “Best Teen Book” in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.

For 2023, Stacy has been named “Top Global Impact Author of the Year” for her literary work on several continents, and she will be honored at a gala at The Plaza in New York City later this year. She also accepted a position as a judge for the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The New York Times, and Scholastic.

All 13 of her books have risen to #1 New Release and/or Best Seller status in a variety categories on Amazon from 2010-Present.

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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