Meet Stacy Padula, founder and president of South Shore College Consulting and Tutoring.
College counselor, award-winning author, and entrepreneur Stacy Padula of Plymouth, Massachusetts 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, as well as a mentor, life coach, and youth group leader. 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, she founded a publishing company that uses a portion of its proceeds to support animal rescues: Briley & Baxter Publications LLC.
Stacy Padula is the author of nine Young Adult novels. 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 Part 1: The Truth We Never Told” was released in February 2019, and “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided” was released in July 2019. “Gripped Part 3: The Fallout” was released in November 2019, and “Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors” was released in May 2020. In 2019, Stacy Padula also wrote her first screenplay, an adaptation of her novel “The Aftermath” and worked on writing a pilot for “Gripped” that is currently being considered for a TV show by Hollywood producers.
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.
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.
Meet Deb Fredette, academic coach, admissions essay tutor, and test prep tutor.
Deb has had many different professions. She worked as a plan administrator for a financial institution for over five years. Since the medical field always fascinated her, she decided to go back to school to become a certified surgical technologist. After many years of working in the operating room, she had to leave because of a family illness. She was offered a job as an adjunct professor at a junior college in 2008 and worked there for three years as a clinical instructor and lab teacher. Deb then earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Massachusetts and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in college, she did an internship at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. While working in pediatric cardiology and nephrology, she was trained to work with children that had disabilities, such as Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Deb has always loved working with children. While hers were growing up, she volunteered as a room mother at the elementary school and taught Sunday school. Her church did not have a youth group, so she started one for children in grades 7-12. She ran the youth group for seven years, and taught the kids the importance of serving in the community and in the homeless shelters. In 2010, Deb decided to put her love for children and her experience in the medical field together. She traveled as a missionary to Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Africa. She spent the summer of 2014 in Uganda visiting hospitals and schools for the deaf, with the goal of helping the doctors get the equipment they needed to perform cochlear implant surgery on the children. The vision also included opening an early intervention school for the deaf. Upon returning to the states, she decided to continue her work with children as a tutor and substitute teacher. Although her degree is in science, she enjoys tutoring a variety of subjects and standardized tests. Her specialties lie in SAT and ACT prep, as well as college admission essays.
Deb enjoys golfing, skiing, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys writing and has written a book that is currently being published. Her second book is already started, and she hopes to finish it within the next six months.
Meet Lindsay Rourke, admissions essay tutor, history and English tutor, and academic coach.
Lindsay graduated from Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield CT. Earning her Bachelor’s degree in history and her Master’s degree in teaching, Lindsay has an ever-growing passion for learning. Aside from academics, Lindsay thoroughly enjoys cooking in her free time and even goes as far as to label herself a self-proclaimed home chef! (Courtesy of the Food Network). Lindsay is the proud Cat Mom of a sassy yellow tabby, Lily. Lindsay is very outgoing and enjoys meeting and making new friends.
Qualifications and Awards
Lindsay spent five years of her education at Sacred Heart University, where not only did she receive academic awards, but extracurricular as well. During her junior year, Lindsay was elected Scholarship Chair for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. This position allowed Lindsay to live her passion and assist and encourage all 115 of her “sisters” in finding the best versions of themselves. Entering her senior year, Lindsay was awarded the Charles T. Eby Scholarship; “This scholarship recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of History and is awarded to a full-time history major entering his/her senior year who shows the most excellence and promise in the study of History. This is the History Department’s highest honor and is a mark of significant honor for the student.” After receiving this prestigious award, in Lindsay’s senior year, she was elected as the President of the History Club. Wrapping up her senior year, Lindsay graduated with the highest academic honors, Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded the Silver Medal of Excellence in History.
Following her undergrad graduation, Lindsay started and completed her master’s degree, as well as field experience as a student teacher. During this time, Lindsay developed her passion for achieving personal connections with her students and creating a positive and individualized learning environment.
The following statements were written by her supervisors:
“Miss Rourke also created a variety of assessments allowing all students to show mastery of the material and to showcase their talents. In addition, she is a caring individual, who is sensitive to student needs and concerns. This has allowed her to build strong rapport with the student body. She will certainly be missed.” – Breanne Brienza, Cooperating teacher, THS staff
“She is one of the most successful and talented student teachers that I have worked with both in the university and in my career as a high school principal….Her outstanding traits are her honesty, her positive attitude, her caring feelings for helping other people, her reliability, and her high integrity…Lindsay knew her students and made accommodations in order to ensure that teach of her students would be successful with the material to be learned…She treats all with total respect and dignity, dealing with her students according to their personal learning styles and personal life issues.” – William Manfredonia, University Supervisor, Sacred Heart University
“Ms. Rourke is a well-liked and well-respected graduate student, one whose prior experiences working with young people as a volunteer tutor at Bridgeport’s Multicultural Magnet School and as a private tutor and childcare provider serve her in good standing. She is thoughtful and conscientious with her assigned work, and this semester she worked well with her cooperating teacher in the transition to online instruction due to coronavirus. Don’t let her petite and youthful appearance fool you: Ms. Rourke is more than capable in her interactions with middle school and high school students. She treats even the most challenging students with professionalism, calmness, and assertiveness.” – Dr. James Carl, Former Dean of the Isabelle College of Education, Sacred Heart University
Lindsay wrapped up her Master’s degree and received the highest academic honors, Summa Cum Laude, with a 4.0 GPA.
Lindsay is frequently asked, “Why did you want to become a tutor and academic coach?” Her response is one that harbors a personal connection. Lindsay is naturally a very nurturing and caring individual who is eager to connect with her students. Lindsay aspires to assist her students in their journey of uncovering their individual identities, aspirations, and greatest aptitudes. Lindsay understands the necessary and reliant connection between a student’s individual personality and academic success, explaining her passion for incorporating creative learning methods. Individual learning sessions maximize the personal connection between teacher and student, allowing for an optimal learning environment and experience.
Letters of Recommendation
Meet Sophia Coggeshall, math tutor
Sophia is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, where she studies biomedical engineering. She first began tutoring in high school for Project Reach, applying her love for math with her passion for working with children. She graduated in the top 1% of her high school class as an active member of National Honor Society. She is also a competitive Irish Step dancer who has competed several times at the Regional, National, and World Championships.