Stacia Bissell, M.Ed.

Helping You Make Sense Of Your Journey After TBI

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  • Over 25 years of educating and coaching youth and adults

  • Inspirational speaker with an effective way of connecting with audiences

  • Intuitive and compassionate brain injury coach & mentor

  • Transformational leader

  • Brain injury survivor...with a story

  • Master's Degree in Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in mathematics and secondary education

  • Licensed middle and high school Principal/Assistant Principal

  • Licensed middle and high school business and math teacher

  • Trained coach and professional development provider

  • ACBIS trained (Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists)

I am a native of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts who studied mathematics at Wells College in Aurora, New York and earned a Master’s in Education degree from Cambridge College. Passionate about education, much of my career was spent as a middle school math teacher and high school business teacher until taking on roles in administration and academic coaching.  In 2011, I became a licensed middle and high school principal with aspirations of running my own school in the near future, but a bicycle accident that same year left me with a traumatic brain injury and my career as a public school educator came to an end.  With encouragement from my medical team, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, friends and family, I began doing speaking engagements to various audiences on the topic of brain injury.  I am recognized for providing high quality, informative, and heartfelt presentations with a clear ability to captivate my audience by weaving in my personal TBI story.  In addition to being a keynote speaker for a number of organizations and a contributor to Brain Injury HOPE magazine, I co-founded both the Northampton, MA brain injury support group in 2015 and the Berkshire Brain Injury Collaborative, which was designed to provide professional development to teachers on return-to-learn strategies after a student suffers from a concussion, and which has now become part of the BIA-MA.  My desire to help others and the insight I have gained through my experiences as a TBI survivor establishes me as a trusted and credible guide and source of support to those making sense of their journey after brain injury. This is why I started TBIMentor.  In my free time, I enjoy writing, kayaking, being in the woods, and spending quality time with my family and friends.  I have three grown children who live in Virginia, Colorado and Vermont.