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Stacia Bissell

Stacia Bissell

Stacia Bissell, M.Ed., is a brain injury survivor, educator and public speaker.  She is recognized for providing heartfelt, informative, professional presentations with a clear ability to captivate, motivate and connect with her audience.  Stacia has been a keynote speaker for a number of organizations with a compelling presentation titled, Look Closer. My Brain Injury is Invisible. 

Passionate about education, Stacia spent much of her career as a secondary math teacher until taking on roles in administration and academic coaching.  In 2011, she became a licensed middle and high school principal with aspirations of running her own school in the near future, however, a bicycle accident that same year left her with a traumatic brain injury and her career as a public school educator came to an end.

Stacia has written articles about her post-TBI journey for Brain Injury HOPE Magazine.  She was co-founder of the Northampton, MA brain injury support group, and was instrumental in the creation of the Berkshire Brain Injury Collaborative in Massachusetts that 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.  Stacia is usually the sole keynote speaker engaging audiences with insights and stories from her TBI journey.  Other times her audiences have had the added pleasure of seeing her former speech & language pathologist, Katya Bowen, join her on stage.  Together they offer strong presentations by weaving Stacia’s personal TBI journey together with Katya’s professional expertise.

With enough notice, Stacia can address topics that are important to the goals of your conference, and here are a few other topics for you to consider:

  • Look Closer. My Brain Injury is Invisible.
  • The Glass Box. Will My Former Self Ever Get Out? 
  • It Takes a Team to Help You Return to Work (after a brain injury)
  • Gaining Insight & Alignment to Yourself (after a brain injury)
  • Getting Stuff Done (after a brain injury). Why It’s So Hard For Your Brain and What You Can Do To Support It.

 

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