Launching Pad for the Exceptional
Excellence across the board is what propels our students to attend some of the most highly-ranked universities in the world. Our college counseling office offers a wide array of resources to help each student find the college in which they'll thrive.
FINDING THE RIGHT FIT
MEET THE TEAM
Terri has been Dean of the College Counseling Department at Francis Parker School since 2005. Before joining Parker, she served as the Director of College Counseling at Villanova Preparatory, a day and boarding school near Santa Barbara, CA. She also worked for nine years in college admissions, serving as Director of Mainland Admission for Hawaii Pacific University, a large private university on the island of Oahu.
Very active in professional organizations, Terri served eight years on the Executive Board of the Western Association of College Admission Counseling, including three years in the President’s cycle in 2007 – 2009. Terri earned the Mentorship Award from this organization as well in 2014. She also was Chief Assembly Delegate for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). She currently serves on the Past-President’s advisory council of the organization.
Her work on the Government Relations Committee and the Admissions Practices Committee of WACAC and NACAC give her the opportunity to work closely with college admissions officers and legislators at the local and national levels as they set policy and guidelines that direct the college admissions process. Terri served as co-chair of the 2015 national conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling held in San Diego.
Terri has presented at numerous professional conferences, and also worked as an external application reader for the University of California San Diego. A past member of the Western Regional Council of the College Board, Terri served on the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile Committee where she worked closely with Directors of Financial Aid from throughout the country. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for Marist College in New York, and the scholarship review committee for Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Terri also serves locally on the scholarship review committee for Chelsea’s Light Foundation and annually participates in the Finish Chelsea’s Run 5k with Brent and Kelly King. This year, Terri was selected as a panelist for LEAD San Diego to present issues related to higher education in the San Diego region.
In 2015, Terri was selected to participate in the White House convening for higher education and led discussions on college access and college counseling. Through the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative, Terri works with college professionals from around the country to increase college readiness. She was a featured guest on NPR discussing college admissions and the college essay http://www.thecolledge.org/category/hot-topics/page/4 and her blog on summer opportunities for teenagers was featured on the College Admission Blog: http://collegeadmissionbook.com/blog/juniors-if-you-could-do-anything-summer
At Francis Parker School, you will often see Terri at theater and music performances and leading Interim trips; she’s taken students to Guatemala and to New Orleans. Terri was a recent recipient of Parker’s Dethloff Award for outstanding service in 2014.
Terri grew up in New Orleans and graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. After college, she traveled extensively with the international educational program Up with People, and recently served on the Up with People Board of Governors.
Bob has worked in college admissions for two decades, including 15 years on the high school side. Bob started as an assistant director of admissions, recruiting students and reviewing applications at Fairfield University, a Jesuit university on the Connecticut shoreline.
For eight years before joining the staff at Parker, Bob was director of college guidance at Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private, independent school for girls in Greenwich, CT. He also led a team of faculty advisers assigned to each grade level, formed school policies on the Curriculum Committee and served as head varsity tennis coach.
He has been active in regional and national groups dedicated to professional development and educational opportunities. Originally from Stamford, CT, just outside New York City, Bob enjoys tennis and rooting for the Padres.
Before joining Parker in 2013, Jasmin spent four years as Associate Director of College Counseling at The Bishop's School, five years in college admissions at Pitzer College, and four years working for a state- funded nonprofit organization guiding underrepresented, first-generation college-bound students through the college process.
She is an active member in both regional and national professional organizations, most recently serving as the San Diego NACAC College Fair co-chair, the San Diego NACAC conference planning committee as Hospitality Chair, and has served as WACAC Assembly Delegate for three years prior. Jasmin has presented at numerous regional and national conferences.
Jasmin is passionate about providing resources for underserved communities and has been instrumental in creating our College Workshop series in Spanish, Nuestro Camino a la Universidad, in conjunction with local CBO's and schools nearby to serve the greater San Diego community. She is the recipient of the Joseph P. Allen Human Relations Award for her commitment in working with underserved students. Jasmin holds a BA in Liberal Studies from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Shelma Soto came to Parker in 2019 as the College Counseling Assistant. She believes that order for students to make important decisions about their academic life, they should be empowered through information and support on a personal, academic, and holistic level. Shelma earned her BA in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Education and Pupil Personnel Services Credential.