National and International Leader of Student Counseling
Teresa (Terri) Fitzsimmons has over 35 years of background and experience as a leader on the high school side of college admissions. She holds current certifications as a School and Community College Counselor in four states and a certificate from the Harvard Summer Institute for College Admissions. Terri has addressed the needs of students from diverse geographical and educational environments in both private and public-school settings, including those with strengths in STEM, fine arts and athletics. She has a special appreciation of the variety of developmental stages and is inclusive of and sensitive to the challenges faced from aligning the goals of faculty, administration, students and parents as they define together personal, academic and career success.
Terri specializes in navigating the extremely complicated college admissions process to include researching appropriate financial resource information. She has availed herself of dozens of college counselor fly-ins coast to coast and overseas, strengthening her communication and network skills with college admissions offices. In the past, Terri has organized and implemented student application and essay writing “Boot Camps” and major/career exploration workshops. Her basic philosophy is holistically helping guide students as they fill their “CUP” in high school in preparation for the college years: be committed, be unique, be passionate.
Finally, Terri finds every opportunity to build, market and promote each student’s individual narrative through a thorough 4-year plan and relational process. She is a member of NACAC, IECA and active on college admissions and independent college counselor social media venues. Terri is also a member of IACS (International Accreditation of Counseling Students)