Terri James Solomon
Associate Director of College Counseling
Joined Milton in 2005
Serendipity was its wisest, most benevolent self when it brought Terri James Solomon to our attention. For a number of years Ms. Solomon had worked in various capacities at her alma mater, Wellesley, coordinating multicultural recruitment efforts, running a dorm, and counseling students and alumnae regarding graduate school and career options. But, happily, at the very time we were looking to add an additional counselor to our team, she was looking for work closer to her home in Milton. Years later, we still feel we got the better end of the bargain.
Born into a family of educators, Ms. Solomon is steeped in the ways and wonders of schools. In addition to working at Wellesley, she had taught in public and private schools and consulted with schools and community-based organizations. Here, she serves on the Cultural Advising Team, participates with the Community Engagement program, and teaches a section of Senior Transitions for our affective education program. A former faculty advisor to Students Interested in Middle Eastern Affairs (SIMA), Ms. Solomon now advises the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Most recently, she has spear-headed the creation of a prayer space on campus for Muslim students.
Outside Milton Ms. Solomon is a past member of the National Achievement selection committee, an active member of the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA), and a presenter on the college admission process to community-based organizations. She is also deeply engaged in advocating for people with intellectual disabilities, serving on a district-wide inclusion task force, leading a parent support group, and, under the auspices of Operation House Call, hosting medical students to lend insight into life with children with disabilities.
Ms. Solomon is married to a long-time independent school art educator and is the mother of two sons, one of whom is exploring the field of education himself. Ms. Solomon enjoys cooking for friends and family, reading, and indulging a mild obsession with Sudoku.
B.A. in psychology, Wellesley College
M.Ed. in psychology in education, University of Pennsylvania
What I find most rewarding about this work, what never gets old, is witnessing students’ growth over the course of our time together. The nature of the college process is that it provokes so many levels of self-examination, and it’s exciting to see students gain a deeper understanding of themselves.