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Dr. Estrella , Elementary School Counselor at Key Biscayne K-8 Center



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About the Counselor and the KBK8 Counseling Program

COUNSELOR: Dr. Josefina Estrella

SCHOOL NAME: Key Biscayne K-8 Center

SCHOOL PHONE: (305) 361-5418


About The Counselor

Hi, I am Dr. Josefina Estrella.  I have the honor and pleasure of being 
the elementary School Counselor at Key Biscayne K-8 Center.  I have a 
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico; a 
Master's Degree in Diagnostic Teaching/Specific Learning Disabilities from 
Florida International University; Certification in School Counseling; and, 
a Doctor of Education Degree in Child, Youth, and Family Services/Special 
Education from Nova Southeastern University. I was a teacher for 14 years 
before becoming a School Counselor and worked 8 years with Special 
Education students in several public schools.  I have been working in 
Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a School Counselor for the last 28 
years.  

I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to be working with the wonderful 
children and parents of this community.  

Thanks so much for your support to our school, that is indeed your 
school!!


Hola, soy la Dra. Josefina Estrella. Tengo el honor y el placer de ser la 
Consejera Escolar de la escuela primaria de Key Biscayne K-8 Center.  
Tengo un Bachillerato en Sicología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, una 
Maestría en Educación Especial/Dificultades de Aprendizaje de Florida 
International University, Certificación en Consejeria Escolar y un 
Doctorado en Educación/Servicios para Niños y Familias/Educacion Especial 
de Nova Southeastern University. Fuí maestra por 14 años antes 
de comenzar mi trabajo de Consejera Escolar y durante 8 años trabajé en 
varias escuelas públicas de Miami-Dade enseñando a estudiantes con 
dificultades de aprendizaje. Yo he estado trabajando como Consejera 
Escolar en las escuelas públicas del Condado Miami-Dade durante los 
ultimos 28 años.  

Yo me siento muy afortunada de tener la oportunidad de trabajar con los 
niños y los padres tan maravillosos de esta comunidad.  

Gracias mil por el apoyo que le dan a ésta, su escuela.

Key Biscayne K-8 Center School Counseling Program Beliefs, Vision, and Mission Statement

Beliefs

The professional school counselors serving Key Biscayne K-8 Center 
believe: 
• All students can achieve and meet high standards that will result in 
post-secondary success
• The counseling program addresses the “head and heart” of students - 
essential to academic, personal/social and career success
• Students’ developmental needs are best met by implementing a 
comprehensive school counseling program that aligns with national, state, 
and local standards
• Data collection and analysis drive the school counseling program 
goals for promoting student achievement
• Counselors act as leaders at the school and district levels to 
create systemic change that benefits our students
• Counselors advocate for equitable access to resources and 
opportunities to meet individual students’ needs by fostering strong 
school, family, and community partnerships
• Counselors promote a safe, welcoming, and inclusive school climate 
that values and respects the diverse cultural identities represented in 
our school
• Counselors manage, plan, deliver, and evaluate the school counseling 
program in collaboration with an active school advisory committee made up 
of parents, staff, students and community members, all of whom understand 
our students’ needs
• Counselors’ participation in professional development activities is 
essential to maintaining a quality school counseling program
• Counselors abide by the principles of ethical behaviors as outlined 
in ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.

Vision Statement

Key Biscayne K-8 Center students are high-achieving learners who strive 
for academic excellence. Supported by a deliberate and comprehensive 
school counseling program, all students attain self-directed personal 
growth in order to become well-rounded individuals who are responsible and 
act with integrity. 
All students are encouraged to pursue individually challenging post-
secondary opportunities, including the pursuit of higher education, 
rewarding careers, and healthy work/life balance. All students leave Key 
Biscayne K-8 Center well-prepared by the counselors to make positive 
contributions to our diverse community in the 21st century.
 

Mission

The Mission of the COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM at Key Biscayne 
K-8 Center is to address the academic, personal/social, health/wellness, 
community awareness, and career development of all students in a 
sequential process. Students are encouraged and challenged to identify 
individual uniqueness, understand multicultural diversity, attain maximum 
academic potential, and acquire effective social/communication skills to 
compete in a global economy.  The ultimate goal of the program is for 
students to graduate with the competencies necessary to be able to make 
self-directed, realistic, responsible decisions and to be successful 
contributors to society.  

La Misión del PROGRAMA DE CONSEJERIA ESCOLAR de KBK-8 Center es reconocer 
las necesidades individuales, sociales y académicas de los estudiantes; 
expandir su conocimiento de la importancia de mantenerse saludables; 
enriquecer la apreciación de su comunidad y ayudarlos a desarrollar 
destrezas que los preparen para sus carreras en el mundo del trabajo.  Los 
estudiantes son motivados a que identifiquen sus caracteristicas 
individuales únicas, demuestren un entendimiento de la diversidad 
cultural, lleguen a alcanzar su máximo potencial académico, y adquieran 
las destrezas sociales y de comunicación que les permitan competir en una 
economia global.  La meta final del programa es que los estudiantes se 
gradúen con las competencias necesarias para tomar decisiones responsables 
y se conviertan en ciudadanos que contribuyan positivamente al bienestar 
de nuestra sociedad.

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