Estella Mims Pyfrom was born in Quincy, Fla. and grew up in Belle Glade, Fla. She began her college career at, A & M University in Tallahassee, Fla., where she earned her B.S. Degree and Master’s Degree in elementary education, vocational home economics and administration and supervision. She later attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., where she earned her certification in Guidance and Counseling.

Pyfrom was the Glades Area representative on the Palm Beach County Comprehensive Board of Directors for Mental Health and is responsible for bringing mental health services to the Glades. Estella served on the Board of County Commission on the Status of Women for four years. She was a national and state supervisor for Girl’s’ Clubs and a Girl Scout Troop Leader for several years. She was president of several local community organizations, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a member of a local church.

Pyfrom served as a K-12 classroom teacher for three years, a guidance counselor for 31 years, a summer school principal for two years and an area resource teacher for the school district of Palm Beach County for six years. As an area resource teacher, she was responsible for training staff, teaching students, implementing and monitoring programs through the drug-free schools department.

In October 2008, Pyfrom left teaching and her guidance counselor post to create Estella’s Brilliant Bus -- a customized digital mobile learning center, designed to travel to communities and deliver services where service is needed.

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