Estella Mims Pyfrom
Graduate of Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida
and Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Estella Mims Pyfrom was born in Quincy, Florida and grew up in Belle Glade, Florida. She attended Everglades Vocational High School grades 1- 12 at Okeechobee Center in Belle Glade, Florida. She began her college career at, A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she earned her B.S. Degree and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, Vocational Home Economics and Administration and Supervision. Estella later attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where she earned her certification in Guidance and Counseling. Estella is also certified by the State of Florida as a Supreme Court Justice trained Mediator. Additional diplomas: Culinary Arts, Cake Decorating and Floral Designing.
Estella is a recent recipient of Global Recognition and is listed among Honorees who are posted in the 2012 GLOBAL Directory of WHO’S WHO for hard work, dedication, perseverance and for demonstrating leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession.
She is the second oldest of six daughters and one son. Estella’s father, Roy L. Mims, was a migrant worker, a crew leader and a camp manager for many years. Her father migrated to the north, with his family and transported many other poor families as a contractor, to harvest produce during the summer months. He traveled for more than eighteen years, transporting migrant workers, by driving trucks and buses to the camps. As they traveled to the north to harvest produce, her father never left his family behind. Both parents were industrious individuals and were considered Migrant Pioneers of the time. Neither parent had more than a fourth grade education. Estella’s mother traveled to assist her husband with the crew and operated a sandwich wagon during working hours in the fields.
Estella 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 (4) 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.
The Most Concerned Teacher of the Year
Estella Mims Pyfrom served as a K-12 classroom teacher for 3 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. During the past years the name was changed to the Prevention Center and is currently renamed as Safe Schools Department for Palm Beach County. She also served on two Superintendent’s Advisory Committees for the district, whose responsibilities were to review all new programs and materials to be approved for the district. She worked as an instructor for Adult Education for twenty six (26) years. During her tenure with Palm Beach County School district, she worked as chairperson for many departments at the schools as well as served as the President of the Palm Beach County Home Economic Association. She was voted “The Most Concerned Teacher of the Year” by the student body at Pahokee High School. Estella served as the Auxiliary Coach for Glades Central High School Band, for twenty eighty (28) years. She was a group home owner and operator for mentally and physically challenged individuals and provided long term care for twenty eight (28) years. Estella Pyfrom served as Guardian Ad Litem for seven years, as an advocate for neglected and abused children. She provided financial assistance for underprivileged children and allowed many to live in her home. As a trained Supreme Court Certified Mediator she volunteered to help many families through difficult situations and crisis and also served on the District Crisis Assistance Team.
She is the wife of Willie R. Pyfrom who is a veteran Band Director with Palm Beach County School District and is now retired and teaching music part-time at Highland Elementary School in Palm Beach County.
Estella Pyfrom is the mother of four well-adjusted children and 11 grandchildren. All four of her children have excelled personally and professionally. Her oldest son, Gene A Pyfrom, is a retired Manager of a Gymnastic facility for which he was the owner. Her second oldest son, Lieutenant Colonel Juan A. Pyfrom, earned a Jurist Doctorate Degree in International Law and is a JAGG Officer in the United States Army. Her oldest daughter, Dr. Karen Abrams, was recently appointed principal of Pahokee Elementary School in Pahokee, Florida, and her youngest daughter, Mia L. Pyfrom, who is working as one of several Learning Team Facilitators for the Palm Beach School District.
After forty eight years of service to the Palm Beach County School District, Estella retired for two years, only to return back to the system as a classroom teacher and later as a Guidance Counselor. Estella returned with a passion to help under achieving and underprivileged children and families as well as culturally and economically disadvantage children and families improve their lives.
In September 19, 2006, she returned to the school district from retirement as a Guidance Counselor at Rosenwald Elementary School in South Bay. In October 2008, Estella resigned her position so that she could devote more time to accomplishing her mission. Her mission was to create a project that would help underprivileged children and families improve the quality of life, thus creating Project Aspiration (D/B/A Estella’s Brilliant Bus) sees mission statement. She is the Founder and CEO of Project Aspiration, a Class Act Learning Center, Inc. Estella’s Brilliant Bus is a 501 (C) 3, not for profit Corporation. The name Project Aspiration has changed exclusively to “Estella’s Brilliant Bus”.
Estella’s Brilliant Bus
Estella grew up in an underprivileged household and has a passion to help underprivileged families improve their standard of living. Her vision is that parents will be empowered with better skills and get more involved with their children’s education and lives, thus improving the quality of life for the family.
The project intends to network with schools, businesses and community agencies to provide experiences that will enable families to become more productive. Estella is currently serving as a Regional Director for one of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Providers.
Estella’s Brilliant Bus, formerly known as Project Aspiration, is a customized mobile learning center, designed to travel to communities and deliver services where service is needed. Estella’s Brilliant Bus will serve children and families throughout Palm Beach County. Estella’s Brilliant Bus was designed and created by Estella Pyfrom.
Estella believes that by forming alliances with agencies in communities who have similar missions and who have been awarded grants, have grant funds to provide services and join partnerships to serve hard to reach individuals will be beneficial. The learning center will travel to communities where service is needed. Presently, she is focusing on grant writing, agency donations, and sponsorships that have a passion to help improve the quality of life for individuals throughout the communities in Palm Beach, Martin and Broward Counties. We will make a difference…one child at a time and/or one family at a time.
During the past two years, Estella has organized and operated a food pantry and is now a partner with Feeding South Florida, which is a regional branch of Feeding America distributing food to approx. 3,000 individuals each month.
Estella recently piloted a tutoring program for children of homeless families, sponsored by the Palm Beach County School District. Estella provided tutoring for the children but also extended her time to include service to college students so they could work on assignments and to adults who needed to search for jobs and housing. Estella’s Brilliant Bus pledge is to continue to extend her services to those families as they venture out into communities throughout Palm Beach County.
Estella’s Award Celebration
Estella Pyfrom has been very celebrated since the creation of Estella’s Brilliant Bus. Estella’s accolades include:
- FEATURED: NBC News Network… Prime Time with Brian Williams and other associated networks
- All Local TV and Radio Stations
- Jet Magazine
- 5000 Points of Light–Ranked – 4998 around the world- Hosted by President ans First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House
- CNN Hero- 2013– Top 10 around the world –Ordinary People doing extraordinary things around the world
- Woman of Worth — Top 10 around the world–L’O Real of Paris
- Who’s Who Global–Directory – dedication , hard work an for making a difference
- ESSENCE Magazine – 2014
- MV Magazine
- Success Magazine
- HerHife Magazine
- O-Oprah Magazine- This I know for Sure —Special Column
- Oprah-The Life You Want Tour- Toyota Standing Ovation- Florida VIP
- Wells Fargo Community Award
- Florida A & M Alumni Association -PBC-
- Community Service- From Local to National
- Legacy Award — by Dexter Bridgeman–Legacy Palm Beach Magazine
- Living Legacy Award- Human Symphony – National
- Community Service Award – Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Community Service Award – Alpha Phi Alpha
- Community Service – Citizenship Awards – Zeta Phi Beta
- Community Partners Award – Delta Delta Lambda Chapter – Alpha Phi Alpha Chapter
- Woman Of Excellence – Delta Sigma Theta
- Spirit Award–Delta Sigma Theta
- NBA – Proplayer Philanthropy Award
- African American Achiever Award
- National Education Award
- Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award – Palm Beach State College-2014
- Microsoft Youth Spark Award – Grant
- Microsoft – National-Global – Super Bowl Commercial and Award
- Office Depot Adopt-A-Teacher
- Comcast-Comcast Community Service Award Grant
- Dr. Oz Show
- Woman of Excellence – Humanitarian Award
- John Maxwell Leadership Award
- Diamond Award for Community Service – National Coalition of 100 Black Women
- Citizenship Award – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
- FEA -Martin Luther king Jr Award- Outstanding Leadership Award
- Professional-Influential Business Professional
- Most Powerful 25 Women- In Palm Beach County – Dexter Bridgeman
- OCR REAP Grant
Estella has invested a large sum of her pension money into the project in order to make the vision become a reality and is confident that the project is helping to improve the quality of life for children and families. Estella will be seeking financial and moral support from friends, businesses and community agencies, (foundations) as financial support is essential in order to continue service and to ensure success in the future.