School Counseling

The School Counseling Department at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School practices ethical and professional standards in the implementation of a developmental counseling program that promotes Jesuit values and student success. One of the department’s goals is to provide care for each individual student (cura personalis). This approach capitalizes on each student's individual strengths to attain his academic and personal best.
The School Counselors work with students for the purpose of enacting positive changes in the areas of educational, social, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning. The counselors work through a variety of ways to maximize their effectiveness and impact on positive growth. These include individual counseling, small group counseling, family conferences, consultations with teachers, administrators and other school staff, classroom presentations, referrals to outside professionals and special events and projects.
The counselor implements a curriculum that is developmental, flexible and responsive to the specific trends and needs of his or her assigned grade level. Through this process an emphasis is made on character and value formation, decision-making skills, and personal awareness. The Counseling Department strives to strengthen our students' emotional skills to make them more adaptable and successful in attaining their future goals.
In addition, the counselors provide crisis counseling or responsive services when needed in order to help students overcome any obstacles that may interfere with their personal well-being and academic success.
The School Counseling Department supports the Jesuit goal of graduating young men who embody the principles of the “Grad at Grad.” These principles are the following: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to doing Justice.
The Counseling Department strives to strengthen our students' emotional skills to make them more adaptable and successful in attaining their future goals.
- Teresita Gutierrez, Director of School Counseling
Each grade level is assigned to a counselor who stays with his/her students for several years. This model helps solidify a strong relationship between the student, his family and the counselor.


List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Teresita Gutierrez

    Mrs. Teresita Gutierrez 

    Director of School Counseling School Counselor - Class of 2024
    (786) 621-4146
  • Photo of Mario de Armas

    Mr. Mario de Armas 

    School Counselor - Class of 2030
    (786) 621-4147
  • Photo of Kimberly Homans

    Mrs. Kimberly Homans 

    School Counselor - Class of 2028
    (786) 621-4675
  • Photo of Rosario Landa

    Rosario Landa 

    School Counselor - Class of 2025
  • Photo of Daniel Montesi

    Mr. Daniel Montesi 

    School Counselor - Class of 2026
    (786) 621-4118
  • Photo of Valentina Vernet

    Ms. Valentina Vernet 

    School Counselor - Class of 2027
    (305) 223-8600
  • Photo of Tatiana Zantua

    Mrs. Tatiana Zantua 

    School Counselor - Class of 2029
    (786) 621-4168
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email:
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.