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The School Counselors believe that social and emotional well-being is foundational to each student’s ability to grow and develop physically, emotionally, socially, aesthetically, intellectually and spiritually. By providing support and assistance for students, we guide them to attain the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills that allow them to develop as individuals that respect themselves and others.
School Counselors coach faculty and staff to support the Whole Child. With an emphasis on social emotional well-being, the counselors work with the faculty to ensure all students feel safe and supported on campus, that programming is inclusive and students' needs are represented in all aspects of campus programming.
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Meet your Counselor

Mrs. Elizabeth De La Cadena has been a part of the MCDS community for 7 years. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master’s in both Mental Health Counseling and Marital, Couple, and Family Therapy from Barry University.

Mrs. De La Cadena has worked in a variety of settings but quickly found that supporting children and families is where her heart lies. Mrs. De La Cadena wants every student in the Lower School to know the importance of talking with a trusted adult when they have “big emotions”, thus laying the foundation for a lifetime commitment to mental health without stigma.

Outside of MCDS, Mrs. De La Cadena enjoys parenting her three teenagers, along with her husband of 21 years.

Elizabeth De La Cadena
Elizabeth De La Cadena LS Counselor
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Examples of Programming

Examples of Programming

  • Coordinates and speaks during “Community Time”
  • Provides SEL activities in classrooms
  • Works with students in individual and group settings,
  • Provides parenting support via discussions and the sharing of resources
  • Collaborates with outside professionals on behalf of students, writes bi-weekly articles (Counselor Corner)
  • Cultivates leadership opportunities for students across grade-levels
  • Works with LS Admin to create special assemblies

Meet your Counselor

Ms. Lauri Kassewitz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified School Counselor for Grades PK-12 in the State of Florida. Ms. Kassewitz holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Arizona in Family Studies and a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling.

Ms. Kassewitz has been a Licensed Clinician since 1995 and began working in both the Independent School and Public School setting in 1996 as an Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and College Counselor. Ms. Kassewitz has been in private practice working with children, teenagers, couples, and families and has worked in community agencies.

Ms. Kassewitz looks at the ‘whole child’ and in particular instilling a sense of self-esteem and responsible decision-making in middle school students. Ms. Kassewitz is the mother of three teenagers alongside her husband of 18 years.

Lauri Kassewitz
Lauri Kassewitz MS Counselor
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Examples of Programming

Examples of Programming

  • Visits advisories
  • Holds new student lunches
  • Recognizes kindness and exemplary community values through the initiation and presentation of the Positive Influencer Award
  • Plans SEL Community Time Activities
  • Brings relevant Guest Speakers
  • Meets with students individually for support and to build skills,
  • Holds small group mediations

Meet your Counselors

Mrs. Calfee Regueira is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and a Master's Degree in Counseling with a Dual Specialization in Mental Health Counseling and Marital, Couple, Family Therapy from Barry University.

She has dedicated her career to providing direct counseling to adolescents and families in schools, private practice, and community agencies.

Mrs. Calfee Regueira aims to use her passion and knowledge of mental wellness to holistically support students' learning and development. Outside of MCDS, she enjoys parenting her two children along with her husband.

Meghan Calfee Regueira
Meghan Calfee Regueira US Counselor
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Ana Molina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified School Counselor for Grades K-12 in the State of Florida, Illinois and Puerto Rico. Ms. Molina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University and a School Counseling expert certification from Northern Illinois University.

During her 19 years of experience, she has worked with Middle and Upper School students and parents from diverse backgrounds, learning styles and cultural contexts.

Ms. Molina always aims to help students be self advocates and to inspire a lifelong exploration of positive mental health and overall wellness. Outside of MCDS, Ms. Molina is the proud parent of two children along with her husband. She enjoys traveling and the arts.

Ana Molina
Ana Molina Coordinator of School Counseling
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Examples of Programming

Examples of Programming

  • Provides individual and group check in’s,
  • Plans SEL Activities
  • Visits advisories to speak with student’s
  • Coordinates speakers for community time assemblies
  • Provides support and resources to parents and students
  • Writes the bi-weekly articles for our One School Communication
  • Works with US Leadership to effectively integrate the whole child approach
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