Owl Counseling

  •             Welcome to the Hidden Oak Comprehensive School Counseling Program. Elementary school counselors foster the educational, career and social/emotional development of students throughout their academic careers. Our goal is to support students in reaching their full academic potential and enjoy a positive school experience. We work with students, parents, and fellow staff members to help students receive the support needed to be successful. As counselors, we meet with students individually, in small groups, and in a whole class format. We teach students various coping strategies, skills, and methods to handle various challenges. Students, parents, and staff members may request counseling services. All counseling services are brief and solution focused. We also provide referrals as necessary for more intense services at parents’ request. Please call the school at 352-333-2801 request an appointment with our counselors.


School Counseling Services

  • School-wide character education
    Large Group Classroom Guidance
    Small Group Counseling
    Individual Counseling
    Consultation and Collaboration
    Coordination of special programs


    Classroom Guidance

    An educational approach to meeting the academic, personal/social and career needs of the children based upon the developmental level of the group.  The large group classroom guidance curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

    Conflict resolution
    Student success skills
    Healthy habits
    Multicultural awareness
    Career exploration

    Small Group Counseling

    This service is available for students experiencing a problem, crisis or need for additional support from the school counselor and peers who are facing a similar situation.  Students with common needs are brought together in groups of 2-8.


    Individual Counseling

    Counseling is available for students whose needs require a private and confidential setting.  Individual counseling sessions can address concerns in the academic, social/emotional, behavioral, and career domains.



    In an effort to maximize student success consultation services are available for students, parents/guardians and school-based educational professionals expressing an interest in having a cooperative effort in problem-solving.


School Counselor

  • Carmen Butfiloski


Counseling Clerical

  • Lori Kimmell

    Picture of Lori Kimmell

         Greetings! My name is Lori Kimmell and this is the start of my 7th year at Hidden Oak. My family includes my husband Josh, our children Sam and Lily and our two pets Pippi (dog) and Moose(cat). I am a graduate of the University of North Florida. My favorite place is my hometown of Fernandina Beach. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year here at Hidden Oak!