Guidance and Counseling

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    Mrs. Amanda Esquivel, School Counselor

    Hello everyone!  While we all adjust to the new way of school and life, I wanted everyone to know that during this time I will be mainly working from home.  However, that does not mean I am not available to help or speak with a student in a time of need.  I have attached a couple links and documents that can be used when questions arise or worries become too much to handle.  The first document is a parent & teacher resource that lists some helpful links regarding COVID-19 and helping children cope with a new learning environment.  The second attachment is a link that allows you to fill in some information if you are requesting to speak with me, your counselor.  Meetings can be conducted virtually or over the phone.  As always, I am available by email ( or you can call the school and they will make sure I get the message.  We are missing everyone terribly and hope this time comes and goes with little effect to our students and families.  

    The following agencies are offering food assistance for families in need

    Frank DeLuca YMCA 3200 SE 17th Street

    Food Distribution times: Wednesday, 5/20 from 10 am-12 pm; Thursday, 5/28 from 10 am-12 pm


    Interfaith (352) 617-7715

    Salvation Army (352) 732-8326

    Brothers' Keeper (352) 229-0035

    Community of Gratitude (352) 288-3499

    St. Theresa's Social Services (352) 245-1359

    His Compassion (352) 351-0732

    Hope Outreach Center (352) 502-1495


    Parent & Teacher Resources

    Click on the following link to request to speak with your counselor Meeting request


    Welcome to the Guidance Office!

    My mission as your child's counselor is to assist you and his/her teachers in facilitating Eighth Street's mission statement and goals for each and every student. I would like to invite you to come in and get to know me and the services that are offered through the Guidance Department.  You may come by school or call during "teacher hours" and make an appointment with me. You don't need to wait until you have a problem or special reason! I hope that, together, we can lay a good foundation for future success and achievement by making your child's years at Eighth Street Elementary a happy and rewarding learning experience.



    • Help children understand themselves and others
    • Help to identify children with special needs
    • Provide crisis intervention
    • Develop plans to prevent academic/behavioral problems from developing
    • Provide Character Education program
    • Coordinate the efforts of other professionals working for children
    • Provide orientation for children coming to Eighth Street for the first time
    • Promote positive attitudes toward persons of diverse cultural, racial, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds


    Mrs. Jessica Tidwell is the Guidance Clerk. Some of her responsibilities include:

    Attendance: As parents it is your responsibility to assure your child/children have regular, timely attendance. However, if a child is not in his/her classroom at the second bell, he/she must check in at the Front Office before reporting to class. Also, if children are chronically absent, tardy, or picked up early, notices and/or phone calls may be sent from the Guidance Office in accordance with Marion County School System policies and FL statutes.  Please call the Front Office if your child is absent.  Upon your child's return to school, send a hand-written note as to the reason for the absence.  If your child was seen by a doctor, please send the doctor's note.


    Official Records: Your child's cumulative records can be accessed through contacting either the Guidance Counselor or Guidance Clerk.  If you need to review anything in the folder,  please call ahead and make an appointment for someone to go over the contents with you. If you need a copy of any document in your child's folder we can provide it for you.  If you request more than two copies, a charge will be assessed at 5 cents per copy.  Again, please call ahead and we will try and have it ready for you or will send it home via your child. If you are transferring out of Eighth Street we will make sure all necessary documents are forwarded to your child's new school.


    We love our school and know that you will, too!  If you are new to our area and need to register your child, please contact Mrs. Debbie Caraway, IPC, in the Front Office.