Meet Your Counselors

Janel Stoughton,
6th Grade Counselor 

Ms. Stoughton is originally from New Jersey, but has lived in Southwest Florida for over 30 years.  After graduating from North Fort Myers High School, she attended Florida Gulf Coast University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Master of Arts degree in school counseling.  Ms. Stoughton is on her 8th year as a School Counselor and her 6th year at Oak Hammock Middle School. 

As a School Counselor, Ms. Stoughton is available to help students with a variety of needs.  Her main focus is on academic achievement, career exploration, social skills, and emotional regulation.  She can also help with scheduling questions and is always happy to help students and families with any concerns they may have. 

Ms. Stoughton is looking forward to another wonderful year at Oak Hammock.  She is determined to help all students, families, and staff overcome challenges and build resiliency. 

Brittany Bruce,
7th Grade Counselor

Mrs. Bruce has worked for the District for 12 years and is in her 6th year as a school counselor.  Before becoming a counselor, she worked as a high school social studies teacher. Mrs. Bruce got both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is starting her fourth year at Oak Hammock and is looking forward to starting back working with her awesome eighth graders. 

Mrs. Bruce is here to help you with all your social and emotional needs. In the guidance department, we offer group counseling, individual counseling, career exploration, mediation, scheduling assistance, and many other things. Mrs. Bruce is passionate about helping her kids have the best middle school experience possible.


Julia Perez,
8th Grade Counselor 

Hi, I'm Ms. Perez! I was born and raised in Washington Heights, New York City and have been living in Florida for 7 years.  I graduated from John Jay college of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor's in Forensic Psychology and a minor in Criminology.  I then went on to earn my Master's degree from the University of Scranton in School Counseling.  


I worked as a clinician/psychotherapist for 8 years prior to officially working as a school counselor.  This will be my 5th year as a school counselor.  At the Oak, I have had the pleasure to work with a diverse group of students and staff.  I love it here!


As a school counselor, my goal is to help motivate and encourage students to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally in order to achieve their fullest potential.  I am super thankful and excited to continue this journey with my students.  Anything I can do to help, I am always here.  Please do not hesitate to contact me.  

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