School Counseling

Academic SupportThe mission of the Friendly Hills Middle School Counseling department is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that will support the academic, personal/social, and college/career needs of all students.  We will strive to maximize student potential.

School Counselors work with students

  • Individually
  • In groups
  • In the classroom
When should a parent/guardian contact the School Counselor?
  • If your student is struggling or has concerns about academics
  • If your student is having a hard time with friendships/social issues
  • If you are in need of additional academic/behavior supports for your child
  • If you are seeking college/career advice about your child
  • If you are in need of resources for your child or family
  • A change in family (divorce, new sibling, death)
  • If you are concerned about bullying/harassment issues
  • If you are concerned with your child's mental health 


Ms. Lora Messer-Nilles 

651-403-7672 |
Last names H-Z

Messer-NillesI have been a school counselor since 1994, licensed for grades K-12. Currently at Friendly Hills, I have also worked at Heritage Middle School, and Mendota Elementary. I graduated from Macalester College and University of Wisonsin-River Falls. I live in the district and have two children who are receiving an excellent education in District 197 schools. I enjoy being part of the vibrant community that is Friendly Hills, and love my job, where there is never a dull moment! In my free time I enjoy camping, spending time at the lake, attending my kids' sporting events and activities, and traveling to new places with my family.

Ms. Jessica Grochowski
651-403-7706 |
Last names A-G

GrochowskiHours: Monday 7:30 am-3:30 pm; Wednesday 7:30 am-3:30 pm; Friday 7:30-11:30 am

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and my school counseling degree from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. I currently live in Woodbury with my two sons who are 11 and 13.   In my free time, you can find me out on a run or at the yoga studio. This summer, we took a road trip out to South Dakota and visited Mount Rushmore. I love working with children, and am passionate about inspiring, motivating and encouraging students to achieve their goals.  I look forward to getting to know you and your families!  Its going to be a great year!