Burke Virtual Academy School Counselor Website
Hello BVA students and families,
My name is Connie Thompson, and I am your school counselor/student advisor. I have been a school counselor with Burke County Public Schools since 2004. I obtained my Master's in Agency and School Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne College (now Lenoir Rhyne University). My career started at Foothills Mental Health, as a child therapist and then I began working for BCPS, as a school counselor at Drexel Primary School, which later became Drexel Elementary. After 10 years in the elementary setting, I accepted a position as a school counselor at East Burke High, my alma mater, and have enjoyed working there the past seven years. I am now excited to continue working for BCPS as the counselor for Burke Virtual Academy and I look forward to working with students K-12 all across the county. I am also a board member of the North Carolina School Counselor Association, where I currently serve as northwest region vice president. I am originally from Burke County, raised in Valdese, where I now reside with my husband, Andy, and my 3 precious fur babies; 2 dogs, Birdie and Ellie, and our cat Patches. I look forward to meeting each of you and wish you all much success this school year!
Me & Andy
Ellie & Birdie
Connie Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org 828-448-3526
Email is not checked regularly after school hours. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact mobile crisis at 1-888-235-HOPE (4673), the crisis textline (text HOME to 741741), or call 911.
School Counseling- How Can School Counselors Serve Students & Families?
Every student will acquire the academic, career and personal/social skills to reach their fullest educational potential.
The mission of the Burke Virtual Academy Counseling Department is to provide students with a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program, that will support students in achieving academic, personal/social and career success. This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become diverse learners and successful, productive citizens.
Who Are School Counselors?
What Does A School Counselor Do
Parents & School Counselors- Partners for Student Success
Why Elementary School Counselors?
Why Middle School Counselors?
Why High School Counselors?
Resources for Talking to Kids About Coronavirus
PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus:
Brain Pop Video About the Coronavirus:
ASCA Coronavirus Resources:
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource:
The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook:
Social-Emotional Learning Resources
Active Screen Time Resource:
Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation Designed for Kids Aged 3+:
Howard B. Wigglebottom Books, Animated Books, Songs, Posters and Lessons:
Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids:
Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids:
It Starts With A Breath: A book about mindful breathing
Ultimate Guide to Mental Health and Education Resources for Kids and Teens:
Social and Emotional Learning Strategies for Parents
Coping Skills Resources
Coping Skills Strategies for Children & Teens
10 Days of Live ‘Choose Love’ Lessons For Parents and Children:
Mental Health Resources
List of Local Mental Health Providers
Mental Health Support Lines
1-800-273-8255 The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support!
1-888-235-4673 Provides access to 24/7 support and information.
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United State. The Crisis Text Line is a FREE service for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from their secure online platform.
1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters [i.e. coronavirus pandemic].
Call 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org. Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship
1-844-572-9669 Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows you to submit secure & anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others. You can do this by reporting observed threats, behaviors, actions and harassment.
https://my3app.org/- a free app to help you stay connected when having thoughts of suicide. Also includes a safety plan and helps you be prepared to know when you need to reach out to others for help.
College & Career Planning
High School/College Planning
Highschool Timeline & FAFS/RDS Timeline
UNC Minimum Course Requirements for Undergraduate Admissions
How to use CFNC College Search Video - Youtube video
Career Interest Inventory
What you want to be- Middle School
What you want to be- High School
How to use CFNC Career Tools - Youtube Video
Paying for College
Bullying Concerns:Burke County Public Schools take all allegations of bullying seriously when reported to any staff or administration at the school. Upon receipt of the complaint, the principal or designee will investigate the merits of the complaint. The parent and student will be notified within 24 hours regarding the findings. Please let administration know if you have any concerns regarding bullying at the school. http://www.burke.k12.nc.us/parents/parents/bullying