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 cthompson@burke.k12.nc.us 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?


Virtual Learning Resources/Rules

This BCPS link provides tutorials on how to login to many of the online platforms our teachers are using during this time. Check it out!

BCPS Technology Help Desk Hotline: 828-438-2955

10 Tips To Be Successful In Virtual School

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:


Mindfulness Websites/Activities:


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: 

Kindness Videos:

Mental Health Resources

List of Local Mental Health Providers


Mental Health Support Lines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255 The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support!

Partners Behavioral Health Management Mobile Crisis

1-888-235-4673 Provides access to 24/7 support and information.

Crisis Text Line

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.

SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline

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].

National Domestic Violence Hotline

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

Say Something

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.

Scholarship Information

Scholarship List - Click here for a list of scholarships and deadlines.

Scholarship Websites

https://www.cfburkecounty.org/ Burke County Scholarships

https://cfwnc.org/ Western North Carolina Scholarships

www.nccommunityfoundation.org NC Scholarships

www.college-scholarships.com/schools/north-carolina/ NC Scholarships

www.wpcc.edu Western Piedmont Community College

www.fastweb.com Scholarships, Colleges, Jobs and Internships

www.northcarolina.edu University of North Carolina System Schools

www.ncicu.org North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

www.cfnc.org College Foundation of North Carolina

www.eligibilitycenter.org NCAA Eligibility Center

www.playnaia.org NAIA Eligibility Center

www.scholarships.com Scholarships

www.bigfuture.com College Planning and Information

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