FLVS from a Teacher’s Perspective

Source: Redefined Online website, May 2013

Florida Virtual hired her at about $42,000 a year to start. She had been making about $41,120 when she left the district.

Meloy is bound by an annual contract. Like her district counterparts, she undergoes yearly evaluations, which are based in part on student test scores. But FLVS reviews include student feedback.

Training at FLVS is ongoing. As a new teacher, Meloy went to Orlando for four days of orientation followed by seven weeks of online meetings with trainers. She also was partnered with a “content buddy,’’ another teacher who acted as a mentor of sorts for about a year. In the district, Meloy recalled one day of training “and that was mostly about insurance,’’ she said.

Full-time FLVS teachers typically have 175 students, depending on the course, Meloy said. At a traditional high school teaching an elective, she might have six periods with 30 to 40 students each.

Unlike traditional school teachers, though, FLVS instructors are available to students from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Teachers can adjust their schedules as long as they meet students’ needs, said Meloy. She works about 40 to 45 hours a week and allows students to contact her as late as 11 p.m.

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