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Florida Virtual School Interim President and CEO Ron Blocker
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    FLVS is a Great Place to Work - Remember, Working From Home is Just That - Working

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    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You work from home. You do not have gas or clothes expenses. Professional Learning opportunities are always available. The new CEO, Ron Blocker, has made some great changes in past months. FLVS teachers no longer have to be available 7 days per week. The IL (principal) in my school house is exceptional. The other teachers in my school house are supportive and helpful. The health insurance package is good. FLVS is part of the FRS (Florida Retirement System).

    Cons

    You will put in many hours - especially during the Summer when most of your teacher friends and your children are out of school. The pay is low for the hours you work. There are no incentives (like bonuses or compensation for experience). A teacher just out of college will make the same pay as experienced teachers will with great yearly evaluations. Many of the students are disrespectful as they do not see you face-to-face, and they have no problem sending demanding or rude texts. You are rated on items that you cannot actually control such as parents responding to "monthly contacts", students that do not work after several reminders, and students who withdraw or that you must withdraw due to their own irresponsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to compensate teachers that bring experience. In addition, teachers are all over the place with "completions". Perhaps, offer incentives to those who go over quotas or run classrooms that are not "in the red". Eliminate the lead teacher program. Their salaries would be put to better use with giving them a class. The "weekly coaching calls" are demeaning by leads that have less experience than the teachers in their pods. Leads do not actually cover vacations as the teacher must work double the week before. A great idea may to put the classroom "on hold" if a teacher takes a vacation. The students can still work, but the monthly contacts, etc. would freeze. Hold students accountable for their own actions (or lack of action). Non-working students have too many chances before the long process of a withdrawal begins. With Seniors, teachers even spend time contacting guidance counselors. What are these students learning? They are learning lack of responsibility which colleges will not stand for. Would you give teachers weeks to do work, and then create special "IPPs" when they show a hint of interest? Students need to learn real-world responsibilities. Students need to be held to the pace. If they do not work, they should be immediately withdrawn. Do not hold teacher responsible for data they cannot control like monthly contacts and non-workers. The teacher is working.. it is the student that is not. Please do not tell teachers that are working more than 40 hours a week that they are unorganized or may need help with strategies. In my subject area, each instructor had hundreds of students this past Summer. There is no possible way to keep the class in order, grade, make phone calls, and all of the other responsibilities involved in a 40 hour week. I hope that management reads some of these suggestions as FLVS is really a wonderful place to teach, but Mr. Blocker has a long road ahead of him making slow and steady changes. He is headed in the right direction and has earned the respect of the instructors.

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Florida Virtual School Interviews

Updated Feb 8, 2015
Updated Feb 8, 2015

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    Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
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    I applied online. The process took a year or moreinterviewed at Florida Virtual School.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, then large group interview at the headquarters, then an online, panel interview.
    I was just honest with the people. I have taught, successfully, for nearly twenty years. I am a very competent teacher who has always had very good reviews from my principals. I felt that this process was very inefficient and frustrating. The entire process took 22 months. More than a year after the initial phone and large group interview, during which time I did not hear a word from them, they called me and asked if I would be interested in an online interview two months in the future. After the two month wait and then the interview, I waited another five weeks to hear back from them. They did not select me, which is fine, but it just seemed like a very long process, and I was disappointed in what I felt was a lack of professionalism for making a potential employee wait so long for news.

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Website www.flvs.net
Headquarters Orlando, FL
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1997
Type School / School District
Industry Education
Revenue Less than $1 million (USD) per year
Competitors K12

Join more than 1,600 dedicated professionals who are working to transform education worldwide – one student at a time. Florida Virtual School (FLVS) was founded in 1997 as the country’s first statewide, Internet-based public high school and continues to be a nationally recognized and award-winning e-Learning model. Our team develops, delivers, and supports Kindergarten-12th... More

Mission: Our mission is to deliver high quality, technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for success. Our vision is to transform education... More

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