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Shannon, Hudson

I was hired by the Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) as a high school science instructor in April 2011. During my year and a half stay at OHVA I would say the main problems were staffing and attendance by students. At one point I was in charge of over 300 students. That number made it very difficult to give any one-on-one attention. Attendance was a serious issue, with a large percentage of students not logging in at all. Students were kept on the rolls as long as possible and we were encouraged to get students to log in even if they didn’t do any work because that would reset the truancy clock. It was a very negative experience and the leadership at that time was very poor. I am happy now teaching in a brick and mortar situation, but continue to worry about the students enrolled at OHVA.