My Aventa Learning Interview for a part-time teaching position took place on November 29th, 2010. The interview consisted of a conference call from two Human Resource representatives, one of whom would become my English Department Instructional Supervisor (who knew?). Both friendly, they eased me into a questioning regarding my pedagogical knowledge and I answered the best I could with full confidence in what I had to say. My IS threw me for a loop with one question, "How will you physically go into a student's paper and leave comments?" I had no clue. This online-stuff was brand new and I was just as curious as to how they wanted it done as she was to how I would do it. I just told her this...What Aventa wants from me they will get. Give me the training and I'll do it. And I felt strongly I could take on whatever the company threw at me.
Contacted the next day, I accepted a part-time online teacher position with Aventa Learning. I kept posted in the foreground of my mind, my IS' words, we promote only our most tenacious part-timers to full-time positions. With my finger, I checked that one off as done.
I was spun into a HR paper trail like I'd never known. On the back end of it, though, on December 8th, 2010, I started an Aventa Learning Teacher Training course and finished it in four days out of 14. I ate the content of that course like I would have eaten a Starbucks' Cinnamon-Chip Scone...not a crumb was left behind. I read every word, watched every tutorial, engaged with every fellow student, and practiced the skills presented fervently.
I had one thing on my mind the whole time. I said to my husband at the end of the course, "I will gain full-time employment with Aventa Learning by March. Every day, I will do something to work towards becoming an indispensable asset to this company." I continued self-training daily and began thinking, was this a joke? An employment scam? Were they really going to pay me to do something this fun and exciting.
Apparently, yes, and my goal was reached more quickly than expected. As of December 21, 2010, I became one of Aventa Learning's latest full-time teachers!