YES! YES! YES! I absolutely agree. Do your job the absolute best way you can. If you do not like your situation then you update your resume and start looking. Do not for any reason go and complain about your head director to the admin. Especially if he/she has been there for a long time. You are WAY too young to be burning bridges right now. I highly suggest that you keep your mouth shut and move on.
Okay, I'll start and I guess I'll be the "jerk" on the thread. Even if all you said is absolutely accurate, in my opinion you need to keep your mouth shut and do your job and forget about his job. You are a 1st year teacher. You have built no reputation for yourself. Hear me out, I'm not saying this to be mean.
This business is very political. People talk and people have friends. I don't know your head director or you. But maybe your head director was a great director once upon a time. He may have had great bands in the past and now is burned out and is waiting to retire, which is wrong. Then again, maybe he was always a bad director, which begs the question, why did you take a job there? If your answer is, I needed a job and wasn't getting a lot of offers, there you go. Another reason you don't need to start burning bridges no matter how right you may be about the head director.
The administration may like this person. If you march in there with one year of experience and start running this guy down, you may find that you are the one who is ousted and looking for another job. And if that happens, you'll need them for a recommendation. How do you think that's going to work out?
In my opinion you need to do all the work that is thrown at you and do it very well. This is an opportunity for you to shine and grow. Since you are a first year teacher, you will gain a lot more experience at honing your skills by working your butt off and taking on the extra load.
Keep your mouth shut and leave at the end of the year. It will look better to leave a place with a recommendation that you were a team player and worked hard, than you were a whiner who backstabbed the head director. Yeah, yeah I know, it's not fair. If you stay in this profession for 30+ years like I have, you'll find a lot of stuff in our business that is not only not fair, but very corrupt.
Focus on the kids. Focus on improving your craft. Forget the other staff members. I've been in your shoes and I've also been a head director for many years in both small and large schools. Good luck whatever you decide to do.
Before Spring break I had hit my breaking point with my head director.
Coming to school late, leaving early, not teaching sectionals while myself and the other assistant are, putting too much on our plates, not being available to help me with my band, etc... itís clear to me that he is checked out and isnít putting the time in to this program.
This is my first year teaching, so itís taken me a few months to figure out that. Whatís worse is that any convo when weíve tried to talk about it has ended in him getting defensive and telling us that we are working too hard and should scale back ourselves. I usually leave by 5, only gone in early enough to teach my sectionals, so I donít agree with this at. all.
I was planning on talking to my principal about this before the break, but now with the closures it seems unfair. BUT... I know this will happen again next year. Also with the work at home order heís not doing anything... no assignments for top band, not answering emails, ignoring us, etc.