It sounds to me like you are being taken advantage of. I hope you are
already looking for another job!!! 20 sections is a doable number..however you are
planning for 13 grade levels. That is like a regular ed teacher planning for
13 different subjects. That is how different each grade level is in art!
Next, check your contract. I can't remember if you are at a public school,
but in CT, it is state law that each teacher (regardless of subject) get a duty
free 30 minute lunch. Prep time is different in each district, but teachers
are supposed to get up to 45 minutes per day, 30 minutes uninterupted in my
district. Now is the enough for the average art teacher??? OF course not! The
important thing is to find out what you are actually entitled to. What are
the classroom teachers getting w/regard to prep and lunch.
Then, I would make a list of all the things you are responsible and keep a
log/schedule of how much time you are putting in. Write down everything! Do
this for a couple of weeks. Then make an appointment with your administrator or
visual arts coordinator (if there is one). Tell these people that you don't
understand why you are grading and preping for other teachers when you don't
have enough time to do your own work.
Numbers/Data talk. If your administration is reasonable, they will see...if
they are not...i would be looking for another job ASAP! Even taking over a
leave mid year sounds better than this! \
Being a new teacher is hard enough...being a new art teacher is really
hard...having to do other teacher's work on top of your own...that is outrageous!!!