I took a job as a Director/Teacher of a new preschool program at the end of last summer. The preschool is in an existing gymnastics center. The “classroom” is in the corner of a huge gym with cubical dividers set up to block off the preschool space from the rest of the gym. In other words, we don’t have actual walls. While there is not a ton of activity going on during the school day, the noise from the gymnastics classes is very loud and distracting at times. When I was hired I was told they were expanding and would be building a separate preschool room. The truth is, they are expanding the gymnastics space but we will not be getting our own preschool room. What I thought was a temporary space is now the permanent home of the preschool. I am also the one and only employee of the preschool. I do everything from lesson plans, cleaning, newsletters, director tasks, etc. When I asked for an assistant for a very rambunctious 3 year old class the director said, “if you can’t even handle the stress of this class how can you ever be a director.” I was shocked at this statement. I have been a director before and the stress of being a director is very different from being in the classroom full time. I prefer being in a director/administrator role to being a teacher and I was very clear about this during both of my interviews. I was told the teaching would be temporary and as the program grew I would be the director. I don’t see any relief for next year either. We are hiring another teacher for the fall but we are expanding to twice the size. Needless to say I am very unhappy as things stand. The owners of the business think we have the greatest program in the world but I just can’t get over the setup of it. They have no idea how inadequate the space is. Besides noise, we lack a sink in the classroom, the bathrooms are clear across the building (sometimes we make 4 trips to the bathroom during a 3 hours class), I have a garage door as one of the walls of the classroom (which makes for a very cold winter) and the chalk they use in gymnastics leaves a constant film of dust over everything no matter how much I try to clean it. Had I known then what I know, now I wouldn’t not have accepted the job. I feel very deceived about the program. I don’t know if I should just suck it up and continue on for next year or if I should look for employment elsewhere. Does this set up seem crazy to anyone else or am I making a big deal out of nothing? Have you ever worked in a program with a non-traditional/inadequate set up?Any advice/thoughts would be helpful.