Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaya Simmons.
Kaya, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan growing up in the late 70’s, & 80’s. I consider myself a daughter of unions. Meaning, I’ve always been keenly aware of working conditions, morale, workers rights and the importance of a fair wage. I taught school in various places: Michigan, Texas & Georgia. My latest venture was a six years teaching experience in Abu Dhabi.
During the latter part of my teaching in Abu Dhabi, I developed a plan to start a brand. I wanted this brand to recognize a few of the things closet to my heart and life experiences. As a teacher & single mother paying the bills was a constant concern. Teachers sacrifice time with their family, money of their own in order to make sure their classroom environment is at it’s best.
I created this brand to encourage teachers.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road. I’ve struggled with many aspects of being a new business owner such as marketing and work-life balance. There is no blueprint, most things are learned from trial and error.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about you and your career so far?
I am most fond of our tote bags. We offer tote bags, mugs and tumblers that mostly have inspirational messages to teachers.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the friendly nature of the people in Houston. Being born and raised in the midwest, I really miss Fall. l truly miss the colors of Fall in Michigan.
- Most of our teacher totes are about 25.00
- Our mug average is 11.00
- Website: www.myteacherish.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myteacherish/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/MyTeacherish/?ref=bookmarks