Alysha Kaye on Teaching and Writing: Taking My Own Advice



Alysha Kaye  The Waiting Room

 Alysha Kaye was born in San Marcos, Texas, where she also earned her BA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She worked in marketing for a brief and terrible cubicle-soul-sucking time until she was accepted into Teach for America and promptly moved to Oahu. She taught 7th grade English in Aiea for two years and also earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin and tries to squeeze in as much writing as possible between lesson planning. She dreamed about “The Waiting Room” and that became her first novel, which was recently published. 

Yes, I am crazy enough to try to teach writing at same time as trying to BE a writer. It’s not always the best of times…but luckily, I’m not in this boat alone. I’ve connected with so many other (usually English) teachers who have published, are working on publishing, or…

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About Alysha Kaye Mendez

Author of THE WAITING ROOM, available now on Amazon! 9th grade English teacher, tirelessly trying to save the future from their/they're/there catastrophes (it could be ugly). Teaching writing and being a writer at the same time is harder than it sounds. New goal=be both, better.

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  1. Alysha… you mentioned in a comment that you might like to have “The Artistic Christian” provide a review for your new book. I would love to help with this!

    For information on how to get your book or album reviewed, just check out my page entitled “Get a Review”:

    As a former school teacher myself, I love that you’re teaching as well as writing.

    Thanks, and best of luck to you!

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