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Community Highlights: Meet Alyssa Broome of Teacher Noire

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa Broome.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?

I started Teacher Noire because when I clicked on the hashtag #TeachersFollowTeachers I didn’t see any teachers that looked like me. I wanted to create a safe space for teachers of color to display their hard work which is often overlooked. I also wanted to share teacher advice from fellow teachers, inspiration, and something I called the #NoireNook, where I share diverse books for teachers to add to their classroom bookshelves.

As the page started to grow, I created an Etsy shop where I would add a few items here and there. Then, I got intentional and designed some enamel pins and earrings that hopefully will launch by the end of the year 2021/ Beginning of 2022. I wanted to design something that would make a statement, be fashionable, and teachers would love to receive as a gift.

I left the classroom two years ago to become a full-time mother and I document my journey of motherhood of two under two under my Moms Noire platform. There I share advice from other mothers, and the sweet and sour of my motherhood journey. It’s truly my personal diary of motherhood.

Lastly, I’m starting a paper company unlike Dunder Mifflin (haha) called xo Lemon Peonies (again, I am a big believer that you have to embrace both the sweet AND sour of life. Hence the Lemons & Peonies, as well as everything I do, I do with love “xo”). Here I don’t only design journals, I design your wildest dreams. I create both digital and physical journals/notebooks encouraging women to “Write Your Wildest Dreams”. I have seen the power of writing things down and them coming to fruition. Therefore, I wanted to create my own line of journals and paper goods. I thought it was important for other women to write their dreams down because “a vision is nothing if not written down”. So basically, I’m very busy trying to balance being a wife, mother and starting a business.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?

It has NOT been a smooth road. I was and still feel completely clueless on what to do and how to do it. I mean SEO, Ads, funnels, the list goes on. The exciting part is that it’s a journey. I am constantly learning and implementing what I have learned. Sometimes I struggle to consistently show up and be present on my platforms. As algorithms and features change, I often find myself rolling my eyes and continuing to push through. Telling myself “Just keep going!”

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?

Sure! Teacher Noire is a platform catering to educators of color. We specialize in teacher advice, diverse children’s books, and minimalistic accessories. What sets us apart from others is we truly want to see everyone win! We want to create products that teachers would love to receive. Not the typical frumpy accessories.  Something besides the basic mug…we have those too though! What I am most proud of brand-wise is the connections I’ve been able to make through the platform. I want readers to know that if they are looking for the perfect teacher gift, look no further than Teacher Noire come January 2022.

With xo Lemon Peonies, this is truly my baby. I birthed this idea, designed it, and now see it through to completion. It’s been scary and exciting at the same time. So again, if you’re looking for a way to be accountable, a form of therapy, and a place to write your wildest dreams. Xo Lemon Peonies is the place to start. You can grab our signature Lemons & Peonies notebook/journal. Our spiral notebook comes with a pocket in the front, as well as two pages of stickers to help you achieve your goals. Our Bullet journal uses a 160 GSM – premium, smooth paper, hand-selected to perfect the look and feel of the white color. Each page is crisp and smooth to the touch. Most notebooks are 80gsm paper, ours is double that thickness and super high quality! You can use any marker, pens, color pencils, paint, and any highlighters you want with our BLEED RESISTANT PAPER. As you can see, I really put time into designing my first line of journals.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?

Over the next 5-10 years, I would love to see my products in stores such as Target and Nordstrom (my favorites). Working with artists for designs for our journals and products as well. We are shifting from just an Instagram presence to being present on other platforms. Building our websites, Etsy, and being more present and intentional with and for our communities.

Contact Info:

Teacher Noire
Moms Noire
xoLemonPeonies

 

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