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About Teacher Misery


Founder of Teacher Misery, Jane Morris, with her two daughters.

Jane Morris is my pen name, and my real name is Lauren. I grew up on Long Island, New York. I did stand-up comedy in college while I pursued my teaching and English degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

After that, I moved to the D.C. metropolitan area to start my teaching career. I taught high school English – all grades and levels. I always had a knack for relating to teen angst more than most people could, but as soon as I started teaching, I knew there was no way I could do it long-term without becoming sick or crazy. Or both.

I needed an outlet for all of the nonsense I experienced every day, so I started venting on social media. My following on Instagram grew very quickly as it became a place where teachers could feel relief that someone was telling it as it really was and connect with others who were experiencing the same misery. Along the way, I got my Master’s Degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and started to write about my teaching experiences.

I self-published three books…

…and they are all BESTSELLERS!

I also published two hilarious coffee table books:

I have always been completely authentic about how my day went, what I was feeling, what I found funny or crazy or awful, etc. If I sat in my car in tears at the end of the day, wondering if I could be a teacher for even one more day, I posted about it.

A photo of Clover Bean, Jane Morrison's extremely cute dog.

The support and encouragement my audience gave me for truth-telling was huge. It allowed me to continue teaching for 17 years, whereas if I didn’t have the outlet and supportive community I created, I probably would have quit in my first five years, as many teachers do.

I recently left teaching after being diagnosed with PTSD. This led me to open an online store so I could sell funny little reminders for teachers that they are not alone in the madness and frustration they experience! I have two young daughters, and a scrappy puppy named Clover Bean McCloverson.

The Team

Teacher Misery is made up of a team of current and former teachers who are here to make your teaching experience a little less sucky (or at least help you smile and feel less alone).

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Jane Morris

Jane Morris is the pen name of an ex-teacher who would really like to tell you more about herself but is worried awful administrators will come after her for spilling their dirty little secrets. Jane has taught English for over 15 years in a major American city. She received her B.A. in English and Secondary Education from a well-known university and her M.A. in Writing and Literature from an even fancier (and more expensive) university. As a professional queen of commiseration turned published author, Jane’s foremost passion in life is to make people laugh through the tears.

She has written several highly acclaimed books unpacking the reality of teaching and life inside the school system. You can view her full library of works here.