Karmen was born and raised in Bremerton. She's a teacher at heart, and has never wanted to do anything else. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Special and Elementary Education online after high school. She fell in love with the preschool age working with special needs preschool students in the local school district, but longed for a way to interact with kids in a more natural environment. At Barnacles and Bees, she's found it! When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, drinking lukewarm coffee (not intentionally of course), knitting, or spending time outside in the Pacific Northwest.