Karen is an educator, having taught in schools, colleges and running a prison education department, as well as working with industry to foster education business partnerships. Nowadays, in addition to tourist guiding, she works as private tutor and is an Examiner/ Moderator for two national Examination Boards.
Born in the Harz Mountains of Germany, daughter of a German mother and American father, she is fully bilingual, although her North German accent betrays a childhood spent in East Friesland (Ostfriesland). Educated in Britain, she has BSc in Geology and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Science and Outdoor Education which contribute to her wide-ranging understanding of landscape and the natural world.
Now settled in a Victorian seaside town in Kent, close to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Canterbury, Karen uses her skills to tell visiting students and tourists the fascinating stories of the area. Keen gardener and member of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society), she particularly enjoys guiding visitors round some of the world-famous gardens in the region.
As well as tending her garden on the difficult clays of the Thames Estuary, Karen loves to walk her Basset Hound and sings in a local choir.