Karmen was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley and grew up on an apple and apricot orchard. She has deep roots in the mountains and forests of the Eastern Cascades. She received an Associate of Arts and Science Degree, with special attention on creative writing, art, and biology. She believes when a child's curiosity is fostered, and nurtured it has the power to create momentum not only to grow, but to thrive! She believes ever child has a gift, and wants to help bring that out. In her free time you can spot her climbing rocks, hiking mountains, playing her guitar, reading, or even napping in a tree!