Karen McCaffery holds a B.S. in Psychology from SUNY Oswego. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, working in forestry and environmental education. She returned to NY to study agroecosystem science at Cornell University where she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. Field research took her to the Brazilian Amazon where she studied agroforestry. She fell in love with Montessori Philosophy in 2003 when she became a mother. She earned her Early Childhood Certification in 2007 while working at Cayuga Heights Montessori House. She completed her Upper Elementary Training through the College for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in 2013. She loves ethnobotany, ecosystem science, exploring nature, Yoga, swimming, and the sport of triathlon. She joined the EACMSI community in 2012 along with her sons, Sean (2003) and Brian (2005).