After completing her dance education in the RAD syllabus Karen commenced teaching with Janette Dunn and later Sandra Haddow where she gained a Teaching Certificate from the BBO.
She successfully established and ran her own school in the Newcastle area for 18 years.
During this time her students were successfully entered in examinations in both Ballet and Tap up to and including Solo Seal which is the highest Classical Ballet examination level attainable.
Miss Karen's students also participated successfully in local eisteddfods with many gaining 1st places. Students have also represented their schools as featured dancers in both Starstruck and the School Spectacular in Sydney. One of Miss Karen’s students made it to the top 20 in 2010 So You Think You Can Dance.