Karen Taylor grew up in Fairport and attended MCC (where she earned her Associate's Degree in Liberal Studies), the University at Buffalo, and Nazareth College (where she earned earned her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Art Education), before attending SUNY Brockport in the mid-1990's. The majority of her classes were on SUNY Brockport's downtown campus. Here she earned her Master's Degree in Counseling and Teaching Children with Special Needs. Taylor has worked throughout her life in several different fields of education, running multiple daycares, substitute teaching, and tutoring. As of 2019, she still tutors.