Only certified TM teachers can provide instruction in the authentic Transcendental Meditation technique.
In the U.S., the certification of TM teachers is available exclusively from Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Certified TM teachers have successfully completed an intensive 5-month in-residence Teacher Training Course, and they maintain their certification through ongoing professional courses for TM teachers.
Karen Bandy is co-chair of the Jacksonville TM Center. She learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1973 and became a TM teacher in 1977. In Washington DC she co-directed a school-based program where faculty, staff, and students learned the TM technique and practiced together regularly. She also taught the technique at a university hospital as part of a major NIH-funded study on the effects of the TM technique on hypertension. In addition, Karen worked as a technology analyst, science writer, and entrepreneur in the Washington DC area. She has a BA from University of Wisconsin and an MS from George Washington University.
Herb Bandy is the co-chair of the Jacksonville TM Center. He worked for over 30 years as a research engineer at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) near Washington DC, developing systems to advance the state of the art in manufacturing technology. But the technology that he finds most fascinating is the technology of consciousness with its practical application, the Transcendental Meditation technique. Herb learned the TM technique in 1976 and became a TM teacher in 1984. Herb, who earned an engineering degree from Howard University and graduate work at University of Pennsylvania, has specialized in training scientists, engineers, and educators to practice the TM technique.