Tim Crowley was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area, and graduated with degrees in Spanish and International Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Vermont in 1985, having discovered this beautiful state on a fishing trip through New England. Shortly after his arrival, he and a friend built what is now the Rochester Cafe. His next adventure was in the education world. He taught for 5 years, earned a Masters Degree at Castleton State University, and became principal of the Stockbridge School, the Braintree School, and then the Barre Town School where he served for 23 years.