Beto Bracho was raised close to Venice Beach, California, and spent his youth exploring the nearby natural areas of Ballona Lagoon, Marsh, and Wetlands. Expanding on his interests in natural history he studied Geography/Environmental Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. Beto cultivated his laboratory research skills at UCLA's Paleoclimatology Laboratory and explored California wetlands through field research with the UC Santa Barbara's Marine Science Laboratory. Beto initiated his teaching career working with the Student Travel and Academic Research School and The Mirman School. In 2010, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area to raise a family and worked as Curriculum Developer and Public Education Specialist for the East Bay Academy for Young Scientists at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Through this organization, Beto taught environmental science research to non-dominant youth of Oakland and Richmond. Beto shares his knowledge of local natural history as a wildflower docent at Edgewood Nature Preserve. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Literacy for Environmental Justice in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. Beto is so excited and honored to join the Pinewood community as science instructor at Middle Campus.