As a Colorado native, Ethan fell in love with the outdoors and natural sciences at a young age. By high school he was an avid fly fisherman and he knew he would need to find a way to work in field that combined his love for the outdoors, science, and other people. Ethan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado where he played for the NCAA Division II National Championship football team and was awarded the Educator Department Scholar Award. After graduating he immediately began working in public education as a high school science teacher and football coach, guiding fly-fishing trips during his summers. As a teacher Ethan was awarded the Mile High Teacher award and in 2009 was given the Jared Polis Educator award for the state of Colorado. As an educator and member of the nonprofit community, Ethan has successfully developed and launched multiple nonprofit organizations, as well as a public high school.