Tom was born and raised in San Francisco CA. As a young teen, he was familiarizing himself with nature and wildlife. For the past 20 years he has been hiking and biking and Arches, Canyonlands, and Yellowstone National Park’s to pick just a few. Throughout his many years of experience with the great outdoors, he has acquired a perspective and technique in teaching that fuels his love for this profession. Tom graduated from San Jose university with a degree in biology.