Cort Felts began his career in education in the 1990s as a Backcountry Trails Supervisor in Yellowstone National Park where he taught work skills, wilderness travel/camping skills and the natural history of Yellowstone to his crew members and volunteer work groups, including court-adjudicated youth rehabilitation programs. After 12 years in the woods, he worked for environmental and social justice non-profits. He's lived in several western states including Colorado, Montana, Arizona, and Wyoming. After earning a MA in History, he moved to New Mexico where he obtained his secondary teaching license with endorsements in Social Studies, English Language Arts, and TESOL.
Cort's first job in a corrections setting was at Foothill High School, CYFD’s school for juvenile felons. He also worked as an educator at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe. Cort was the social studies department at Cesar Chavez Community School, then taught US History and American Literature at South Valley Academy. When he’s not teaching he reads, writes, walks and hikes.