Beth Ortiz is responsible for a number of the Space Foundation's education programs, including field trips to the Discovery Center, Space in the Community outreach and integrating language arts and literature into Space Foundation lessons.

Previously, Ortiz taught for 10 years, including two years overseas. Most recently, she taught 5th grade in Colorado Springs, teaching math, language arts, science, history and writing, and where she often enhanced the curriculum with challenging activities. Ortiz earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul.