Riverview Academy

Riverview Academy of Math & Science is a Proud
Member of the Charter School Associates' Family of Schools


About RAMS


Campus Administrator

Chris Bertha is a career educator who is serving as Riverview Academy’s K-12 Principal. Chris was born in Edison, NJ and lived in several states during his childhood. Chris moved to Atlanta, GA for college and attended Georgia Tech where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. After graduation, Chris began his teaching career in Hilton Head, SC where he taught 7th-12th grade math and science, served as a middle school advisor, and coached volleyball, tennis, and baseball for his school.  Chris had always wanted to work with children and found joy and in his work as a professional teacher and coach.

Following his service in South Carolina, Chris moved to Japan for one year to teach English while experiencing a new culture and country.  When he returned to the US, Chris obtained a position in Atlanta, GA where he taught high school biology, chemistry, and physics, and coached the volleyball, wrestling, and tennis teams.  In his third year teaching in Atlanta, Chris was accepted to a program at Columbia University’s Teachers College to expand his abilities as an educator and advocate for young people. Following that program, Chris pursued a Master’s degree in school leadership at Columbia University.  While completing his degree, Chris also served as an assistant coach for the Columbia University Women’s Volleyball team. 

After graduate school, Chris moved to Texas to begin his service as a school administrator.  Chris believes that schools should be welcoming places where young people and adults have opportunities to thrive, and he is passionate about student-centered education and brain-based teaching and learning.  In his nine years serving as a division leader and assistant head of school, Chris has helped his communities analyze, design, and implement programs and procedures that help schools achieve their goals. As a member of the leadership team at RAMS, Chris is excited to serve alongside the dedicated faculty and staff as the campus grows into a full-service K-12 institution.

On the weekends, Chris prefers to spend time on or near the water with his wife, Nikki, and their two dogs. Though he is new to Tampa Bay, you may also see him cheering on our Tampa Bay sports teams!


Meet Our Principal

Born in Manchester, NH and raised in Florida, Marcy Ringdahl earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education at Nova Southeastern University. While working on her elementary education degree Marcy worked as a kindergarten classroom aide and learned quickly that she loved the prospect of being a teacher and helping children learn, especially working with children to improve reading skills. After graduating Marcy worked as an elementary teacher of students in grades three, four and five. During a 12 year career with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Marcy served as a Reading Specialist, Media Specialist and School Network Administrator. She was recognized as a District Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2008 and 2012.

Marcy continued her professional education earning a Master of Science in Literacy and Assessment Reading Education from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.  While serving as a classroom teacher, Marcy was asked by several education related companies to represent their products as a trainer and facilitator. Included among these companies is the nationally recognized MyOn Reader by Renaissance.

Mrs. Ringdahl’s love for education and children is evident in her daily interaction with the faculty, staff, parents and students at Riverview Academy of Math & Science, where she currently serves as Principal. She believes in leading by example and holds her students and faculty to the highest standards. Her primary goals at RAMS are to instill a love for reading and learning among the students. With the collaboration and support of faculty, staff, students and parents, Mrs. Ringdahl hopes to develop a culture and environment within Riverview Academy of Math and Science where children are challenged academically and develop emotionally to be caring and creative people.

Mrs. Ringdahl is the proud parent, with her husband of 29 years, to three grown children. Mrs. Ringdahl and her husband live in Riverview and she is honored to be selected by the governing board to serve as the school’s founding principal. Mrs. Patricia Rogers, Board Chairwoman, stated “Marcy was one of many local and national candidates considered as principal of Riverview Academy of Math and Science. Her warmth, experience and genuine commitment to the traditions of excellence established by the governing board and by Charter School Associates make her the perfect principal to launch the new school. We expect Marcy will be loved by all just as she is loved now”.


The mission of Riverview Academy of Math & Science is to provide students with a well-rounded elementary and middle-school education, through a challenging program, focused on mathematics and science using innovative, reform-based instructional methods in a stimulating and nurturing environment that fosters maximum student achievement.


Riverview Academy of Math and Science is a Cognia accredited educational institution. Accreditation through Cognia indicates that Riverview Academy of Math and Science has met rigorous, research- based standards of  educational excellence to ensure the education program offered at Riverview Academy of Math and Science meets the needs of learners through proficiency in Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity. Using these standards, Riverview Academy of Math and Science targets areas in each domain for continuous improvement in creating student success.