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!