Bertha Vazquez

Bertha Vazquez

Bertha Vázquez has been teaching middle school science in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 31 years. A seasoned traveler who has visited all seven continents, she enjoys introducing the world of nature and science to young, eager minds. An educator with National Board Certification, she is the recipient of several national and local honors, including the 2014 Samsung’s $150,000 Solve For Tomorrow Contest and The Charles C. Bartlett National Excellence in Environmental Award in 2009. She was Miami-Dade County Public School’s Science Teacher of the Year in 1997, 2008, and 2017. Thanks to her work with TIES, she was also the 2017 winner of the National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education Award. Bertha has been the director of The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science, a project of Center for Inquiry, since 2015. In her spare time, Bertha is an avid tennis player and bashful ukulele player. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, son, and two dogs. 

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Bertha is available for presentations, conferences, and campus visits featuring On Teaching Evolution. To request an appearance, contact Alissa Booth at or 717.455.7098.