TEACHER FEATURE: Ms. Heather Ortiz


How many years have you been teaching? How many of those at OH? 

I have been teaching for 16 years, and this is my ninth year at Olympic Heights.

What courses are you teaching this year? 

AICE Marine Science

From which colleges or universities did you earn your degrees? 

B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University,  M.S. in Biology from FAU

Ms. Heather Ortiz assists junior Sachin Moosai with an AICE Marine Science assignment.

What other jobs have you held? 

Fisheries, Biologist with The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

What are your hobbies and interests? 

Hiking, backpacking, kayaking, travel, and running half marathons

What is your favorite book?  

The World is Blue by Sylvia Earle 

What is your favorite movie? 


Who are your favorite musical artists and/or acts? 

Papa Roach, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Taylor Swift

What is your favorite meal?  

French fries

What is your guilty pleasure? 


What would be your dream vacation? 

New Zealand

What is your favorite quote? 

“Life is how you change it.”