Mrs. Orta joined Canyon Heights in 2006 after receiving her Montessori teaching credential. She believes children need an environment that provides not only love but gives them the freedom to develop consistency, order, concentration and coordination skills, especially during the formative years.
Mrs. Pedjase completed her teaching credential at York University and moved to the United States from Ontario, Canada. She received a BA in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, along with a double minor in History and Legal Studies. Mrs. Pedjase, a rugby player herself, also has experience coaching volleyball, cross country and rugby. She joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2015 and teaches 7th grade Language Arts and Middle School PE. She also facilitates our Leadership in Action and Study Skills classes.
Mrs. Rhodes teaches PE to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. She has extensive experience creating developmentally appropriate curriculum for camps and sports programs for school-aged children as well as implementing curriculum across various age groups. She holds a National coaching license from US Soccer, is a member of the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaching Association of America) and has received numerous Coach of the Year awards in AYSO and CYSA programs. She graduated with a BA in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento.
Mrs. Slayton joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2012 after teaching 10 years of elementary school. Since joining Canyon Heights, she has taught second, third and fifth grade. Mrs. Slayton received her BA and teaching credential from Chico State University and is currently working on her Masters degree in Education Administration.
Ms. Solano received a Masters degree in Education from San Jose State University. She has previously worked as a catechist for deaf and hearing-impaired children within the Diocese. She joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2007 and teaches first grade.