About Us
Faculty 3
Mrs. Veronica Orta
Mrs. Veronica Orta – Pre-School Teacher

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. Nastasha Pedjase
Mrs. Nastasha Pedjase – Language Arts, History and Math Teacher (Middle School)

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. Paula Rhodes
Mrs. Paula Rhodes – PE Teacher

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. Meghann Slayton
Mrs. Meghann Slayton – Third Grade

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. Mary Ann Solano
Ms. Mary Ann Solano – First Grade Teacher

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.

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Contact List

To contact one of our school administrators, please call us at: (408) 370-6727 and request their extension below.

Dr. Margaret Richardson, Head of School
ext. 203

Ms. Karen Carminati, Admissions Director
ext. 207

Fr. Anthony Sortino, Chaplain
ext. 208

Mrs. Lada Stankovic, Vice Principal - Preschool & Kindergarten - Grade 2
ext. 204

Mrs. Carla Harr, Vice Principal - Middle School, Dean of Students
ext. 254

Mrs. Kathryn Sager, Marketing and Development Director
ext. 206

Mr. K.C. Jones, IT Support Specialist
ext. 201