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 – Middle School Teacher

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. Meghann Slayton
Mrs. Meghann Slayton – Third Grade Teacher

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

Ms. Melissa Ma, Business Manager
ext. 202

Fr. Anthony Sortino, Chaplain
ext. 208

Mrs. Lada Stankovic, Director - Early Montessori, Preschool & Kindergarten
ext. 204

Ms. Carla Yanez, Vice Principal - Middle School; Director - After School Programs
ext. 254

Mrs. Estela Zeik, Vice Principal - Lower School

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

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