About Us
Mrs. Lupita Alvarez
Mrs. Lupita Alvarez – Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Alvarez teaches our youngest students in the Early Montessori program. Mrs. Alvarez also teaches a “Manners Class” to 8th Grade. She graduated from the Instituto Claret in Guadalajara, Mexico and also holds a Certificate in Child Development from De Anza Community College. She joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2009.

Ms. Karen Carminati
Ms. Karen Carminati – Early Montessori Teacher

Ms. Carminati joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2006. She has held several positions including Office Manager and Director of Admissions and will now be joining the Early Montessori program as a teacher. She holds a B.A. in Kinesiology from UCLA and earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree at Chapman College/Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. After working in the physical therapy field for many years, she moved into the area of education. After working in rehabilitation and acute settings, she moved back to the Bay Area. In addition, Ms. Carminati assists with our students in the Atrium.

Ms. Tanya D’Silva – Middle School Teacher

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Mrs. Marija Fisher
Mrs. Marija Fisher – Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Fisher joined Canyon Heights Academy as a co-teacher in Preschool and then became the Kindergarten teacher as well as the Extended Day Care teacher. This is her 12th year as Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Fisher received a BS from the University of California Santa Cruz and holds a Montessori teaching credential.

Miss Maryjacqueline Fox – Early Montessori Teacher

Miss Fox joined the Canyon Heights community as the Early Montessori Teacher in April 2017. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio with a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and completed her AMI Toddler Montessori education degree in 2017 from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis. Prior to teaching at Canyon Heights, she worked for almost two years as a preschool assistant teacher at a Catholic Montessori school in Washington, D.C. She has lived all of her life on the East Coast, and is happy to be in beautiful San Jose while working at such a great Catholic school!

Ms. DeLeys Hamm
Ms. DeLeys Hamm – Middle School Teacher

Ms. Hamm has taught high school Chemistry and Honors Chemistry at a private high school before joining CHA in 2016. She has also served as a Campus Ministry Associate and an Extended Care teacher. Currently, Ms. Hamm teaches science to students in grades 6-8 and she provides enrichment in science to students in grades 1-5. She has studied Health Science at Saint Mary’s College of California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She has also studied Education at the University of San Francisco and has earned a Master of Arts in Teaching.

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

Mrs. Tiffannie Thom, Admissions Director
ext. TBD

Ms. Melissa Ma, Business Manager
ext. 202

Fr. Timothy Lyons, Chaplain
ext. TBD

Fr. Anthony Sortino, Assistant Chaplain
ext. 208

Fr. Justin Kielhorn, Assistant Chaplain
ext. TBD

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

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ext. 201