About Us
Faculty 2
Mrs. Cathy Sun Laranang
Mrs. Cathy Sun Laranang – Pre-School Teacher

Mrs. Laranang, affectionately known as Mrs. Cathy, joined Canyon Heights in 2003 and teaches Preschool. She received a business degree from Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China. Seeking a career change, she received her MA in Early Childhood Education from St. Mary’s College and Early Childhood Montessori certification from American Montessori Association.

Miss Hallie McKnight
Miss Hallie McKnight – Art Teacher

Miss McKnight is the art teacher for all grades. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both studio art and English from Santa Clara University. She has been featured in galleries and juried shows throughout Northern California, most notably winning an Award of Merit in the 2015 California State Fair fine arts competition, long considered one of the most prestigious art competitions in the state.

Br. Joseph Mernagh
Br. Joseph Mernagh – Formation Instructor

Br. Joseph joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2016 at the mid-point of his studies to become a priest. He received a BA in Philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome and is currently working on an MA in Humanities. Br. Joseph helps in the Middle School Latin and Math programs and runs the Middle School Math Club.

Mrs. Nicole Mezzetta
Mrs. Nicole Mezzetta – Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Mezzetta had 10 years experience teaching before joining Canyon Heights in 2013 as teacher for Second Grade girls. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential from San Jose State University and a BA in Sociology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. Mrs. Mezzetta enjoys preparing her class for their First Holy Communion.

Br. Tamson Nguyen
Br. Tamson Nguyen – Formation Instructor

Br Tamson joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2015 at the mid-point of his studies to become a priest. He received a BA in Philosophy from Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

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