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.

Mr. Tho Pham
Mr. Tho Pham – Middle School Teacher

Mr. Pham joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2017. Prior to joining Canyon Heights Academy, he taught math at a private school in Milpitas. Mr. Pham received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Phoenix and a Master’s Degree with an emphasis in Management Information Technology from National University.

Mrs. Mayren Sanchez
Mrs. Mayren Sanchez – Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Sanchez is the Spanish teacher for grades K-5. Born and raised in Mexico City, her family recently moved to the US. By learning English as a second language, she has learned many techniques and procedures for learning a second language which she can implement with students as they learn their second language. Mrs. Sanchez received an MA in Liberal Studies and a Juris Doctorate from the Universidad Anahuac. After graduation, she practiced corporate law in Mexico City for many years before starting a family and moving to the United States.

Mrs. Rachele Schoellhammer
Mrs. Rachele Schoellhammer – Middle School Teacher

Mrs. Schoellhammer joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2015. She previously served as Youth Minister and Confirmation Coordinator while also teaching Middle School religion for the Diocese. Mrs. Schoellhammer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education at Sonoma State University. She also received a MA in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado.

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.

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