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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.

Ms. Judaline Swinkels
Ms. Judaline Swinkels – Music Teacher

Ms. Swinkels teaches Music to all grades at Canyon Heights and directs the Cardinal Choir. Ms. Swinkels brings over 20 years experience in music, theatrical and choral performance and over 15 years as a classroom instructor. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the California Music Educators Association and the Society for Research in Music Education. She also holds an Early Childhood Learning Montessori credential. Ms. Swinkels has performed with several choral ensembles as well as the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She has appeared on Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated recordings with the San Francisco Symphony and has toured the United Kingdom as a soloist with the Stanford University Choir.

Mrs. Tiffannie Thom
Mrs. Tiffannie Thom – Fifth Grade Teacher

Ms. Thom joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2014 after completing her Masters Degree in Education and her credential work at the University of San Francisco. She received her BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Child Development. She also facilitates our Summer Program for grades 1 – 5.

Mrs. Laura Vlad
Mrs. Laura Vlad – Pre-School Teacher

Mrs. Vlad joined Canyon Heights in 2007 as a Preschool teacher. She received her AA Degree in Child development and Psychology, from Ovidius University, Romania and then her BA from Spiru Haret University in Bucharest. She obtained Montessori certification for ages 3-6 from the American Montessori Society in 2008. She has been teaching for 14 years, 11 of them in Preschool.

Mr. Steven Vrablic
Mr. Steven Vrablic – P.E. Teacher

Mr. Vrablic joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2016 teaching Physical Education. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in History, from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Vrablic is also the Assistant Athletic Director.

Mr. Matthew Zeik
Mr. Matthew Zeik – Fourth Grade Teacher

Mr. Zeik started at Canyon Heights Academy in 2016 and became a fourth grade teacher in 2017. He previously taught at Royal Palm Academy in Florida, including 4 years in the fourth grade. He received a BA in Philosophy from the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He studied Education Administration at St. Louis University while simultaneously studying Education at Lindenwood University. In Florida, he was also Program Director at Catholic Charities for seven years, directing the organization’s Education Programs and Human Trafficking Victim Assistance outreach. Prior to teaching, he worked as a missionary for 5 years in Mexico.

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