Mrs. Vui Nguyen – Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Nguyen joined Canyon Heights Academy in 2018 as a Preschool teacher. She has previous preschool teaching experiencing having taught for 5 years in Milpitas. Mrs. Nguyen received a BA in Early Childhood Development from Sacramento State University and absolutely enjoys working with young children.
Mrs. Veronica Orta – Preschool 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.
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.
Ms. Katie Pieplow – Fifth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Pieplow joined Canyon Heights in 2018. She previously taught for 7 years in the Diocese of San Jose in grades 1st, 3rd and Jr High. Mrs. Pieplow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She cleared her credential through Santa Clara University and is currently working towards her Masters in Educational Leadership.
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 – 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 – 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 a Masters in Educational Administration from Walden University.