Mrs. Lizzie Soares – Middle School Teacher
Mrs. Soares joined Canyon Heights Academy as the Resource Specialist in 2018. She previously taught English at the secondary level for 11 years in public education, gaining an array of experience in supporting students with varied needs. Mrs. Soares was born and raised in San Jose and proudly attended San Jose State University earning a BA in English, an MA in English and Comparative Literature, as well as her Teaching Credential.
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 – Music Teacher
Ms. Swinkels teaches Music to all grades at Canyon Heights and directs the Cardinal Honors 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.
Mr. Steven Vrablic – Athletic Director – 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 Athletic Director.
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.