Administration, Counseling & Support Staff


Lisa Baker - Principal (email)

Lisa Baker is honored to be the principal of Communications Arts High School!

She has earned a bachelor's degree in Business-Accounting, a master's degree in Educational Leadership, and has almost completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Her work experience includes positions as an accountant at a Fortune 500 company, a Special Education teacher, a department and campus coordinator, and an assistant principal at O'Connor H.S., and a vice principal at Alternative H.S.

Mrs. Baker's children are all Northside products. Her two oldest children graduated from O.H.S. and her youngest graduated from Taft H.S.

She is thrilled and humbled to serve the school community at C.A.H.S. The school has traditions rich in prestige and excellence. Through a growth mindset and grit, the school's successes will soar to new peaks!

Michael David Alicea - Vice Principal (email)

Michael Alicea is excited to join the Communication Arts family as the new vice principal.

He has earned a bachelor’s degree in History from St. Mary’s University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Austin.

Mr. Alicea is beginning his 20th year with the district and is also a product of Northside having attended Zachary MS and graduating from Taft HS.  He began his career at Jones MS serving as a department coordinator as well as coaching boys' sports.  Mr. Alicea was honored to be part of the opening staff of Vale MS and has also served as an assistant principal for both Alternative Middle and High Schools.

He has four children with the oldest having recently graduated from the Science and Engineering Academy and the other three all attending Northside schools.

Mr. Alicea feels that this is a homecoming of sorts being a ‘93 graduate of Taft HS.  His mission is to provide all the support, encouragement, and help possible to ensure that every student has the opportunity for success not only at Communication Arts HS but in their next steps into a larger world.     

Amanda Banda - Program Coordinator (email)

coming soon!


 Mary Skidmore - Counselor  (email – please include the student ID # when emailing)

Ms. Mary Skidmore serves students in grades 9-12 with last names beginning with letters A-K. Ms. Skidmore earned a BA in History and an MA in Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This is Ms. Skidmore’s 13th year as a counselor in NISD.

Dr. Minerva Rosales - Counselor (email – please include the student ID # when emailing)

Hello! I'm excited to be a counselor at Communication Arts HS. I am here to assist you through your high school journey. I service students with last names L-Z.

The Communication Arts HS Counseling Dept. uses a guidance program that is structured, balanced, and systematic! We provide services to our students through the implementation of the 4 components: guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system support.

 I'd like to get to know how I can better assist you and your students to a successful academic year. My Office hours are from Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 


Lonnie Montellano - College and Career Center Technician  (email

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Ms. Montellano has over 6 years experience in college readiness and financial aid. Her background is in accounting and she has also been a financial advisor for 8 years.

Her daughter, a middle school student with NISD, is her best friend. They spend their time together shopping, traveling and loving the outdoors. Ms. Montellano is thrilled to be at Communications Arts and looks forward to working with you in your pursuit of higher education! 




Donna Roberts –  Principal's Secretary, Bookkeeper  (email)


Connie Cuevas  – Attendance Secretary (email)

When emailing the Attendance Secretary, please include the student's full name, ID number, and preferred form of parent contact (phone number or return email).

The following items can be emailed to the Attendance Secretary:

  • doctor's notes
  • parent excuse notes
  • information about other people picking up a student
  • permission for a student to sign themselves out