Benjamin Ibarra

Dear Parents:

I am excited to be the principal of the Dr. Archie L. Blanson Career & Technical Education High School and lead students in 21st Century learning. I am passionate about preparing students with skills to be a critical thinker, problem solver and life-long learner. The CTE High School will offer a unique learning setting, curriculum and 17 career paths to foster these skills. Parents, I look forward to working in a partnership with you for your student’s success.


I began my career in education as a high school social studies teacher at Eisenhower High School. I taught for nine years and then served as an assistant principal for nine years at the middle school, ninth grade school and high school levels in AISD. I then served as a middle school principal for 3 years and principal of Eisenhower High School for the past 7 years. I have 28 years of experience all in AISD and am also a proud graduate of this district.

Stephen Heady
Assistant Principal

I have twenty-five years of experience as an educator in Aldine ISD. My first teaching assignment was at Grantham Middle School as a science teacher. I then moved to open Aldine Ninth Grade School as science department chair and teacher. After this, I taught science at Aldine High School and served as science department chair and skills specialist. I became an assistant principal at Aldine High School in 2012 and moved to Nimitz Ninth Grade School to serve as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction in 2014.

I am excited that Aldine ISD has created Career and Technical High School as a unique learning experience for students. Students will benefit from quality instruction, hands-on training, certifications, and college credit. The community and students will both benefit as a well-qualified work force is prepared to meet the demands of an ever-changing, highly demanding work environment.

Kathyanne Sheffield
Assistant Principal

I have twelve years of experience as an educator, with eight of those in Aldine ISD.  My career in education has taken me all over the state, including central Texas, Dallas, and Houston.  As an educator, I have served as a classroom teacher, virtual school instructor, curriculum writer, and department chair.

I am overjoyed to be a Blanson Jaguar and even more excited about the boundless opportunities that await our students through their programs of study.  Blanson Jaguars are the standard! #BlansonBred, #BlansonReady.

Roma Guerra
Assistant Principal

This is my 15th year of experience as an educator in Aldine ISD. Five of those years have been as an administrator. I’m also a proud graduate of Aldine Senior High School and have attended Aldine ISD schools from Pre-K through 12th grade. I attended and graduated from the University of Houston. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of a school that will provide students with work force experiences.

Joshua Van Donsel
Assistant Principal

This is my fifteenth year in education, and all have been spent in Aldine ISD. I am from Minnesota, and I moved to Houston because of the opportunities that this area provides. I have taught several social studies classes during my time as an educator. I received my under graduate degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. I received my master’s degree in administration from Lamar University.

I am so happy to be part of the Blanson CTE team! I am looking forward to supporting our students as they continue down their programs of study. I truly support our campus goal to provide students with all the support they need in order to be career and college ready.

Deloris Golden
Lead Counselor

I have twenty-three years of experience as an educator in Aldine ISD. My first teaching assignment was at Teague Middle School as a resource math teacher. I then moved to Aldine Ninth/Eisenhower Ninth Grade School as the Special Education Counselor. After this, I moved to the GAP Center as Special Education Counselor for seven years. I spent eleven years at Eisenhower High School, the last seven years was as the Lead Counselor.

I am excited about the opportunity to be Lead Counselor at Dr. Archie L. Blanson Career & Technical Education School. Students will be provided with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in careers. I look forward to assisting with the graduation of each student attending our school.

Lourdes Perez
Guidance Counselor

I have 26 years of experience as an educator, the last 4 years being at Aldine ISD – Eisenhower High School. During this period of time I have served as a teacher of several subject areas, as mentor, department chair, and as a counselor. I have had the privilege of working with great principals and wonderful seasoned and novice educators who have made my job a true pleasure. I graduated from UT Pan American and from Lamar University.

I am thrilled with the opportunity to be part of the staff of such a unique campus as Blanson CTE HS, which is equipped to offer our students all the tools necessary for preparedness in a variety of post-secondary options. As part of the counselor team, I look forward to working in guiding all our Blanson jaguars to success.

Rhonda Williams
Guidance Counselor

This is my 15th year in as an educator with all 15 years in Aldine ISD. I am a graduate of Iowa State University and Sam Houston State University. I was first introduced to Aldine as a student teacher. I soon became a full time teacher at Nimitz High School where I taught social studies for 6 years. In 2010 I transitioned to counselor at Parker Intermediate School. I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the Blanson CTE High School family. Blanson students have the opportunity to gain hands-on training in their program of study, earn industry certification, and earn workforce and/or college credit all in a state of the art educational setting.

LaBryant Benjamin
Guidance Counselor

I am a native Houstonian that has over 18 years of experience in the field of education.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications RATV with a minor in Integrated Political and Social Sciences along with my Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Throughout my career, I have been an academic advisor at Prairie View A&M University, a teacher and guidance counselor in Alief ISD at Hastings Ninth Grade Center and Elsik High School, and a school counselor for eleven years at South Houston High School in Pasadena ISD.  I have enjoyed every position and always found ways to help, motivate, inspire and challenge students to be the best they can be.

I am excited about the opportunity to join the staff of Blanson CTE High School as a counselor.  I am a firm believer in preparing students for real world experiences in a nurturing environment; and Blanson CTE is at the forefront in preparing and educating students following a career focused-education model.

Wanda Ardoin-Bailey
Coordinator of Campus & Student Initiatives

I have been in this wonder field of education for 26 years as a mentor, department chair, dance coach, senior project coordinator, DECA, FBLA, and BPA sponsor,  business teacher, and marketing teacher. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education at McNeese State University, Masters in Education at Belhaven University, and a Specialist in Education Technology at Walden University. This is my fifth year as an educator in Aldine ISD. I have had the privilege of working at MacArthur Ninth Grade during my first four years.

Becoming a team member at Blanson CTE as heightened my love for working with students. Being part of a school that “produces career and college ready citizens equipped to respond to the global workforce demand” has been my journey since my first day as an educator. Assisting students in realizing their passion for certain careers and acquiring local business partners that allow us to provide expanded resources and greater access and exposure to industry training and needs is a dream job.