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Leadership Team

Interim Principal

Reese Briggs

Reese Briggs

Reese Briggs began his teaching and coaching career in Midlothian, Texas, after
graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1987. After three years, he
arrived in Splendora, where he enjoyed teaching and coaching at the high school for the
next seven years. Reese left Splendora in 1997 for the Deweyville Pirates, where he
served as athletic director and head football coach. Reese returned to Splendora in 1999
to teach and coach and received his Master's Degree in Education Mid-Management from
Stephen F. Austin State University. His first experience in administration came in 2004 as
an assistant principal while also leading the Wildcat football program. He finished his
teaching and coaching career in Humble ISD as part of the first staff to open Atascocita
High School in 2006 through 2009.

The lure of administration called, and he journeyed to Cleveland ISD, serving as assistant
principal for the 2009-2010 school year and then principal at Cleveland Middle School
through 2012. While in Cleveland, he pursued and received his Superintendent
Certification from Lamar University. He then moved on to Kountze ISD as Assistant
Superintendent and then into the Superintendent position in January 2013. Hemphill ISD
hired him as Superintendent in the summer of 2014. Reese led HISD for eight years
before retiring in June of 2022. Since retiring, he has served as Interim Superintendent for
Evadale ISD and as an educational consultant for an architectural firm.

Reese grew up in the southeast Texas town of Bridge City and graduated from Bridge
City High School. He met his wife of 39 years, Mary Ann, also an educator, in nearby
Port Arthur. They have two daughters, Emily, a Wildcat graduate, and Sara, a foster son,
Ashton, and a son-in-law, Quenton.

Assistant Principal

Harrison Gillaspy

Harrison Gillaspy

Harrison Gillaspy  began his career  in education working as an elementary Physical Education teacher in Fort Worth ISD. He then transitioned to the Houston area and became a secondary PE teacher and football coach in New Caney ISD. After three years in New Caney, he came to Splendora ISD and taught Social Studies at Splendora Junior High. He then took a role in Splendora as the After School Activities Coordinator where he created a district-wide after school program from the ground up.  

Mr. Gillaspy attended Texas Christian University (TCU) where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Physical Education. While at TCU, he was a member of the football team and played the positions of fullback and linebacker. He graduated from TCU in 2017. He completed his Masters of Educational Administration from Lamar University in June of 2023.

Mr. Gillaspy and his wife have one daughter who was born this past April. He and his family enjoy volunteering at their church, going for walks, and hanging out with family.

Instructional Coaches


Deborah Black