Leadership Staff


    Phil Kempson | Principal 

    Mr. Kempson joined Howe High School in 2019, as the High School Principal. He has 23 years of educational experience. Mr. Kempson most recently was an assistant principal at Denison High School for 5 years. He has served various other roles in the education profession including, teacher, athletic director, UIL academic coordinator, campus testing coordinator, and has coached 18 of those 23 years. He has also served at Quinlan-Ford for 6 years, Whitewright for 7 years, and Boles for 5 years.

    Mr. Kempson and his wife of 13 years Kelli have 2 daughters and they are members of Sherman Bible Church. Mr. Kempson would like for all students at Howe High School to reach their full potential academically, find an extra-curricular activity to be involved in and take pride in their school and community.



    Andrew Cellars | Assistant Principal 

    Andy Cellars is entering his 24th year in education. Mr. Cellars served as a coach and English teacher for 12 years mostly in Ennis and McKinney. As a football coach , he was blessed to be a part of a very successful program and eventually was a coach on 2 State Championship teams. He then moved in to administration in Anna ISD as an assistant principal, and became the high school principal after three years.  Mr. Cellars has recently worked in Melissa ISD before coming to Howe High School as an assistant principal. Mr. Cellars received his B.S. degree from Stephen F. Austin and his M.Ed. from Dallas Baptist University. He received his Superintendent certification through Lamar University.  His wife Malissa is a Special Education teacher in Anna ISD. Mr. Cellars has 3 children and a grand-daughter on the way. He is excited about being able to bring his years of experience to the Howe High School administrative staff!