Meet the Faculty/Staff

Haywood High School
1175 East College Street
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: 731-772-1845

Latonya Jackson

Haywood High Principal

Mrs. Latonya Jackson will be principal at Haywood High School at the start of the spring 2018 semester.  She is a graduate of Dyersburg State Community College and the University of Memphis with a degree in elementary education. She holds a Master’s Degree with a focus on School Counseling from the University of West Alabama, and she has graduated with a Master’s Degree in educational leadership through Trevecca Nazarene University.

A native of Lauderdale County and a Ripley High School graduate, Mrs. Jackson has taught seventh-grade English and science in Tipton County. She also served as a school counselor for Brighton Middle School.  In spring 2010, Mrs. Jackson joined Ripley Middle School as an assistant principal, and she became the principal at Ripley Middle School in summer 2010.  An experienced school leader, Mrs. Jackson will bring a strong focus to instruction at HHS while maintaining a safe learning environment through fair and consistent procedures.  She will be the right leader to move HHS to an increased level of performance for staff and students.

Alex Aitken

Haywood High Assistant Principal

Mr. Alex Aitken has joined the Haywood High School’s administrative team, serving as assistant principal. He has devoted five years to the educational success of students at the collegiate level at the University of Memphis and Dyersburg State Community College. Before arriving at HHS, Mr. Aitken served at Munford High School. In these positions, he has been a team leader in addressing Biology standards, pedagogical strategies, and rigor inside the classroom. His passion for student success and desire to experience and understand the world through the lens of science reasoning has had a positive impact on student achievement. His current focus is on supporting teachers and students via the continued development towards life-long learning. His passion for students and teachers, growth mindset, ability to research and problem-solve will serve Haywood High School well.

Mr. Aitken received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Memphis and a Master of Science in Biology from The University of Memphis. He completed the University of Memphis Leadership Scholars Program where he received his Ed.S. in Education with a concentration in Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Memphis.

steve hookfin

Haywood High Assistant Principal, Head Football Coach

Mr. Steve Hookfin will be assistant principal at Haywood High School at the start of the spring 2018 semester.  Coach Hookfin has been the HHS football coach and wellness teacher since spring 2015.  Prior to HHS, he served students in Jackson-Madison County at Liberty and Jackson Central-Merry respectively.  Coach Hookfin also has coaching experience at the collegiate level at Bethel University. Hookfin received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and his master of arts from Bethel University.

Coach Hookfin has a passion for coaching and mentoring our students. He also has a great work ethic that will definitely contribute to the future success of Haywood High School. Coach Hookfin will remain head coach of the Haywood Tomcats football team.

Lena Thomas-Moore

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Lena Thomas-Moore has joined the Haywood High School’s administrative team, serving as assistant principal. She has devoted several years to the educational success of students as an English Language Arts teacher and a Writing/Instructional Coach. In these positions, she has been an integral part of unpacking new standards and implementing new curricula. Her commitment to student success and advocacy for supporting all students, families, and staff has had a positive impact on student achievement. Her focus on writing and literacy in her current position has helped to develop and implement instructional strategies that have assisted the county with improving writing and literacy across the district. Her demonstrated ability to be a leader and interact collaboratively with others, her approach to problem solving and decision-making, along with her dedication and commitment, will serve Haywood High School well.

Mrs. Thomas-Moore received her Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Memphis and a Master of Art in Leadership from The University of Memphis. Currently, she is working on her Ed.S. in Leadership from Lipscomb University.

Paige Ferguson

Instructional Facilitator

Mrs. Paige Ferguson is serving as Assistant Principal at Haywood High School. She has been in the education field for 28 years. Her experience spans High School, Middle School, and Elementary.  She has worked as assistant principal at Haywood High School for the past several years. Although fairly new to Haywood County Schools, she has lived in the area (just across the county line) for 30 years. Mrs. Ferguson received her degrees from Lambuth University and has hours above from Cumberland University.

She comes from a long line of educators … father, mother, sister, daughter, aunts, uncles, and several cousins … you could say it is the “family business.”  She is married to Mark “Buddy” Ferguson, who is a retired Battalion Chief of the Jackson City Fire Department, and now works for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Mrs. Ferguson has two daughters/son-in-laws and three precious grandchildren.

Grace Fergie

Testing Coordinator

Mrs. Grace Fergie has joined the HHS Administration team as the Testing Coordinator. Grace is a native of Brownsville and a Haywood High School graduate. She continued her education at the University of TN of Martin where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She then went on to complete her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Bethel University and is currently working towards her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership degree from Lipscomb University. Grace has been with Haywood County Schools for seven years and is excited to continue her career at Haywood High School. She and her family reside in Haywood County and are all lifelong Tomcats. Her passion for the community and students of Haywood County Schools is evident in her work and will encourage all students to be successful.


Latonya Jackson,  Principal

Alex Aitken, Assistant Principal

Steve Hookfin, Assistant Principal

Lena Thomas-Moore, Assistant Principal

Paige Ferguson, Instructor Facilitator

Grace Fergie, Testing Coordinator

Vicki Deberry, School Counselor

Allison Keathley, School Counselor

Doris Leavy, School Counselor

Shanell Moore, Secretary – School Counselors

Lane Gillespie, Data Clerk

Jordan Clagg, Secretary

Jean Lein, Secretary – CTE

Karen German, Bookkeeper – HHS/CTE

Rebecca Sanders, Data Clerk SPED


Patrick Black, Criminal Justice

Patrice Boyd, English

Allyson Byrum, Audio/Visual

Emily Carpenter, Drama

Frank Chapman, Physical Science

Holly Chilcutt, English

Callie Coates, Agriculture

Datris Cobb, Show Choir, General Music

Patsy Cobb, Math

Erika Coomer, English

Cynthia Cresap, Health Science

John Cunningham, Physical Science

Maj. Delois Dailey, JROTC

James Daniels, Math

Calvin Davis, English

Julie Davis, Marketing

Jackie Deming, Spanish

Jackie Dillingham, 12th Grade Inclusion

Chris Eubanks, Math

Andre Flowers, Business

Jennifer Friedman, Art

Tyanne Greene, 11th Grade Inclusion

Elisabeth Guth, English

Catherine Hamilton, P.E.

Leigh Hay, TSW Case Manager

Tim Hayes, Culinary Arts

Sara Haynes, Family and Consumer Sciences

Brad Henry, Math

Tyrone Hines. 9th Grade Inclusion

Brian Ivey, Science

Randy Jetton, History

Sarita Johnson, Math

Zandra Jones, Math

John Joyner, Agriculture

Richard Kemper, History

Laurinda Lamb, Business

Carolyn Logan, CDC

Suzanna Martinez, English

Rick Mason, History

Terry McMillan, History

Skipper Moss, Electrical I & II

Donald Nickey, Business Teacher

Josh Pardue, Economics

Sgt. John Parker, JROTC

Dumanic Patterson, Band

Beth Powell, CDC

Luis Rosales, Spanish

Rachel Savage, Geometry

Shandi Sheets, English

Oliver Simmons, P.E. and Basketball

Kierra Smith, Algebra I

Kelly South, English

Col. Myron Stamps, JROTC Director

Hattie Starks, 10th Grade Inclusion

Brandlin Turner, Health Science

Dave Vaultonburg, Biology

Tanesha Walker, Math

Hannah Wakefield, ESL

John Wilson, P.E. and Wellness

Lee Wilson, History

Educational Assistants

Humberto Aguilar – CDC
Quanita Blair –
Jo Ann Bobbit – Inclusion –
Mary Bufford – CDC –
Rodney Chatman – PA –
Andrea Gaters – PA –
Beverly Greer – CDC –
Tyrone Hines – TSW –
Bridgett Leake – EA –
David Merriweather –
Augustine Morton –
Calondria Powell, TSW –
Desiree Russell, PA –
Alex Whitwell, TSW –
Priscilla Woodland –

Nutritional Personnel

Cynthia Turner, Manager
Kathy Waddell, Assistant Manager
Mary Beshires, staff
Loretta Clark, staff
Phyllis Jeter, staff
Danny Maddox, staff
Deborah Newbern, staff
Jackie Stockings, staff
Rhysalle Tyus, staff