Meet the Faculty/Staff


Drayton Hawkins, SHILC DirectorDrayton Hawkins web

Drayton Hawkins is the Director of Sunny Hill Innovative Learning Center. He has been employed by the Haywood County School System nearly 20 years. Born in Brownsville, he grew up in Ripley and graduated from Ripley High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tennessee State University. He attended the University of Memphis graduate school for his teacher certification and graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Hawkins taught seventh-grade literature and writing, computer and language arts for eight years at HMS and coached volleyball, softball and basketball. He served as Assistant Principal at Anderson and Sunny Hill, then Principal at Ripley Primary School. Mr. Hawkins also served as Assistant Principal at Haywood High School before taking the Director position at Sunny Hill. He was formerly the athletic director at HHS and HMS. His two sons attend Haywood County Schools and his wife works at HMS.

Stephen May, Graduation CoachStephen May web

Stephen May is the Graduation Coach for the REACH Academy at Sunny Hill Innovative Learning Center. He is a graduate of Haywood High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Union University. He earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from Trevecca University in 2008. He has taught school for 23 years and has been an administrator for seven years. His wife is Suzie McCay May, who is a teacher at Anderson Early Childhood Center. They have two sons, Flynt and Braxton.

Opal Hay, Parent/Family Involvement Facilitator

Georgia Robinson, Secretary

Mitchell Turner, SRO


Chris Brackeen, Spanish-HHS football coach

Robyn Claxton, Alternative School

Kay Cunningham, Alg. I/Physical Science

Brett Grant, P.E./Wellness, PLATO

Patience Jerrolds, English

Timothy Martin, Science/Math

Travis Morton, Inclusion TA

Dave Rogers, TA

Julian Stanz, History

Winston Varnado, ASPIRE Academy


Kelly Thrash, Teacher

Augustine Morton, TA

Lenora Oldham, TA

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Kimberley Bell, TA

Nutrition Personnel

Christopher Shaw, Manager