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.

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.

Tony Lambert

Assistant Principal

Mr. Tony Lambert has joined the Haywood High School’s administrative team, serving as assistant principal. He has dedicated several years of his educational career in the classroom working directly with students by way of teaching sixth and eighth grades ELA in middle school and teaching high school students Read 180. He has not only inspired students academically but through sharing in his passion for basketball by being a head and assistant coach as well as strength and conditioning trainer to his teams.

Mr. Lambert comes to us from Humboldt High School, where he taught Read 180 and assisted the leadership of the school with discipline issues where needed. It is during that time that Mr. Lambert developed a desire to be a part of a school’s leadership team and decided to further his career by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Leadership.

Mr. Lambert is originally from Newbern, TN, where he had an outstanding basketball career. He went on to play basketball and graduate from Freed Hardeman University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Leadership from the University of Memphis.

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.


Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Mr. Merriweather is a Brownsville native and      
graduateof Haywood High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in Organizational Leadership. He has worked with
Haywood County Schools for several years as Assistant Band Director, brass instructor, and substitute teacher.  Mr. Merriweather currently serving as the Dual Enrollment Coordinator for Haywood High School. He has played an integral part in the program’s development, implementation, and management. He has also helped successfully incorporate technology for the support of distance learning and communications.



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

Lena Thomas-Moore, Assistant Principal

Tony Lambert, Assistant Principal

Paige Ferguson, Instructor Facilitator

Grace Fergie, Testing Coordinator

Lane Gillespie, Data Clerk

Jordan Clagg, Secretary

Karen German, Bookkeeper – HHS/CTE

Vicki Deberry, School Counselor

Allison Keathley, School Counselor

Doris Leavy, School Counselor

Amanda Simpson


Patrick Black, Criminal Justice

Patrice Boyd, English

Chris Brackeen, History

Allyson Byrum, Tomcat TV/Service Learning

Emily Carpenter, Drama

Holly Chilcutt, English

Callie Coates, Agriculture

Datris Cobb, Choir – General Music

Cynthia Cresap, Health Science

Maj. Delois Dailey, JROTC

Jackie Deming, Spanish

Jackie Dillingham, Inclusion

Chris Eubanks, Math

Andre Flowers, Business

Julia Flowers, Librarian

Tameka Forrest, Chemistry

Jennifer Friedman, Art

Tyanne Greene, 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, Chemistry

Tyrone Hines, Inclusion

Guain Holloman, Computer Applications & Business Management

Brian Ivey, Science

Jareeka Johnson, Health Sciences

Sarita Johnson, Math

Zandra Jones, Math

John Joyner, Agriculture

Laurinda Lamb, Business

Madison Lewis, Agriculture

Deborah Simpson, SPED

Suzanna Martinez, English

Rick Mason, History

Skipper Moss, Electrical I & II

Kelsey Nave, Math

Sgt. John Parker, JROTC

Beth Powell, CDC

Adron Rebstock, Math

Logan Rebstock, History

Charles Rogers, Economics/History

Rachel Savage, Math

Shandi Sheets, English

Oliver Simmons, P.E.

Chris Smith, History and Football

Kierra Smith, Math

Kelly South, English

Julian Stanz, Inclusion

Hattie Starks, Inclusion

Tanesha Walker, Math

Amy Webb, Speech and Communications

Maclin Williamson, Biology

John Wilson, Wellness

Lee Wilson, History

Educational Assistants

Humberto Aguilar – EA – CDC
Quanita Blair –
Jo Ann Bobbit – EA – Inclusion –
Mary Bufford – EA – CDC –
Rodney Chatman –
Sanidra Douglas – EA
Andrea Gaters – PA –
Beverly Greer – EA-CDC –
Bridgett Leake – ISS –
Augustine Morton – EA-CDC –
Desiree Russell, PA –

Nutritional Personnel

Cynthia Turner, Manager
Kathy Waddell, Assistant Manager
Mary Bershires, staff
Willie Carter, staff
Loretta Clark, staff
Phyllis Jeter, staff
Deborah Newbern, staff
Jackie Stocking, staff
Rhyshalle Tyus, staff