Meet the Faculty/Staff

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


Brittany avent

Haywood High Principal

Brittany Avent will begin her second year as the Principal of Haywood High School.  Ms. Avent has been an accomplished math educator at Bolivar Central High School, a district-level Teacher of the Year agriculture educator for Ripley High School, and an involved Director of Secondary and Career Technical Education for Haywood County Schools.  Ms. Avent has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.  She has been a key member of the district leadership in HCS by being an active participant in the paradigm shift within academics, leadership, and culture.  Avent’s leadership in Career Technical education served well to implement a shared vision for Haywood High School by developing dual enrollment partnerships with TCAT and work-based learning opportunities with local industry. Evaluating local needs is a critical component of creating a seamless pipeline, transitioning students from K-12 to industry and postsecondary opportunities. In the past two years, Haywood High School introduced more than 300 industry-recognized certifications and received over $670,000 through grants. While Ms. Avent understands a focus on Career Technical education and local needs are critical to economic success for Haywood County, she does not forget the importance of equitable access to education through the investment in high-quality instructional materials and opportunities. As the Director of Secondary Education, she has worked simultaneously with the current administration team to provide the high school with structured professional learning communities, implemented cyclical and continuous walkthroughs, and worked to build capacity among the administration staff around ELA shifts and rigor and coherence in Math.  As principal of Haywood High School, Avent will continue the role of the executive officer of the building to lead and continuously grow employees, partner with family and community, and develop an environment where all decisions are student-centered.

Nicole johnson

Assistant Principal

Nicole Johnson will assume the role of assistant principal/testing coordinator at Haywood High School for the 2021-2022 school year.  Ms. Johnson is a native of Brownsville and a product of Haywood County Schools.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education at Austin Peay State University and a Master’s in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction from Trevecca Nazarene University.  Ms. Johnson received her Instructional Leadership Licensure in October 2015. Ms. Johnson began her teaching career at East Side in 2010, teaching English Language Arts at the 4th and 5th grade levels. She served in this capacity until becoming the Instructional Facilitator.  Nicole served as assistant principal at East Side Intermediate for the 2018-2019 school year and assistant principal at Haywood Middle School for 2019-2020 and assistant principal at Sunny Hill Intermediate School for 2020-2021.

Tony Lambert

Assistant Principal

Antonio T. Lambert (Tony) will begin his third year as the assistant principal at Haywood High School.  In this role, Mr. Lambert will work directly with Ms. Brittany Avent and the HHS administrative team to support the teachers, staff, and students. Mr. Tony Lambert has devoted thirteen years to the educational success of students on the middle and high school levels. Before arriving at Haywood High School, Mr. Lambert served at Humboldt Jr/Sr. High for three years. During that position, he served as the Read 180 Teacher, Boys and Girls Basketball Assistant Coach, as well as the school district’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Mr. Lambert has a passion for building relationships with staff and students and he looks forward to serving in this capacity of developing and mentoring students for future success. Mr. Lambert received his Bachelor of Science in Arts and Humanities from Freed-Hardeman University where he was also inducted into the Basketball Sports Hall of Fame. He completed the University of Memphis Leadership Scholars where he received his master’s in Leadership and Policy Studies. Mr. Lambert has a great work ethic that will help to impact the success going further at Haywood High School.

Chris McCorkle

Assistant Principal 

Chris McCorkle will serve as an assistant principal at Haywood High School for the 2021-2022 school year.  Mr. McCorkle spent the 2020-2021 school year as principal at Sunny Hill Intermediate School, and he spent the 2019-2020 school year as the Assistant Director at our REACH Academy and Alternative Learning Center on the Sunny Hill campus.  Mr. McCorkle received his Bachelor’s Degree in History with Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University, and his  Ed.S. in  Educational Leadership: Principalship at Arkansas State University. Mr. McCorkle has taught multiple subjects in multiple grade levels for the past nine years. He completed two years with Haywood County Schools where he has taught 6th grade social studies. Before that, he taught at Ripley Middle School for four years where he provided instruction in 7th grade science and social studies.  Mr. McCorkle has also taught grades 9-12 at Waldron High School in Arkansas. At Waldron High School, he taught many different classes including: Contemporary American History, World History, Economics, Physical Science and Credit Recovery.  Chris brings commitment, excitement, and passion for all students to his new role in HCS.

kelsey nave

Assistant Principal 

Kelsey Nave will continue in her role of Assistant Principal at Haywood High School for the 2021-2022 school year.  Ms. Nave joined the administrative team after serving as a motivating mathematics teacher with ten years of experience at the secondary level and seven years of experience at the post-secondary level. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics from Southern Illinois University, and she holds an additional master’s degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.  As an experienced secondary and post-secondary teacher, Nave has developed a passion for creating students that leave high school prepared to be a successful citizen. Mathematical skills are vital for students to master because they promote logical thinking and problem solving, and students who leave high school with these skills can apply them in their careers and be much more successful than those who do not. Teaching at the secondary level has taught her how to motivate and educate students from various backgrounds and socioeconomic situations. She has learned to develop highly effective lesson plans that motivate students to master the standards.  The accomplishment that she is most proud of in her teaching career is creating an advisory program through the state-funded program Setting Students Up for Success. This program completely changed her teaching identity and lead her to understand the importance of creating holistic students.




Brittany Avent,  Principal

Nicole Johnson, Assistant Principal

Chris McCorkle, Assistant Principal

Tony Lambert, Assistant Principal

Kelsey Nave, Assistant Principal

Lane Gillespie, Data Clerk

Jordan Clagg, Secretary

Karen German, Bookkeeper – HHS/CTE

Vicki Deberry, School Counselor

Doris Leavy, School Counselor

Jamiya Bells, School Nurse

Laura Clayton, School Nurse

Amanda Simpson, Secretary – School Guidance

Leigh Hay, TSW Case Manager

Anthony Jones, SRO



Holly Chilcutt

Elizabeth Guth

Jean Little, Virtual

Shandi Sheets

Kelly South

Fine Arts

Allyson Byrum, Broadcasting

Datris Cobb, Music

Jennifer Friedman, Art

Jocelyn Sanabria, Drama

Van Wadley, Band

physical education/wellness

Catherine Hamilton, PE

Chris Smith, PE

John Wilson, Wellness


Cheryl Bates

Chris Eubanks

Adam Guerrero, Virtual

Sarita Johnson

Zandra Jones

Adron Rebstock

Rachel Savage

Jazmyne Singleton

Kierra Smith

world language

Chris Brackeen, Spanish

Jackie Deming, Spanish

Sulema Leon, Spanish


Patrick Black, Criminal Justice

Callie Coats, Agriculture

Cynthia Cresap, Health Science

Tim Hayes, Culinary Arts

Sarah Haynes, Family Consumer Science

Lisa Heflin, Health Science

Guain Holloman, Business

Jereeka Johnson, Health Science

John Joyner, Agriculture

Madison Lewis, Agriculture

James Moss, Electrical I & II

Amy Webb, Business


Frank Chapman, Virtual

Tameka Forrest, Chemistry

Brad Henry, Chemistry

Brian Ivey, Science

Maclin Williamson, Biology

social studies/history

Zach Harris, History

Rick Mason, History

Nathan Miles, Social Studies

Julian Stanz, Virtual

Logan Rebstock, History

Lee Wilson, History


Delois Dailey

John Parker

personal finance

Kevin Walker


Kayla McBride


Beth Powell

Hattie Starks


Jackie Dillingham

Tyann Greene

Tyrone Hines

Mike Mirelez

Educational Assistants

Sanidra Douglas –
Bridgett Leake –
Andrea Manley –
Quintravion McCurry
Augustine Morton –
Quanita Blair –
Humberto Aguilar – EA – CDC –
Beverly Greer – EA – CDC –
Mary Bufford – EA – CDC –
Joe Ann Bobbitt – EA – Inclusion –
Rodney Chatman – EA – PA –
Vicky Smith – EA – SPED –

Nutritional Personnel

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


William Bell, Crew Leader
Esther Jetter
Napoleon Muex
Michael Watkins