The mission of the faculty and staff of Haywood Middle School is to instill in our students a lifelong desire for learning and to equip them with a balanced curriculum which includes reading, language, writing, math, science, social studies, technology, character education, health and physical education, and fine arts which will enable them to become productive, contributing citizens in our society.




Michelle Tillman will begin her fourth year as principal of Haywood Middle School. Michelle began her teaching career in 1994 and started her tenure with Haywood County Schools as the Choral Director at HHS in 2001. Ms. Tillman served as HHS CTE Director from 2009-2010 and Vice-Principal from 2010-2014. From 2014-2018 she served as an Instructional Supervisor for HCS as well as the Read to be Ready Coach for grades K-2. Michelle and her husband Sammy have lived in Brownsville for over 20 years, with both of their children graduating from Haywood High School and both have careers in education.



Assistant Principal 

Tim Seymour will begin his fourth year as assistant principal for Haywood Middle School.  Coach Seymour is a native of Haywood County and a graduate of Haywood High. He started his teaching career in 2001 and became the first African American head football coach at Haywood High.  Seymour has also served in several leadership roles including: ALC Coordinator 2011, Haywood High School Assistant Principal 2012-2017, and Haywood Middle School Assistant Principal 2018-present. He also currently serves as the Haywood County School Director of Athletics. Seymour values cultivating strong relationship with students and teachers. He is married to Alisa Seymour.


Assistant Principal 

Terry McMillan will begin his second year as assistant principal at Haywood Middle School.  Mr. McMillan has been an educator since 2012, and he has served as a history teacher and coach in Harrison County, KY, Lauderdale County, Haywood County, and Tipton County.  In 2018-2019, Coach McMillan was a teacher and assistant football coach for Haywood High School. Mr. McMillan holds a B.S degree in secondary education from Union College and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Lipscomb University.  From 2006-2015, McMillan served in the Army National Guard where he was an infantry officer, platoon leader during Operation New Dawn at Joint Base Bald in Iraq, bronze star recipient, and an instructor for Army Officer candidate school.  Coach McMillan will also serve HMS in the role of middle school athletic director.  McMillan’s wife, Hollie, is a middle school math/science teacher at Halls Jr. High School, and they have two children.  Coach McMillan is excited to return to Haywood County Schools to serve our Haywood Tomcats in 7th and 8th Grade.


Instructional Facilitator

Chissolssi Jones is a native of Brownsville and a Haywood High School graduate.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a master’s degree in Instructional Curriculum and Leadership from the University of Memphis.  Chissolssi has served in Haywood County Schools for a total of seventeen years.  She worked with kindergarten students as a teacher assistant at Anderson Early Childhood Center.  She also taught seventh-grade English Language Arts at Haywood Middle School for five years and served as a teacher leader, mentor, and a Beta Club sponsor.

Her recognitions and awards include 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, District Teacher of the Year for Grades 5-8, an Edu 20/20 Teacher Spotlight, and WBBJ Educator of the Week.  Chissolssi is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society of Educators.  This is her first year as the instructional facilitator.  She is excited about the opportunity to support teachers as well as students.

Meet the faculty and staff for the Haywood Middle School

School Handbook with useful info for students and parents

School breaks and progress reports


Federal programs which are a part of all schools.