Meet the Faculty/Staff

Haywood Middle School
1201 Haralson
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: (731) 772-3265
Fax: (731) 772-3352

Michelle Tillman


Michelle Tillman 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 20 years, with both of their children graduating from Haywood High School and pursuing careers in education.

Grover Harwell

Assistant Principal

Grover Harwell has been appointed as the assistant principal for Haywood Middle School.  Coach Harwell has been a teacher in Haywood County since August 2007, and he served as the interim assistant principal at HMS from April 23-May 24, 2017.  He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Lambuth University and a MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.  Coach Harwell completed his educational leadership work through Freed Hardeman University.  Most recently, he has been selected as a Tennessee Educator Fellow for the Tennessee Department of Education through SCORE.  Please join me in welcoming Grover to the leadership team at HMS.

Tim Seymour

Assistant Principal  


Instructional Facilitator

Nicole Johnson will serve as Haywood Middle School Instructional Facilitator.  She is a native of Brownsville and a product of Haywood County Schools.  She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education at Austin Peay State University and a Masters 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 at East Side.


Mary Jane Williams

Instructional Facilitator    

Mary Jane Williams is the language arts Instructional Facilitator for Haywood Middle School.  After graduating from Haywood County High School, she attended the University of Mississippi and graduated from Lambuth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and education. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis. Mrs. Williams taught MUSIC AND ENGLISH FROM 1973 – 1976 at Tennessee Academy. Beginning in 1987, she taught seventh and eighth grade English at Haywood Junior High until 2012 when she became the ELA Instructional Facilitator for Haywood Middle School. She was married to the late Wayne Williams and has three children and two grandchildren. She serves as pianist at First Presbyterian Church in Brownsville.



Michelle Tillman, Principal

Tim Seymour, Assistant Principal

Grover Harwell, Assistant Principal

Nicole Johnson, Instructional Facilitator

Mary Jane Williams, Instructional Facilitator

Nicholas Grayson, School Counselor

Georgia Robinson, Secretary

Jean Lein, Secretary

Mary Hernandez, Bookkeeper

Victoria Gillespie, Data Entry

6th Grade

Lindsay Benson, Social Studies

Tracy Cheney, Math

Cindy Currie, Science

Lacey Gaylord, ELA

Shaquana Leonard, Math

Veronica Matthews, ELA

Lacy Moore, Science

Tom Orr, Social Studies

Mallorie Taylor, ELA

7th Grade

Merry Bond, Math

Hannah Byrd, Math

Brenda Graves, Science

JoLyn Haynes, Science

Sandra Humphreys, Math

Chissolssi Jones, ELA

Mary Jane McKissick, Math

Amanda Trotter – Owens, Social Studies

Jasmine Taylor, ELA

Jeff Wells, Social Studies

8th Grade

Terii Cummins, Science

Patsy Cobb, Math

Darrience Delk, Math

Rachel Dreyer, Math

Amanda McNeal, ELA

Phillip Reaves, Social Studies

Alyssa Reid, ELA

Vladimir Valdez, Science

Special Services

6th Grade

Mamie Converse

Megan Masterson

7th Grade

Patrick Bryant 

Kelly Thrash

8th Grade

Flamesha Taylor

Alex Whitwell


Leah Brigham, Art

Xavier Clay, P.E.

Cindy Moore, STEM

Sheena Parker, Library/Intervention

Arethria Turner, Music

Marianne Valdez, Band

Jason Winfrey, PE

Educational Assistants

Kimberly Bell

Chante Campbell

Wardean Mabon

Vernon Mann

Tyion Shaw


Brenda Parker, Manager
Mamie Sue Watson, Assistant Manager
Carolyn Cooper
Terrion Cooper
Laura Davis
Dianne Lanier
Cresandra Springfield
Sandra Williamson