Drayton Hawkins is in his twenty-third year in education, currently serving as Director of Middle School Education for Haywood County Schools in Brownsville, TN. In this role he is leads district-level support for grades 5-8.
Prior to taking on a district administrator role three years ago, Drayton served as a school-level administrator at all grade levels in the county: as Assistant Principal at Anderson Early Childhood Center (PreK-K) and Sunny Hill Elementary (5-6), Principal at Ripley Primary School (PreK-2,) Assistant Principal at Haywood High School (9-12,) and Director of Sunny Hill Innovative Learning Center. Drayton taught literature and writing, computer, and English language arts to seventh grade students at Haywood Junior High School for eight years before moving into administration.
Drayton is a proud graduate of Tennessee State University where he earned a B.A. English. He completed his teacher education courses at the University of Memphis and holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.
You can follow Drayton on Twitter at @MrHawk731.
Drayton shared Haywood’s curriculum journey in a column for The 74, Curriculum Case Study: How a More Rigorous Curriculum Got Students in a Rural Tennessee District to Stop Skipping School