leads by example in his
Haynes, 38, was born to a teenage mother and had a father who spent time incarcerated.
lived as a youth in a public housing development in Franklin.
"I understand how that affects you socially and mentally,'' Haynes
said of his
Haynes, a 14-year veteran of Metro Schools, has been an assistant principal for six years, at Dodson, Una, and the last two at Napier the last two years.
Williams recommended Haynes
to be her successor.
And Williams and Haynes
believe the faculty necessary for students at Napier to succeed is in place.
"We understand to serve at Napier
you have to go beyond the 8 to 3:45 type of hours,'' Haynes
"We have to engage this community in a way that is different than other schools I've been at.''
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Help for parents
Parent Anna Morgan said Haynes
and the Napier
staff have visited the homes of students and families.
recalled how Haynes
went outside of school hours to a neighbor's home with Napier students because it had caught on fire.
wanted to make sure they had what they needed.
Haynes is Napier's third principal in three years, and there is a desire for as much continuity as possible.
That's another reason Haynes was recommended and chosen.
Haynes wants to hold workshops and activities for parents; some began last year, and he
hopes they will continue on a steady basis.
to stay there forever,'' Haynes
"Most parents want what's best for
their children, but sometimes they don't know how.
Ultimately, everything we do will benefit the children.''
Establishing an active PTO is another goal, Haynes
For the last nine years Haynes has been the director of the Charles Davis Foundation's
Camp PEACE program that serves about 200 youths in a six-week session with academic, cultural and athletic elements included.
Napier was one of the locations with about 50 children.
"This was a job meant for me as I begin my principal career,'' Haynes
Terrance Haynes, the new principal at Napier Enhanced Option Elementary, works with Devonte Brown and Edrick Doak in a third and fourth grade class during a summer program.
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Terrance Haynes, the new principal at Napier Enhanced Option Elementary, works with Devonte Brown and Edrick Doak in a third and fourth grade class during a summer program.(George Walker IV/The Tennessean)