Mr. John Taylor began his career in education in 1992 as a History teacher at East High School. While at East, he coached football and baseball. After teaching at East for three years, he accepted a history teaching position at Houston, teaching both standard and AP classes. While at Houston he has coached football, wrestling, and softball. Mr. Taylor has been an Assistant Principal since 2004 and began his tenure as principal in 2018.
Mr. Taylor’s educational background includes a Bachelors of History from Rhodes College and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. He has been married to Marje, a Special Education Teacher for Bartlett City Schools, for 21 years and has two children, Matthew (Class of 2015) and Charlotte (Class of 2018).
Abel, Mrs. Missy
Missy Abel began her teaching career as a math teacher at Briarcrest in 1992 while also coaching cross country and track, and moved on to Collierville High School from 1995-2011 as a math teacher and testing advisor. She then served as District Lead Math Teacher of legacy Shelby County Schools—along with statewide positions on the STEM Leadership Council, as a math coach, and as an item writer for state assessments. She served as the STEM Advisor of the merged SCS district before joining the GMSD team. Serving in her first year as Vice Principal at Houston High School, Mrs. Abel has been the instructional supervisor for secondary education since the formation of the district in 2014.
Mrs. Abel attended Mississippi State University earning a minor in Computer Science and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Blue Mountain College. She received her Masters of Arts in Education from Bethel University. She is married to Shawn Abel, math teacher at Houston Middle School and assistant football coach at HHS. They are thankful for their three wonderful children, Jonathan, Reagan, and Julia, and a daughter-in-law, Jennie.
At HHS, Mrs. Abel is responsible for curriculum & instruction, school counseling services, and master schedule/Skyward.
Assistant Principal- 11th and 12th grades Discipline, clubs, PTSO Liason
Mrs. Kathryn Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Memphis and also earned her Master of Science in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Memphis. She began her educational career with Memphis City Schools and then moved to Germantown Middle School before coming to Houston in 1990. Initially she began teaching several levels of English including Honors and AP. Her move to administration occurred in 1997.
Mrs. Jones’ husband is retired from Federal Express, and they have two grown children and three grandchildren who attend Bartlett and Collierville schools. Mrs. Jones is currently the
Mrs. Jones is the 11th grade administrator responsible for substitutes, grade level discipline, and extracurricular activities.
Assistant Principal- Attendance for all grades, Testing coordinator
Mrs. Janna Matykiewicz began her career in education in 1990 as a math teacher at Bolton High School. After teaching there for ten years, she accepted a position at Cordova High School as an assistant principal and served in that capacity for seven years. She returned to Bolton for a while as an administrator and was fortunate to be hired at Houston High School in 2014. She is so happy to be a Mustang!
Mrs. Matykiewicz’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is married to a fantastic man and has two beautiful daughters, one handsome son, and 8 awesome grandchildren.
Mrs. Matykiewicz is the 9th grade administrator. Her responsibilities also include parking and testing.
Assistant Principal- 10th Grade Discipline, parking/traffic, textbooks
Excited to be returning to the Memphis area, Mr. Ross joins Houston High School as an Assistant Principal after serving as the Principal of North Pontotoc Middle School in Mississippi. Prior to serving as Principal, Mr. Ross served 3 years as an Assistant Principal at Oxford High School and 9 years as a history teacher at White Station High School. Mr. Ross completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri- St. Louis with a degree in Secondary Education/Political Science and his graduate studies at Trevecca Nazarene University with a degree in Educational Leadership. He and his beautiful wife, Jerica, are the parents to 3 kids 5 and under (River, Canyon, Meadow). In his down time, he enjoys the outdoors, great music, good 'Que, and making memories with his 3 babies.
Suchman, Dr. Thomas
Assistant Principal- 9th grade Discipline, 504 Coordinator, buses, and lockers
Dr. Suchman left the Kansas City area (Lees Summit, MO) to
attend Rhodes College and stayed in Memphis.
Graduating with a teaching license and a degree in English,
Dr. Suchman was thrilled to start teaching at HHS early in his career.
Determined to never stop learning, Suchman completed a
masters degree in education at Cumberland University and a doctorate in
Educational Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University.
When not teaching, Dr. Suchman enjoys reading, growing his
record collection, studying cinema, playing with his dogs, swimming and
cycling. He is also an avid fan of punk
rock and spent years playing, touring, and recording with different bands.
Dr. Suchman will be overseeing 9th grade discipline, 504 coordinator, lockers, and busing.