Administration

John Taylor
Taylor, John
Principal
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).
Shannon Blackburn
Blackburn, Shannon
Assistant Principal
Ms. Blackburn will serve as an assistant principal with a focus on assisting teachers' development of instruction and organizational expertise which she fine-tuned in Kentucky’s Fayette County Schools as a school administrator.  She brings a wealth of leadership experience and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri.  
 
Ms. Blackburn comes with 15 years of experience in education and has served in various leadership roles, including District-level Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, and most recently, Principal of Ashland Elementary School in Lexington.  In her many roles, Ms. Blackburn is foremost an instructional leader, well-versed in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data to meet the needs of all students as well as identifying interventions to support their individualized learning.
Janna Matykiewicz
Matykiewicz, Janna
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.

Paul Ross
Ross, Paul
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.
Dr. Thomas Suchman
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.

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