Dr. Haywood, a resident of Rogersville, Tennessee, is personnel director for Hawkins County Schools. She began her teaching career at Surgoinsville Elementary after spending eleven years raising her six children. She taught for the next fourteen years at Hawkins Elementary before returning to ETSU for her master's degree in elementary education. She helped organize Hawkins County's Teacher Center, which serves as a support center for Hawkins County Teachers, and allows access to teaching materials that might be hard to come by in the classroom. It is the first center of this kind in Tennessee. Dr. Haywood has held membership and offices in numerous organizations. including sitting on the boards of directors for the Tennessee Education Association, Appalachian Educational Laboratory, and the Rogersville Heritage Association. She sings, and writes songs, prose, poems, and children's stories.