AFA's prestigious Teacher of the Year awards, at the local, state, and national levels, are presented annually to the educator who has gone "the extra mile" to inspire students and increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Five statewide chapters in Tennessee nominated "outstanding STEM teachers who are furthering excellence and making coming to class an adventure." Haynes was honored at the AFA state convention in early May in Knoxville, Tenn. and his name and nomination will be submitted for national consideration.
Haynes began teaching in 1989. Since 2000, he has taught physics at Chattanooga's Girls Preparatory School and was named GPS's Upper School Teacher of the Year in 2010. He has also taught chemistry, astronomy, and math. In his current physics curriculum, students are involved in several self-directed projects and field trips. Every spring, his classes visit the local carousel to study circular motion. The students also wire their own unique lamps, and he directed one student in the creation of her own guitar. Haynes also sponsors JETS (the Junior Engineering Technical Society). He serves on the selection committees for National Honor Society and Cum Laude.
Haynes is the son of Douglas and Norma Haynes of Dyersburg. He graduated from Dyersburg High School in 1981. He earned his bachelor's from Rhodes College and his master's at the University of Virginia.